They won the regional competition, now the Buffalo Grove Park District's traveling vocal ensemble, Encore! is on a big national stage.
The chorus won half of the competition Sing!, sponsored locally by the Deer Park Shopping Center. The other winner, Martin Hughes, is a soloist from Chicago.
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Both Encore! and Hughes are now automatically competing in the national Sing! competition, against winners in 10 other regional contests.
Encore! performs "Be Still" by Kevin Briody.
The performances are all on video at deerpark.2011sing.com. See the videos and vote, up until 11 a.m. Oct. 31.
The winning chorus will receive $20,000 for their favorite charity, which for Encore! is the Lauri S. Bauer Foundation for Sudden Loss.
Encore! is directed by Linda Rosen. Members who are participating in the competition are Robin Axel, Bruce Bohrer, Steve Bulmash, Catherine Crandal, Teri Dickinson, Tricia Dockery, Pam Enright, Wendy Friedman, Donna Garfield, Mike Garfield, Jill Gavin, Stacy Groner, Jeanette Kratz, Lori Lapping, Debbie Macklin, Greg McWright, Cathy Novak, Jerry Rottman, Lynne Schneider, Steve Schneider, Lenna Scott, Mel Siegal, Charla Silver, Shelly Spector and Wendy Zimmerman.
Those who voted in any of the previous rounds are already registered. If you have not yet voted, simply complete the registration form, then confirm your registration via email and you are ready to vote. Everyone can vote once a day.
"I am humbled by the thoughtfulness of Encore! to honor Lauri's memory and our Foundation," said Scott Bauer, who lost his wife, Lauri, in January to a sudden heart arrhythmia.
"This is the ultimate example of community outreach and we are thankful for their amazing effort, not to mention their outstanding talent," he added.
"Despite our tragedy, we have been fortunate to have a support network of incredible family and friends to help us through the pain and ultimately recapture our lives. It has also allowed the many that Lauri touched to begin the long and difficult journey of healing.
"Unfortunately, many families do not have these resources. The purpose of this foundation is to help those who have suffered a sudden loss and in need of assistance reclaim their lives."
For more information on the Lauri S. Bauer Foundation For Sudden Loss, go to tulipsforlauri.org.
For more information on Encore!, visit bgencore.org.