Tree of Life UU Congregation names new musical team

  • Cassandra Vohs-Demann, music director at Tree of Life

    Cassandra Vohs-Demann, music director at Tree of Life

  • Billy Seger, accompanist at Tree of Life

    Billy Seger, accompanist at Tree of Life

Submitted by Tree of Life
Posted9/10/2019 7:43 PM

The Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road in McHenry, will have new leadership this year for its choir and music program.

Cassandra Vohs-Demann has been named music director and will be joined by Billy Seger as accompanist.


The pair takes up their duties after Forrest Ransburg, music director for the past three years, resigned to further his professional music education in Maryland.

Vohs-Demann is well known in McHenry County as a performer, singer songwriter, vocal coach, and owns A Place to Shine Music. She is the founder and artistic director of the Woodstock Community Choir, curates and hosts monthly Second Saturday Concerts and hosts the Original Open Mic at Stage Left Café at Stage Left. She also leads the Ukulele Super Heroes. She is no stranger to Tree of Life having sung with the choir and performed at Coffee House programs. Last year, she teamed with Forrest Ransburg for a special joint concert at the church last spring.

Billy Seger first started participating in musical theatre productions, choir, and piano lessons at the age of 8. He is remembered for his enthusiastic performances in productions of Dille's Follies presented by the church when it was known as the Congregational Unitarian Congregation in Woodstock. He graduated from Millikin University's prestigious School of Theater and Dance in 2009. He went on to perform professionally across the country, including two national tours, two international contracts aboard Oceania Cruise Lines, and two Christmas seasons as a backup singer/dancer for country superstar Pam Tillis. Segar currently lives in Woodstock and works as a professional director/choreographer for various theater companies including Woodstock High School and Raue Center for the Arts.

The Tree of Life Choir, under Vohs-Demann's direction, will perform during the annual in-gathering service and water communion Sunday, Sept. 15. A picnic on the grounds will follow the service.

For information, contact the church at (815) 322-2464, e-mail, or visit .

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