Our 20th Anniversary Concert marks the final performances of our beloved colleague Susan Schober, a founding ensemble member of Chicago a cappella. Susan has decided to depart our stage in order to spend more time with her young family, after a remarkable run of 193 series performances with Chicago a cappella.
When the ensemble performed its first concert, Susan was only 18 years old, making her the youngest member the group has ever had. When she took the lead on “They Are Falling All Around Me” at that very first concert, it was clear that she brought extraordinary gifts to the ensemble. Her velvety vocals, superb musicianship, and irresistible stage presence have made her an audience favorite ever since. She made indelible impressions with solos in “Chicago Bound Blues,” “Una matica de ruda,” Fever,” “Prayer of the Venerable Bede,” and “Wade in the Water,” among many others.
Although we will dearly miss her presence on our stages, Susan will continue to serve behind the scenes as our Education Outreach Coordinator. In her first two years in that role, she has already created a unique and innovative High School Internship Program and an exciting Youth Choral Festival. We look forward to her future successes in bringing choral singing to the next generation.
From the entire ensemble, Board of Directors, and staff – past and present – thank you, Susan, for 20 years of your wonderful talent.