Heritage Chorale Leaders
Tehra Hiolski has served as accompanist for Heritage Chorale since 1990. She teaches general music in Oak Park's elementary school district and accompanies many area musicians in both recital and competition. She taught piano privately for 16 years and has also worked with the Merit music program in Chicago. A native of Oak Park, she received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in music education from VanderCook College in Chicago.
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James Kallembach, artistic director of Heritage Chorale, is director of choral activities and senior lecturer in music at the University of Chicago, where he conducts the University Chorus, Motet Choir, and Rockefeller Chapel Choir and directs the Vocal Studies and Choral Scholars programs. He is also the founder and director of the Quire and Place concert series at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.
A versatile conductor, Mr. Kallembach has performed large portions of the canonic choral literature of all periods. He has been called a “first-rate choral conductor and scholar” by the Chicago Tribune, and his interpretation of new music has been heralded as “rich and polished” by the Chicago Classical Review. A tireless advocate of new choral works, he has conducted premieres of works by William Bolcom, Shulamit Ran, and James MacMillan, among others.
Mr. Kallembach’s work as a composer has been honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers; the American Choral Directors Association; the American Composers’ Forum; the Brooklyn Art Song Society; Boston Chorus Pro Musica; and VocalEssence, to list a few. His catalogue of compositions contains 50 pieces for solo voice, including several song cycles, a St. John Passion for strings, soloists, and choir, and Songs on Letters of John and Abigail Adams. His Four Romantic Songsappear on the Brooklyn Art Song Society’s New Voicesalbum.
Mr. Kallembach received his doctorate in choral conducting from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
Heritage Chorale Board of Directors
Mary Rogan, President
Larry Ritsert, Vice President
Barbara Hofmaier, Secretary
Beth Zeiter, Treasurer