The vision of the Irish Heritage Singers is to preserve, perform and bring to life the cultural heritage of Irish music to the Chicago community and wherever the spirit of the Irish is present and to be cultural and artistic ambassadors of the IAHC.
In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, a group of individuals began to sing Irish songs together, meeting regularly at the IAHC. In 1985, the Irish American Heritage Singers Choral Group was formed under the auspices of the Center. Between 1985 and 1999, the group grew to a membership of 22 and began, under their new directors, to broaden their repertoire to include pieces involving four-part harmony.
In 1996, the group changed its name to the Irish Heritage Singers. Since 2000, the group has grown to approximately 45 members of all ages and increased its visibility through its numerous public performances. The Singers perform traditional Irish and Irish-American music including songs as well as music by contemporary Irish choral composers. To date, the Irish Heritage Singers is one of the very few Irish/Irish American choral ensembles in the United States.
The Irish Heritage Singers perform at Irish Fest on Saturday, July 8 at 12 pm.