Irish Heritage Singers

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The Irish Heritage Singers. The name says it all, right? Well, no. There’s much more.

Sharing Ireland’s rich musical heritage is the group’s passion. Pub favorites and folk songs, of course, but also the whimsy of Percy French, the poetry of William Butler Yeats, the rhythmic excitement of Gaelic revival works. And U2. And Enya. And Celtic Woman. Plus the music of such Irish-American composers as Stephen C. Foster and George M. Cohan. The Singers are ambassadors for Irish music, and for the Irish American Heritage Center. And this: Singing is fun.

The weeks leading up to St. Patrick’s Day are our busiest, but the group performs all year long; at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg, at Cantigny in Wheaton, at theaters and libraries throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest and at the Center’s Irish Fest in July. And maybe for you.


A few words about our music director, Paul Matijevic. Two degrees in piano performance from DePaul University, an alumnus of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the William Ferris Chorale, Bella Voce. A superior musician.  Paul is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of Musical Artists, Chorus America, and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

The Irish Heritage Singers: Culture and passion, ambassadors and entertainers. And fun.

Venues where the Singers have performed:

  • Cantigny Park, Wheaton, IL
  • Metropolis Performing Arts Center, Arlington Heights, IL
  • Prairie Center for the Arts, Schaumburg, IL
  • Skokie Theatre – Skokie, IL
  • Taste of Chicago; Guests of the Chieftains
  • Mount Prospect, Poplar Creek, and other area libraries
  • Luther Village and other adult and  assisted living communities
  • Milwaukee Irish Fest
  • Irish Fest at Gaelic Park
  • Arlington Heights, Long Grove, Peoria and other Irish Fests
  • Elmhurst, IL Park District’s Music  Under the Stars Concert Series
  • Hoffman Estates Park District’s Summer Concert Series
  • Numerous St. Patrick’s Day festivities
  • Performances for two Presidents of Ireland
  • National Anthem for Schaumburg Boomers, Kane County Cougars and the Chicago Bulls
  • The Sligo International Choral Festival, Sligo Ireland

IAHS Bulls GameThe group has also sung at numerous masses and weddings and the IAHC’s Christmas and Palm Sunday Masses, and perform music in English, Latin and Irish.

Can the Irish Heritage Singers perform for you? To book a performance, for a CD sampler of their music, or for general inquiries, contact John Mahal, Marketing Director at 847-989-5233 or

2018 Performances

Sunday, June 17-First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights, 3:40pm

The Singers are special guest of Emmet Cahill, award-winning Irish tenor and principal singer with the popular Irish music show Celtic Thunder. The Irish Heritage Singers will open for Cahill’s concert and join him for a couple of songs amid his performance.

Tickets are $30-$45 and may be purchased online at or at the door.

Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights: 302 N. Dunton Avenue in Arlington Heights, IL

Saturday, July 7-Irish American Heritage Center, 12:30pm

The Singers perform as part of the Center’s 2018 Irish Fest Celebration.

Sunday, July 8 – Irish American Heritage Center, 10:30am

The Singers accompany Father Scott Donahue of Mercy Home for Boys and Girls as he celebrates the Irish Fest Mass.

Saturday, July 21, Hines VA Hospital, 2pm

The Singers will present a concert for the residents and staff in the Extended Care Center building at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, Hines, IL

Sunday, November 18, Irish American Heritage Center, 3pm

The Singers present their annual concert in the Erin Room at the Center.

Sunday, December 16, Glenview Library, 2pm

The Singers present a concert at the library at 1930 Glenview Road in Glenview.  Registration required.