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

Friday, March 2– Friendship Village of Schaumburg, 7pm

This concert is for the residents and guests of Friendship Village retirement community.

Sunday, March 4– Skokie Theatre, 3pm

This is the Singers’ fourth performance at this downtown Skokie landmark built in 1912 and renovated into an acoustically perfect concert hall in 2006. – For tickets and information, visit or call 847-677-7761
Address:  7924 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL 60077

Tuesday, March 6-Mount Prospect Public Library,  7:30pm

Address:  10 South Emerson Street, Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Sunday, March 11-Avenues to Independence Irish Fest, 2pm

Celebrate Avenue’s 21st annual Irish Fest.  This is a ticketed fundraising event to help support the efforts of Avenues to Independence in Park Ridge – For more information, visit or call 847-292-0870
Address:  Cotillion Banquets, 360 South Creekside Dr., Palatine, IL 60074

Friday, March 16, 2018, Covenant Village of Northbrook, 6:45pm

This concert is for the residents and guests of Covenant Village retirement community.

Saturday, March 17-Irish American Heritage Center, 1:30pm
The Singers will perform as part of the St. Patrick’s Festival at the IAHC

Sunday, March 18,-Poplar Creek Library, 2pm

Address:  1405 South Park Avenue, Streamwood, IL 60107

The below sponsors helped make the 2017 Irish Heritage Singers Concert a huge success. Please visit these sponsors and tell them you heard about them from the Irish Heritage Singers!
Allstate - Steve Fejes Agency Irish Heritage Singers Tenors
A-Plus Pest Control Inc. Judy Loevy
Avenues to Independence Jump & Associates
BAC Restoration Kats by Kelly
Bag Tags Ladder Up
Bagel Art Café Lakeview Insurance Agency
Bill & Rita Roberts Lincoln Court Dental
Bridgeview Bank Lizzie McNeill's Irish Pub
Burke Family Lornetta – Flutist
Celtic Knot Public House Marge's Flower Shop
Celtic Women International Marjorie Anderson Memorial
Celtica Gifts Mary Ellen Considine / Coldwell Banker
Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee McNamara's Food & Drink
Cooney Funeral Home Michael Vaughan Hair Design
Curragh Irish Pub Misericordia Heart of Mercy / "Kappy" Memorial
Dengeos Morgan Stanley - Wm. O'Brien Group
Devon Avenue Meats O'Brien's Restaurant & Bar
Devon Bank Paul McNutt Construction
DiSomma Foot & Ankle Clinic Pinnacle Wealth Management
Einspar Family Financial Pita Inn
Evanston Hospital Blood Bank Powers Greeting
Evanston Subaru Restoring the Self
G&G Automotive Room Refreshments
Gates Family "Kappy" Memorial Six Penny Bit
Hagerty Consulting Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.
Harrington's Deli and Catering The Women's Centers
Hegarty, Kowols & Associates P.C. Tuesday Tenors
Home Care Angels UBS/Conklin
House of Wah Sun Union Pizzeria
IBEW Local 134 Vaughan's Pub
Interactive Math ebooks Verkamp Memorial
Irish Club Girls Via Veneto Restaurant
Irish Fans in Indiana Village Market Place
Irish Heritage Singer Altos Wintrust Bank - Old Town
Irish Heritage Singers Bass Wm Smith Enterprises
Irish Heritage Singers Sopranos