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

2019 Spring Performances

Friday, March 1, 7pm
Des Plaines Public Library
1501 Ellinwood Street, Des Plaines, IL 60016
Registration required

Sunday, March 3, 3pm
Skokie Theatre
7924 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL 60077
This will be the Singers’ fifth performance at this downtown Skokie landmark built in 1912 and renovated into an acoustically perfect concert hall in 2006. – For tickets, visit or call 847-677-7761

Tuesday, March 5, 7:30pm
Mount Prospect Public Library
10 South Emerson Street, Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Registration required

Friday, March 8, 7pm
Friendship Village of Schaumburg – 7:00 PM
350 West Schaumburg Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60194
A concert for the residents and guests of Friendship Village retirement community

Sunday, March 10, 2pm
River Forest Public Library
735 Lathrop Avenue, River Forest, IL 60305

Tuesday, March 12, 7pm
Luther Village in Arlington Heights
1220 Village Drive, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
A concert for the residents and guests of Luther Village retirement community

Friday, March 15, 6:45pm
Covenant Village of Northbrook
2625 Techny Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062
A concert for the residents and guests of Covenant Village retirement community

Saturday, March 16, 1:30pm
Irish American Heritage Center
The Singers perform as part of the St. Patrick’s Festival

Sunday, March 17, 2pm
Poplar Creek Library
1405 South Park Avenue, Streamwood, IL 60107
Registration required

Wednesday, March 27, 7pm
The Holmstad
700 West Fabyan Parkway, Batavia, IL 60510
A concert for the residents and guests of The Holmstad, a retirement community