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Buffalo Grove Singers

A love for singing and entertaining brought together the Buffalo Grove Singers, a part of the national award-winning Buffalo Grove Park District Performing Arts program. Since its inaugural season, the ensemble has grown to approximately 75 singers from the greater Buffalo Grove area and today includes the BG Singers Encore! traveling ensemble.

Encore! is a 30-member branch of the BG Singers that performs throughout the Chicagoland area, delighting audiences during the BG Singers’ offseason and around the Christmas holidays.

In 2011, the singing troupe was presented with a unique opportunity—to participate in a national singing competition focused on independent vocal groups, choirs, choruses, glee clubs, gospel singers and more. Hosted by Developers Diversified Realty Corporation (DDR), the nationwide Sing! competition was held online and on-site at a dozen DDR-owned shopping centers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, including Deer Park Town Center.

Encore! cruised through the competition, wowing online voters with their studio-recorded version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” in the first round and moving the audience and judges with Kevin Briody’s “Be Still” in the semifinal round. The group’s live semifinal performance, which put them in the final three, was subsequently posted online, where a popular vote determined the winner. The online voters were just as impressed with Encore!’s performance, placing the group at the top of the pack in the Deer Park Town Center Sing! competition. Encore! then went on to compete with the other national finalists and ultimately took the top national prize, which was announced to the public November 15, 2011.

When asked what gave Encore! an edge over the other competitors, Encore! Coordinator Bruce Bohrer remarked, “We obviously sounded good, but, just as important, is our enjoyment for performance. The enjoyment and fulfillment we get from singing really permeates throughout the audience during our performances.”

As the winner of the national Sing! competition, BG Singers Encore! received a $20,000 donation to their chosen charity, the Lauri Bauer Foundation for Sudden Loss—a recently established foundation that helps families that have suffered a recent loss or crisis, as well as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with Emmy award-winning singer/songwriter Kevin Briody and a prize package with $5,000 in DDR MasterCard gift cards. Plus, the group garnered much attention in the Chicagoland area thanks to the coverage by Channel 2 News.

“There really aren’t a whole lot of competitions out there for adult choruses, so this was a pretty unique opportunity; a new experience for us,” said Bohrer. “And as a result of Channel 2 News’ coverage of our group preparing for the competition, we were invited to sing Christmas carols at their studios during the morning news—a very fun perk.”

BG Singers Encore! performs at a variety of forums in the greater Buffalo Grove area—from corporate and library events to private parties and summer festivals. For more information on BG Singers Encore!’s upcoming schedule, contact Coordinator Bruce Bohrer at 847-394-2797 or visit bgencore.org.

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