The VVC membership is comprised of women from many different backgrounds and professions. Most are not formally trained in voice, but we all adore barbershop's "ringing chord", each other's company, and the goal of working toward our musical improvement. Most of all, VVC members are proud to be barbershoppers in Harmony, Inc., and to work toward the betterment of our hobby, to promote harmony with all.
In our ranks are certified judges in the areas of Music, Singing, and Presentation, plus a Certified Chairman of Judges.
While rehearsals are held in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, the chorus attracts women from many Chicagoland suburbs and beyond. Over the years this membership has nurtured twelve International Quartet Champions, the most recent being "Spot On" who won the coveted Harmony crowns at our International Contest in 2013.
Along with our twelve quartet championships, the VVC has had many quartets compete on the International stage, bringing home numerous medals.
In the 50+ years of its existence, the VVC has had only three directors: G. Ruth Geils, who retired in 1976; Jay Giallombardo from 1980-1983, and Jeanne O'Connor from 1976-1979 and 1983 to the present. Under the tutelage of these capable people, VVC has competed in 30 international contests, achieving three 3rd place medals, five 2nd place medals, and 20 International Championships in 1976, '79, '81, '83, '85, '87, '89, '91, '93, '95, '97, '99, '01, '03, '05, '07, '09, '11, '13 and '15. While the annual international contest has become a major focus over the years, the top priority has always been to achieve excellence in performance, whether it is on a contest stage, entertaining people at a community event, or performing at a retirement center.
In addition to both paid and charitable performances, the VVC produces an annual show, usually held each spring or fall. The Village Vocal Chords are passionate about music, performance, community and fun.