Fox Valley Children’s Chorus began in the fall of 2006, the result of a perceived need in our area for a children’s chorus that seriously pursues the art of choral singing and the dream of the director to fill that need.

The chorus consists of 3 choirs:

  • The Apprentice Choir: 2nd through 4th grade boys & girls
  • Concert Choir: 5th grade through 8th grade boys & girls
  • High School Choir: 9th grade through 12th grade boys & girls

Entry into the chorus is by audition, held 2 times during the year. They hold rehearsals on Monday evenings in the auditorium at the Holmstad. For more information, call 630-879-3235.

The chorus, drawn from several area communities, works on challenging choral music and presents the 2 concerts per season, the first Sunday in December and the last Sunday in April.

They are available to sing for other events as well.  In the past, the chorus has sung at the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival, Batavia’s Art in Your Eye Festival, been a part of concert series at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lombard and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rockford, presented a program for the Fox Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and they regularly sing the national anthem at a Kane County Cougars baseball game.

Melinda Rudy, Accompanist

DSCN3699_bThe chorus is accompanied by Melinda Rudy. Mrs. Rudy holds a Master’s degree in piano performance from Northern Illinois University and has many years experience accompanying choirs and instrumentalists. She also maintains an active piano studio at her home.

Daniele Bruhn, Chorus Director

Daniele_cropThe Music Director and Conductor of the chorus is Daniele Bruhn. She holds a Master of Church Music degree from Concordia University Chicago. With over 30 years experience in directing children’s choirs, Fox Valley Children’s Chorus is fulfilling a long-held dream of introducing children to fine choral music and challenging them to develop their interest in and skills for participation in the choral art.

Meet our Directors

Dan Foelske, Board Member

Dan has been a resident of the Fox Valley for the past 32 years.  He and his wife live in Batavia.  Their daughter sang in FVCC during its inaugural year, and for many years after!  Over the years, all of his family members have also accompanied FVCC on recorder, flute, handbells, and percussion.  Dan works as the Operations Manager of a metal stamping company in East Dundee.  He is looking forward to serving on the FVCC Board because he understands the importance of music in young people’s lives.

Larry McBeath, Vice President

Larry McBeath lives in Batavia and his adult children are musicians who can often be seen accompanying the Chorus as instrumentalists.

Julie Del Real, Treasurer 

As a board member, Julie feels that it is a privilege to provide an opportunity for children to learn music, especially the performance of quality choral music and to encourage children to discover talents as a blessing to others.

Maria Dripps-Paulson, Secretary

Maria Dripps-Paulson is pleased to serve as the secretary for the board of directors of the Fox Valley Children’s Chorus (FVCC).  All of her children began singing in the choir as 2nd graders and love what they continue to learn from Mrs. Bruhn about music.  Maria is passionate about the Arts and how they play a critical role in our lives.  This passion and her work in education and non profit organizations feeds her interest in serving on the FVCC Board.

Margaret Fox, Board Member

Margaret is an active classical singer in the Chicagoland area.  In addition to performing, she enjoys giving voice lessons to young students who also love to sing. Margaret has fond memories of her time spent in a children’s choir growing up, and learned so much about music there, which is why she joined the board of The Fox Valley Children’s Chorus. She knows the importance of groups like FVCC, and wants to see other children have those same opportunities.  She currently lives in Batavia with her husband Brandon Fox.

Heidi Haldeman, Board Member