Our Director

Lora Wright, shown here with our Founding Director and Queen of Harmony Helen Peters, comes to us after 26 years in Sweet Adelines from a family deeply rooted in barbershop.  She sings tenor most of the time, but has sung Lead and Baritone in choruses and quartets. Lora was a member of the Heart of Illinois Chorus for many years before leaving the chorus after the region asked her to direct the Quad City Chorus. She was the region’s Young Women in Harmony Coordinator for 4 years and served on the Regional Management Team. She’s sung in many quartets, competing with Limelight at the International level after winning the Region 5 contest. She has sung with Heart of Illinois, Quad Cities, Metro Mix and St. Louis Harmony Choruses all while living in Galesburg.



Our Assistant Directors

JoEllyn Welch and Vicki Cox provide years of experience as Assistant Directors of the Heart of Illinois Chorus.  Both have sung in the chorus, in several medalist quartets and in other choruses.  We are blessed with two very talented Assistant Directors who are always ready and willing to take a rehearsal or performance in the absence of our Director. They direct songs on shows and performances.  They help with vocal instruction, vocal warm-ups, and share what they've learned about our craft over the years with the chorus.


Music Team

Our Music Team is made up of experienced members from each of the four voice parts.  This team helps select the music we sing.  They record tracks we use to learn our music.  These ladies oversee the success of their voice-part or section.  As section leaders, they provide song feedback to each member individually so we can all have something to work on to make us the best singers we can possibly be.  Miss a rehearsal?  We hate to see that, but you can contact your section leader to make sure you are up to speed before the next rehearsal.


Management Team

Team Coordinator - Lois Hanley

Financial Manager - Ruth Collins

Internal Communications Manager - Pam Isom

Musical Director - Lora Wright

Membership Manager - Diane Scott

Marketing Manager - Laura Baize

Administrative Manager - Jean Carothers


2021 Show Committee

Committee Members:  Pam Isom, Laura Baize, Lora Wright, Lynn Barteck, Diane Scott, Vivian Gerrietts, Chris Schneider, Gayla Scott, Julie Frank, Melanie Ellison, JoEllyn Welch, Karen Beckler

Recent news

September 13, 2020 - 9:11pm
Here's a new Heart Spotlight! Let me introduce you to Vivian!! She's our Bari sectional leader and she's... more
August 19, 2020 - 12:29pm
This is Karen! She's been around awhile and wow, is she a busy lady!
August 19, 2020 - 12:27pm
Gayla is a member of our Music Team! She brings a bunch of experience and we are so glad she's singing with... more