Our Mission, Activities and Geographic Focus:

The mission of Fox Valley Lyrical Productions (originally Soirée Lyrique) is to create and nourish a greater appreciation of the classical vocal arts and to educate through professional performances and community outreach programs in Elgin and the Fox Valley area. 

 Fox Valley Lyrical Productions’ activities includes concerts of excerpts of arts songs, musical theater, sacred music, opera highlights with piano or chamber ensemble to fully staged opera productions with orchestra.   

The organization prides itself on training, nurturing and launching young artists through its summer Young Artist Program & Vocal Competition – The Fox Valley Rising Stars!

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Solange Sior, President
Tetyana Torzhevska, Vice-President
Brenda Delhotal, Secretary
Kathryn Canny, Treasurer
Rosemary Schroeder
Kim Zuehlke-Martorana

Our History


Inaugural Season - 2015

Soiree Lyrique NFP incorporated on March 17, 2014 & received its tax exempt determination letter on October 7, 2014.  For its inaugural season, Soirée Lyrique presented four events with professional singers:

To Thee I sing!First Congregation Church in Elgin – January 4
Grand Love, Grand Opera!Elgin Art Showcase - February 15
America’s BestSnuffy’s Villa (West Dundee) – April 19
Italian FestivalAn outdoor concert held at The Terrace of Snuffy’s Villa – June 14
The Young Artists Program offered a training program and performing experience to a dozen of young local singers.
The Fox Valley Rising StarsThe Terrace of Snuffy’s Villa - June 27

Season Two - 2016

Soirée Lyrique’s second season offered three professional concerts with collaboration from other local performing groups.
Verdi at its Best! Held at the First Congregational Church in Elgin – February 28, the event included Participation of 40 singers from Elgin Master Chorale.
A Viennese ConcertFirst Congregational Church in Elgin – April 10 - Participation of a string quartet from Chamber Music on the Fox
Pop-OperaAn outdoor concert held at the Terrace of Snuffy’s Villa - 06/12/2016
Young Artists Program offered training program and performing experience to a dozen of young local singers.
4th of July PerformanceDuPage Court, Elgin (Outdoor) - 07/04/2016
A Walk on BroadwayThe Terrace of Snuffy’s Villa (Outdoor) - 07/10/2016
Opera ScenesEvangelical Covenant Church Elgin - 07/17/2016

Season Three - 2017

Soirée Lyrique’s third season offered three professional concerts and collaboration with other local performing groups.
Concert for Peace & Redemption Held at the Elgin Art Showcase in February, the concert included the participation of Elgin Master Chorale Children’s Chorus
Light OperaParticipation of Chamber Music on the Fox & prodigal violist Sofiya Kyrylyuk. Held at the First United Methodist Church in April
Encore!Terrace of Snuffy’s Villa - June
The Young Artist Program provided a five week of vocal and theatrical training to seventeen young singers; acting & staging classes with Amy Hutchison, an internationally acclaimed stage director; private coaching with professional opera singers Tetyana Torzhevska and Solange Sior, and participated in Master Classes presented by Eric Weimer, a thirty full seasons Assistant Conductor with Lyric Opera of Chicago. The program concluded with two exciting productions featuring seventeen singers and finalizing the winners of Soirée Lyrique’s first vocal competition with $2,150 of cash awards.
A Broadway ShowMusic Room of Snuffy’s Villa - 07/16/2017
Opera ScenesEvangelical Covenant Church Elgin - 07/23/2017
*** Snuffy’s Villa is owned by Founder & Artistic Director Solange Sior. Bordering Snuffy’s Prairie in West Dundee, the 3 acres of landscape offers a great space for outdoor performances, Ravinia style. A golf cart offers transportation for patrons to the seating area if needed. Audience is welcome to bring chairs, blankets & picnic. The music room of 22’ X 26’ is a nice back up in case of rain & also a rehearsal space. This is an economical way to produce Soirée Lyrique’s events. ****
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