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Wicker Park Choral Singers is a Chicago-based all-volunteer choir dedicated to building community through choral music. 

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Chorister of the Month - Rachel Mikolajczyk (Alto)

Every month we recognize one outstanding chorus member who has perfect attendance at rehearsals and goes above and beyond their call of duty to help the choir succeed.  The Chorister of the Month experiences extreme stardom, receives an awesome gift card, and copious amounts of high-fives. Today, we start with our October recipient.  After her being inundated by the choral paparazzi, we finally caught up with Rachel at a quiet cafe to get an inside scoop on her life. Rachel Mikolajczyk, Alto

October Chorister of the Month: Rachel Mikolajczyk

How long have you been a member of WPCS? I've been a member since our second concert back in 2008. It's been a fun three years!

What is your favorite WPCS memory so far? Actually my favorite memories are always the few seconds immediately after the final song of each concert. I love that moment because it hangs briefly in the ether between the glorious last note and the thunderous applause from the audience. No matter the outcome, I always end each concert with exhilaration and a giant smile.

What hobbies do you have outside of choir? I love to read, sing, dance and I’m obsessed with certain TV shows like The Wire, Mad Men, Big Love, etc.  I also enjoy making music with my husband who is an awesome guitarist.

If your life had a soundtrack what songs would be on it? “Dog Days are Over” by Florence & the Machine, “On My Own” from Les Miserables, “Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl” by Broken Social Scene, “Across the Universe” by The Beatles, “Buildings” by Regina Spektor, “Yoshimi Battles Pink Robots” by The Flaming Lips, and “Mushaboom” by Feist. (To name just a few.)

What is your guilty listening pleasure? I absolutely love Kanye West! I can rap the entire Nicki Minaj verse to “Monster” and I actually did it in front of everyone at my wedding.

If the choir were to plan a flash mob, what location would you choose and why? Buckingham Fountain- It just seems like a perfect Broadway-style location for a surprise musical number.

You can hear Rachel in action at our December concerts and learn more about her and other choir members by visiting out Meet the Choir page!  Feel free to congratulate Rachel on her leadership and tell her  how awesome she is in the comment box below.