Yesterday we were far away and long ago on the Murfin Winter Holiday Music Festival. Today we go as new and fresh as Christmas cookies straight from the oven and just as local. McHenry County’s own singer/songwriter/diva Cassandra Vohs-Demann has released a brand new original Christmas Song on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, and all other major platforms as well as on her own web site.
For the first time, we don’t have a video, for this great holiday music entry, but Cassandra is making a gift of it to all of her friends—and now that’s you! You can play it for free and if you want a more permanent copy, you can download it. Such a deal!
Holiday Wishes is a love song for Cassandra’s husband Phil and for Woodstock. First performed last year to a strong response, she recorded it with friend and associate Billy Seger singing harmony and Graham Butler, a Los Angles producer originally from Woodstock.
And it’s not the only Christmas song she released. Celebrate Anyway is a rock ballad that Casandra wrote eight years ago to bring holiday comfort to a cousin who lost her son to cancer. Together the two songs make a matching set of stockings to hang on your mantle.
Cassandra is a gifted and powerful vocalist who is comfortable in multiple musical genres who toured and performed nationally before settling in Woodstock several years ago where she established herself as a music teacher and vocal coach while gaining a strong following performing at local venues. She gives back to the community in many ways.
She founded the Woodstock Community Choir in 2015 and continues to lead it with bi-annual concerts at the Woodstock Opera House and public appearances like the annual Lighting of the Square event. She also leads two regular monthly events at the Opera House’s Stage Left Café venue—Second Saturday Concert Series showcasing top local performers and the Original Open Mic on the fourth Saturdays of the month. And she finds time to have fun with the Ukulele Superheroes.
Professionally Cassandra continues her teaching and coaching in A Place to Shine Music, her home studio and is recording and licensing music for film and television. She was recognized as the 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce.
Billy Seger performed with Cassandra this year at Woodstock's annual Lighting of the Square event.
Her frequent collaborator Billy Seger is just as much of a community fixture. Billy Seger first started participating in musical theatre including productions of Dille’s Follies at the Congregational Unitarian Congregation in Woodstock, choir, and piano lessons at the age of 8. He performed professionally across the country, including two national tours, two international contracts aboard Oceania Cruise Lines, and two Christmas seasons as a backup singer/dancer for country superstar Pam Tillis. Segar currently is a professional director/choreographer for various theater companies including Woodstock High School and Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake and teaches at McHenry County College.
Did I mention and/or brag the this fall Cassandra became Music Director for the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road in McHenry with Billy as accompanist. You can hear them with the Tree of Life Choir in a Holiday Concert at 10:45 am on Sunday, December 22. That performance will also include original work by the Congregation’s poets, including a scruffy Old Man.
There are more opportunities to enjoy Cassandra and Billy’s talents coming up including the Stage left Second Saturday Holiday Wishes Concert on December 14 at 8 pm, at the Original Open Mic on December 28, and at the Woodstock Community Choir’s Winter Concert Shine: Songs of Empowerment, Growth, and Belonging on Sunday January 26 at 3 pm at the Woodstock Opera House.