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Marie Ann Vos Born: Dec. 18, 1938; Manhattan, KS Died: Jan. 13, 2014; Crystal Lake, IL Marie Ann Vos, a longtime music educator who founded the McHenry County Youth Orchestras and Music Center, died January 13, 2014, at her home in Crystal Lake. She was 75. The cause was complications from Parkinson 's disease. She was born December 18, 1938, in Manhattan, Kansas, to Olaf and Lois Heiberg, a doctor and nurse who raised her in Worthington, Minnesota. She developed her passion for music playing flute in the Worthington High School Band. After studying zoology and music at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., she earned a master 's degree in music education and a doctoral degree in musicology from Washington University in St. Louis. During her dissertation research on the liturgical choral music of Johann Christian Bach, she uncovered a forgotten work, J.C. Bach 's Gloria in D Major. She obtained the manuscript from the archives of the Einsiedeln Monastery in Switzerland and edited it for publication. In 2012, she updated her critical edition and supervised a performance in Solothurn, Switzerland. Mrs. Vos moved to Crystal Lake in 1968 to take a teaching position at McHenry County College and in 1980 formed the McHenry County Youth Orchestra. Under her leadership, the nonprofit grew from one orchestra to include three orchestras for players of differing skill levels. She conducted the Prelude Orchestra, the beginning level ensemble. In 1986, she established an associated community music school, and as the entire organization grew into the McHenry County Music Center, Mrs. Vos was at its helm as executive director. She retired in 2005, and soon after she led the Illinois Council of Orchestras, serving as board president and then executive director until 2010. Throughout her years in Crystal Lake, Mrs. Vos also taught private studio voice as well as musicianship classes. She was active with the First Congregational Church; the international women 's organization P.E.O.; the Fox Hills Music Teachers ' Association; and the professional musicians fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon. She also sang with the Chicago Master Singers for nearly 20 years. Mrs. Vos is survived by her twin sons, Robert and Thomas; a daughter-in-law, Vivian I-Miao Liu; a grandson, Wesley Olaf Vos; and her brother, Thomas Heiberg. Her late husband, Wesley Marvin Vos, an organist and professor of music at DePaul University, died in 2002. A memorial service will be held Sunday, January 19, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 461 Pierson St., Crystal Lake. A memorial concert is also being planned for later this spring. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the McHenry County Music Center or the First Congregational Church Music Ministry.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Jan. 16, 2014
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