Catholic Obituaries
 
Obituary of John Vorrasi
 
by Paul French
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Music Director

 

 



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John Vorrasi, longtime cantor and OLMC business manager died on Monday, February 23rd, following a long battle with leukemia. For nearly thirty years (1984-2013) John's glorious tenor voice was heard at most every Mass, wedding, funeral and sacramental occasion here at Our Lady of Mount Carmel , inspiring our congregations with his musicality and artistry. Under the pastorate of Fr. Thomas Healy, John and music director William Ferris brought our church's music program to a richness and beauty rarely heard at parishes in the United States. John premiered many of the hundreds of sacred works that Bill wrote for our liturgies. He also served as the parish business manager for many years.
  
For all who knew John, he was a man of culture and intelligence, and as a friend he was as loyal as they come; his wit, charm, and wicked sense of humor made you glad to know him. I will particularly miss accompanying him at Mass - whenever we made music together you knew you were playing for an artist of unique talents. Requiescat in pace, dear friend.
 

A Tribute to John Vorrasi
Chicago a cappella presented its 2012 Tribute Award to John Vorrasi, co-founder and artistic director of the William Ferris Chorale.
The award, recognizing important contributions to choral music in the Chicago area, was presented at Chicago a cappella's benefit
event "Come Together" on May 17, 2012.