September 02, 2016

Remembering Deborah Guscott

The Chicago singing community mourns the loss of Grant Park Chorus member Deborah Guscott, who passed away from an illness on August 10, 2016.

Deb sang with the Chorus from 1994 to 2015—a total of 22 years. During her time, she was highlighted as a soloist several times, most notably in 2007 when she was the alto soloist for Copland’s In the Beginning during an a cappella concert at Holy Family Church.

“I was privileged to have Deb—a well known and beloved singer in Chicago—in the Grant Park Chorus and honored to be able to call her a friend,” Chorus Director Christopher Bell said. “My abiding memory of my last visit with her will be of much laughter and hilarity, as we shared many memories and reminiscences. The Chicago singing community is a strong and closely knit one, and I know that you, like me, are saddened and shocked by this loss of one of our own. Today, I am thinking of you all and sharing your sorrow.”

Deb was a fixture in the Chicago voice community and sang with organizations across the city, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Light Opera Works, Music of the Baroque,  Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Bach Week Festival, Oriana Singers, and Chicago a cappella, among many others.

There will be a service in her memory at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica (3121 West Jackson Blvd) on Saturday, September 3 at 11AM.