Faculty & Staff

Philharmonic Chorale Director Lara Reem Named Outstanding Music Educator of the Year for Illinois High Schools

Lara Reem, director of the Philharmonic Chorale, was named outstanding music educator of the year for Illinois by the National Federation of High Schools, the national governing body that oversees state associations’ athletics and activities. The Philharmonic Chorale is one of eight ensembles in residence at Illinois Central College.


Lara Reem

Reem was presented the award by the assistant executive director of the Illinois High School Association at the May end-of-the-year music banquet at Washington Community High School, where she is currently in her 23rd year as a teacher of vocal music. She holds bachelor and master degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in music education. At WCHS, she teaches three choirs, assists with instrumental music, teaches a course on the history of rock and roll, and works with the Panther Academic Coach program for freshman and sophomore students. In addition, she is a co-producer and music director of the annual school musical, producer of the annual madrigal dinner and prepares students throughout the school year for Illinois Music Educators and Illinois High School Association events. Ms. Reem attained National Board certification in 2012. From 2011 to 2014, she also served on the National Federation of High Schools Music Committee as the Section 4 representative.
Reem has directed the Philharmonic Chorale since the Fall 2016 semester. One of the oldest choral groups in the area, the Philharmonic Chorale began in 1925. Singers come from all over Central Illinois and represent all age ranges. The purpose of the group is to perform, promote, and encourage choral music, and it presents two major concerts a year – one at Christmas and one in the spring.

The next Philharmonic Chorale concert takes place Sun., Dec. 3 at 3 pm in the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus. Tickets cost $12 for the general public and $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased online at ArtsAtICC.com or through the performing arts center box office at (309) 694-5136.

ICC sponsors in residence ensembles by offering support in areas such as publicity, facilities, equipment, ticketing, technical support and event management. In turn, the offerings of in residence ensembles serve to enhance the quality and variety of artistic and cultural performances offered through the Arts at ICC. The Arts at ICC has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.