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Men of A-Chord present annual Christmas concert

Christian men’s choir spreads joy through song

By Josh Bootsma

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (December 16, 2018) – Over 200 people flocked to Thorn Creek Reformed Church in South Holland Saturday night to hear the Men of A-Chord present their annual Christmas concert.

Formally titled “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmastide,” the concert featured the long-standing Chicago-based men’s chorale group singing a variety of Christmas favorites including “Silent Night,” “Carol of the Bells,” and “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen.” The concert also included Betsy Archer singing a number of solo pieces, and the group invited the audience to join in singing multiple carols.

Soloist Betsy Archer (center left) and flutist Julia Holleman (far left) perform “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” before a crowd of over 200. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

The Men Of A-Chord was founded in 1953 “by a group of Christian men who shared the joy of singing,” according to the group’s website. At least once a month, the men’s choir presents a concert, or is featured as part of a Sunday worship service—usually in south suburbs of Chicago. The group takes the summers off.

Approximately 30 men comprise the Men of A-Chord, many of whom have been members for years. The pianist for the evening, Beverly Hoitsma, has accompanied the group for 25 years and was recognized at the concert by the director Justin Rich.

During the concert, an offering was collected to help fund a scholarship to Trinity Christian College for male students from Illiana, Timothy Christian, Chicago Christian, or Covenant Christian High Schools who are interested in choral music.

The Men of A-Chord have been presenting concerts for decades in Chicago’s south suburbs. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

To learn more about the history of the group, hear samples of albums available for purchase, and view the upcoming concert schedule, visit

The Men Of A-Chord’s next performance is December 30 at 7:30pm at Cottage Grove Christian Reformed Church, 16556 Cottage Grove Ave, in South Holland, Illinois.


Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.