John Vorrasi Obituary

John Fredrick Vorrasi
John Fredrick Vorrasi

May 26, 1948 - February 23, 2015
Born in Rochester, New York
Resided in Chicago, IL



John F. Vorrasi, of Chicago and Rochester, NY; died February 23, 2015, after a courageous battle with leukemia.

John co-founded the Wiliam Ferrris Chorale of Chicago and served as the ensemble's Artistic Director. John enjoyed a long and respected career as a concert soloist, cantor and liturgical music specialist, holding positions at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral, Congregation Solel in Highland Park, KAM Isaiah Israel, and Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church.

He is also known for his work as a librettist, essayist and program annotator. A widely respected tenor, John has been featured at the Aldeburgh Festival and the Spoleto Festival: USA and his recitals have been broadcast by the BBC and Radio Vaticana. John has appeared on numerous occasions with the Chicago Opera Theater, Rochester Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago String Ensemble and the Virginia Philharmonic.

For those of us who knew John, he was all Joy, Passion, Loyalty and Love. He is survived by sisters Annemarie House, Rita DeLucia (James) brother Ferdinand (Darlene) and cousin Linda Iacelli of Rochester.

Memorial gathering Thursday, Feb. 26, 10am (mass 11am), Mt. Carmel Church, 708 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Northwestern University, Attn: Rohan Barrett, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 420 E. Superior St. 9th floor Chicago, IL 60611. (Memo line: "In memory of John Vorrasi").

Arrangements by Cremation Society of Illinois, 773-281-5058 or

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Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
708 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL USA 60657
Thursday, February 26, 2015
11:00 AM