|Joan Harzich-Sipich has always longed to perform. As a young girl she regularly sang along with “Your Hit Parade,” a popular television show. In fact, she’d be the first to tell you that she would rather sing than speak. She’s a lifelong member of her church choir and a choral group, and she frequently performs as a soloist for weddings, special events, rallies and fundraisers, often singing the National Anthem. Throughout the years, she has performed on television, modeled, and appeared in commercials and various films.
Joan met her late husband in a choral group setting, and together they had three children. Today she also has six grandchildren. At the wedding of her youngest, she was discovered and recruited for her first pageant. She was crowned Ms. Illinois Senior 1999, and went on to compete nationally in the Senior America Pageant which was held in Las Vegas at the Hotel New York New York where she was voted Second Runner-up, singing Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”. Also, before this audience of approximately 1,000 people, each finalist had to answer an impromptu question. Joan’s question was, “What do you see yourself doing in the future?” To her surprise, she immediately answered, “I would like to make an album recalling those beautiful romantic standards of the 1930’s and ’40’s.” Right then and there she became determined to pursue her dream, and now her dream has come true. Not only has Joan released her first album, but it also features the first song she has ever written, “It’s Never Too Late.”
As Ms. Illinois Senior, Joan performed at The Peppermill Casino in Reno, Nevada, and also participated in the State Street Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago. Her experience as Ms. Illinois Senior was featured in the “Your Life” section of The Copley Chicago Newspapers, including the Aurora Beacon News, the Joliet Herald News, the Elgin Courier, and the Waukegan New Sun, with many photos in color.
Joan’s story truly has a magical feel to it. No wonder she’s titled her album “Its Magic.”
|Joan has performed at the Imperial Palace Theatre, the Imperial Palace Kabuki Lounge, and The Fremont Experience Center Stage. She also performed in North Carolina where the shows were taped for airing on PAX.
Joan performed in “Serendipity-Celebrating Chicago Seniors on Stage” at the legendary Chicago Theatre, accompanied by the fabulous 15-piece Michael Lerich Orchestra.
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of the 30’s and 40’s