Lori Kerschbaum of Joliet, Tori's mother, said Tori was 4 years old when Lori joined Midwest Crossroads Chorus. Loris had sung in a high school choir, missed singing, and then accepted an invitation from a friend to attend the chorus' guest night.
"It's a very unusual style," Lori said. "We sing old-time songs. We sing musicals. We sing four parts: bass, baritone, lead and tenor. I sing tenor and lead, depending on the song. It's fun if you love this style of music. People are welcome to visit any Tuesday night."
Lori said Tori has directed the chorus for about 27 years. Tori has sung in many regional championship quarters and attended international competitions as part of a quartet, Lori added.
"Her sister was in the chorus and we all got to sing on the international stage at the same time," Lori said. "My husband didn't know where to take pictures. It was a wonderful experience."
Bill Kerschbaum, Tori's father, directs the Will-Cook Knights of Harmony, and has participated in six different quartets over the year, he said. Bill said he had received an invitation to sing in a quartet when he attended one of Lori's concerts.
"I went to one meeting and I've been going ever since," Bill said. "I just love the four-part harmony."
Dan Hicks, Tori's husband, said he sang with Bill's chorus about 25 years ago.
"Tori and I met onstage at Lewis University. We did summer stock for eight or nine years and I sang with the chorus for four or five years," Dan said. "It was something to challenge my abilities at the time."