About the choir


The 2017 Wisconsin Chamber Choir
Robert Gehrenbeck, Artistic Director
Mark Brampton-Smith, Piano # Organ
Linda Palmer, Assistant Director

Sarah Allison
Andi Becerra
Jennifer Cloute
Victoria Donahue %
Rachel Gorecki
Joana Huibregtse
Julie Hutchinson
Nicole McCarty
Kara Noah
Amanda O'Donnell
Linda Palmer
Sarah Zutz %

Maggie Balistreri %
Megan Bjella %
Melanie Coyier @
Natalie Falconer
Sarah Hallas
Eileen Hanneman @
Sherri Hansen %
Lucy Moore %
Jennifer Noonan %
Catherine Stephens @
Amanda Sturm
Anne Thurber %
Rachel Wood %

Chris Eggers #@
Franzo Law II
Owen Metzger
Joshua Ognenoff %
Paul Schick
Ken Stancer
Andrew Bent %
Jay Suthers

Mark Anderson #
Todd Fansler
Jeff Harkins
Bill Hoyt
Scott McBride @
Roger Pettersen %
Bill Rosholt #
Phil Rosten
Gregory Schmidt
Joel Weltman
Bill White @

New Members %
WCC Board @ 
Section Leaders #
 The 2016 - 2017 Wisconsin Chamber Choir










In the beginning...

Notable Applause For The Wisconsin Chamber Choir

2015 - World Premiere of two pieces by composer Peter Bloesch.
2014 - In collaboration with Temple University, Philadelphia, WCC commissions English composer, Giles Swayne, to write a piece for the choir entitled Our Orphan Souls for Baritone solo and choir. The piece will have its Madison premiere in April, 2015.
2013 - WCC performs Mozart's Requiem at Luther Memorial in Madison and the Young Auditorium in Whitewater.
2012 - WCC performs composer Judith Shatin's world premiere, The Glory of God.
2011 - WCC performs Haydn's Creation at the historic Madison Masonic Center.  
2010 - WCC premiers Stephen Chatman's Nature's Cry.
2009 - WCC performs at the historic Richland County Performing Arts Center Auditorium.
2007 - WCC leads sing-along caroling with Samuel Hutchison, Principal Organist and Curator of the Madison Symphony Orchestra at Madison's Overture Center
2007 - WCC appears as a featured ensemble at the Wisconsin Choral Director's Association (WCDA) convention in Madison at Bethel Lutheran Church.
2006 - WCC premiers Now Show Us Your Rainbow, a commission from Atlanta-based composer Ethan Amir Zaheri commemorating the victims of the December 2004 Asian tsunami.
WCC rehearses at the Overture Center2004 - WCC performs at the gala opening celebration of the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin. Other participants included Dave Art Garfunkel.
Brubeck and 2003 - Wisconsin Newspapers staff writer Tom Alesias chose WCC's December performance of J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio one of the top twenty concerts of 2003 and Wisconsin Newspapers music critic, Jake Stockinger, chose WCC's recording of J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio the top ten CDs of the year.
2002 - WCC tours the mid-west and is the only Wisconsin choir to perform in Rochester, Minnesota's A Festival of Music and in New Hampton, Iowa's Carnegie Cultural Center.
2002 - WCC commissions Cincinnati composer Howard Helvey to create new choral works on the poetry of nineteenth-century New England transcendentalist poet Jones Very. The pieces were premiered at the Frank Lloyd Wright's Landmark Auditorium of the First Unitarian Society.
2001 - WCC pays tribute to the victims of September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in a concert at the Madison Civic Center and Wisconsin Public Radio's Sunday Afternoon "Live at the Elvehjem" series selects WCC to perform on their live statewide radio broadcast form UW-Madison.
2000 - WCC performs at the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association's (WCDA) annual convention in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Artistic Directors
The Wisconsin Chamber Choir appointed Dr. Robert Gehrenbeck Artistic Director in June 2008 after an extensive search for conductors. Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Dr. Gehrenbeck conducts the UW-Whitewater Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Women's Chorale, and opera and musical theatre productions. Dr. Gehrenbeck earned degrees at Macalester College (B.A.), Boston University (M.M.) and Indiana University (D.M.), with additional studies at the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Conservatory in Leipzig. Most recently, Dr. Gehrenbeck's doctoral dissertation on contemporary British composer Giles Swayne received the 2007 Julius Herford Prize from the American Choral Directors Association.  Dr. Gehrenbeck continues to take the Wisconsin Chamber Choir to a high performance level with innovative programming. 

WCC's originating artistic director, Dr. Gary McKercher, held college and university choral positions in Nebraska, California, Kentucky and Iowa for over twenty years before venturing to Wisconsin. Choirs under his direction were recognized by American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and Music Educators National Conference (MENC).  McKercher remains an active guest clinician and conductor across the country.  McKercher holds advanced degrees in choral music from University of Southern California (DMA), California State University, Fullerton (MA) and an undergraduate degree from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa (BA).  Dr. McKercher left Madison for the sunny shores of San Diego to conduct the San Diego Master Chorale in 2007. He was awarded the prestigious Chorus America/ASCAP Alice Parker Award for "Adventurous Programming" in 2009.

Do you sponsor a musical festival or series where you need a fine choir to perform?  Do you wish to contribute financially or volunteer your talents and skills to our organization? Contact us:  info@wisconsinchamberchoir.org.


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