About the choir

    

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

Soprano
Sarah Allison
Andi Becerra
Jennifer Cloute
Victoria Donahue
Rachel Gorecki
Joana Huibregtse
Nicole McCarty
Kara Noah
Amanda O'Donnell
Linda Palmer
Sarah Zutz
Alto
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
Tenor
Chris Eggers
Franzo Law II
Owen Metzger
Paul Schick
Ken Stancer
Andrew Bent
Bass/Baritone
Mark Anderson #
Todd Fansler
Jeff Harkins
Bill Hoyt
Scott McBride @
Roger Pettersen %
Bill Rosholt #
Phil Rosten
Gregory Schmidt
Joel Weltman
Bill White
Wisconsin Chamber Choir, Inc. (the �Corporation�) is created and shall be operated exclusively to uphold superlative musical performance standards, to promote healthy vocal technique, to promote cultural enhancement and artistic appreciation for music in various languages and from many countries, to encourage community interaction, outreach and service, and to promote choral music education for audiences and singers with a broad range of musical samplings from the historic beginnings of choral music to contemporary works, including commissioned pieces, and at all times shall operate consistent with the requirements of 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the �Code�).  Wisconsin Chamber Choir By-laws Updated 2015
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2011 -2012

Notable Applause For The Wisconsin Chamber Choir

2017 - WCC performs Bach's Magnificat and Handel's Utrecht Te Deum at Luther Memorial Church and as part of the Young Auditorium (Whitewater) Concert Series. Accompanied by Sinfonia Sacra.
2015 -2016 - World Premiere of choral 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 premiered in April, 2015 with the choir's performance of the Brahms' Requiem accompanied by Sinfonia Sacra.
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.  
WCC rehearses at the Overture Center2010 - WCC premiers composer Stephen Chatman's Nature's Cry. WCC also performs Bach's St. John Passion on period instruments. This was the first performance of this genre in Madison, Wisconsin.
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.
2004 - 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.

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