About the choir
2017 Wisconsin Chamber Choir
Robert Gehrenbeck, Artistic Director
Mark Brampton-Smith, Piano # Organ
Linda Palmer, Assistant Director
Victoria Donahue %
Sarah Zutz %
Maggie Balistreri %
Melanie Coyier @
Eileen Hanneman @
Sherri Hansen %
Lucy Moore %
Jennifer Noonan %
Catherine Stephens @
Anne Thurber %
Rachel Wood %
Chris Eggers #@
Franzo Law II
Joshua Ognenoff %
Andrew Bent %
Mark Anderson #
Scott McBride @
Roger Pettersen %
Bill Rosholt #
Bill White @
New Members %
WCC Board @
Section Leaders #
| The 2016 - 2017 Wisconsin Chamber Choir
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
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
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
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
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
2000 - WCC performs at the Wisconsin Choral
Directors Association's (WCDA) annual convention
in Appleton, Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Chamber Choir appointed
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
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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