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Fond du Lac Visual Arts is a professional artists’ collaborative devoted to art awareness and education, to the development and enhancement of artists’ skills, and to strengthening the connection between the arts and commerce in Fond du Lac.
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The Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale is a community chorus comprised of fourth through eighth grade students, from Fond du Lac and the surrounding communities, interested in performing and studying high-quality choral music. Founded in 1997, the Chorale is a resident ensemble of Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts in Fond du Lac, Wis.
The Chorale performs two major concerts each season, in addition to smaller appearances at other venues throughout the year. The Chorale’s repertoire provides an enjoyable and challenging musical experience, while expanding children's learning horizons in music fundamentals, vocal technique and rehearsal discipline. Musicianship and artistry are taught in rehearsals through a performance-based music education process that aims to inspire appreciation and enjoyment of music, while developing personal and artistic excellence, and enriching our communities.
The Chorale rehearses Monday evenings, September through May. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester, and by special arrangement with the director. Family participation is important to the Chorale’s ongoing success, and opportunities for involvement in a variety of roles are available throughout the Chorale’s season.
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The Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale is a non-profit organization that provides educational and environmental settings to promote and stimulate high standards and values of choral performance. The Chorale emphasizes vocal technique and artistic musicianship appropriate for various age and skill levels. The choral experience allows for family involvement and positive interaction among its members. Our charge is to create a community of young musicians while inspiring their appreciation and enjoyment of music through the study and performance of high quality and diverse choral music, with the purpose of nurturing singers’ personal, musical and social development.
David Hein is the artistic director of the Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale, a position he has held since 2009. He holds a dual role at Marian University as Assistant Professor of Music and Director for Strategic Innovation, a newly created position in the School of Arts and Sciences. At Marian, he directs the Chamber Singers, coaches the university vocal jazz ensemble, teaches private voice lessons, and other music courses. He is also the organist and Chancel Choir Accompanist at The United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay. At THELMA, David is a part of the creative team that created On Stage@THELMA, a creative theatrical arts experience for upper elementary and middle school students. David earned a master of music in choral conducting at Michigan State University, and a bachelor of music in music education and church music at St. Olaf College. He has choral music arrangements published with Neil A. Kjos Music Publishers and Choristers Guild. Past positions include teaching choral music at the high school level as well as full-time church music ministry.
Business Manager Kristin Bahr brings a wealth of marketing and communications skills to the organization, including a background in fundraising, recruitment, promotions, and special event planning. She has training in the not-for-profit sector related to membership development, fiscal management and budgeting, volunteerism, group work, market research, and fundraising. She has volunteered extensively in the Fond du Lac public schools. Kristin holds a bachelor of arts degree in speech communications with an emphasis in public relations and a marketing minor from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Board of Directors 2014 - 2015
The Chorale is governed by a Board of Directors under the advisement of the Executive Director of Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, the Chorale Manager, the Chorale Director and parent/community volunteers. The Executive Committee is made up of parents and interested community members who hold the offices of President, President Elect, Past President, Secretary and Treasurer. In addition to these voting members, the Chorale Manager, a representative from the FDL Arts Council and the Chorale Directors will also attend the monthly meetings as non-voting members. The Executive Committee is responsible for overseeing the entire operation of the Chorale to include: setting policy, fiscal oversight, and evaluation of and employment issues dealing with paid Chorale staff.
Monica Walk, President, Owner, Walk the Talk Communications
Kaye Schmitz, Past President, Music Educator, Fond du Lac Christian School
Michelle Schmitz, Secretary, Parent Liaison
Marcia Haupt, Treasurer, Parent Liaison
Kevin Miller, THELMA Representative, THELMA Executive Director
Amy Redeker, Community Representative, Fond du Lac Schools Music Educator
Bridget Bestor, Community Representative, Former Chorale Business Manager
Dede Rosenthal, Board Member, Parent Liaison
David Hein, Artistic Director, Assistant Professor of Music, Marian University
Kristin Bahr, Business Manager, Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale