Founded in 1980 by Audrey Olson, the Green Bay Boy Choir has grown to include boys in three levels of vocal experience and ability. All choirs are both training and performing units. The music program is based on progressive vocal music instruction and performance readiness. Choir members must be at least seven years old. Admission to the touring choir is by placement auditions. Auditions are held in the spring or by appointment. School music teacher recommendations are welcomed for ages 7-18. Classical music literature forms the foundation for choir instruction. Repertoire includes contemporary, folk, ethnic, sacred, and secular music.
The Marquette Choir is a training choir whose members sing unison music and receive basic music instruction and voice development. An optional tour experience is available.
The Nicolet Choir is an auditioned choir whose members have demonstrated excellence in choral singing and exhibit personal maturity. These are the traditional voices of a boy choir. In this choir the boys receive advanced musical and vocal instruction, such as three-part treble and four-part mixed. Touring is a requirement.
The Joliet Choir is for members with changed voices. These young men perform music written for male ensemble as well as four-part mixed with the unchanged voice Nicolet Choir. Touring is a requirement.
HERB BERENDSEN – JOLIET BOY CHOIR
Herb has been involved in choral music basically his whole life, in fact, his Mom, Bev, was his first choir director, and he met his wife singing in a church choir! He retired after teaching for 33 years in public schools. He taught in Mission, SD, Neenah, Ripon, and most recently for 18 years at Oshkosh West High School.
Herb began directing the Joliet choir of the Green Bay Boy Choir in 2015. Since 2010, he has directed the 60 voice MacDowell Male Chorus of Appleton, WI. He also directs the Titan Men’s Chorus at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, and is director of the Oshkosh Chamber Singers, a 60 voice mixed ensemble.
Herb is a proud member of the National Association for Music Education as well as the American Choral Directors Association. Through his involvement in these organizations, he has had the opportunity to work with some of the top conductors in the world. Herb is co-chair of the NextDirection project, a national vocal music leadership conference for high school and college students. Herb is also an active accompanist, clinician, and voice coach.
JUSTINE SKOG - NICOLET BOY CHOIR
Justine joined the Green Bay Boy Choir in 2015 as the Director of the Nicolet Choir. Justine was a choral teacher at Edison Middle School from 2006-2018, teaching choir for grades 6-8. Justine also served as the director of the Show Choir and school musical. In addition to teaching music at Edison, Justine served as the department chairperson, Summer School Coordinator and Assistant Activities Director.
Justine is now currently the Associate Principal at Edison Middle school. She also serves at the Athletics and Activities Director at Edison.
Justine holds a Bachelor of Choral and General Music from St. Norbert College in De Pere and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Development from Cardinal Stritch in Milwaukee.
ELIZABETH CHAVEZ- MARQUETTE BOY CHOIR
Elizabeth Chavez is in her seventh season as a director for the Marquette Training Boy Choir. Before Ms.Chavez joined the boy choir as a director, she served as a clinician at the Green Bay Girl Choir Summer Camps, leading the 4th grade girls in small group sectionals. New this year, she serves as an office support staff member in the area of Technology and Communications Manager.
Ms. Chavez was an elementary music teacher in the Green Bay Area Public Schools at Eisenhower Elementary School for six years. At Eisenhower, Ms. Chavez taught general music to kindergarten through fifth grade students, served as a PTO staff liaison, member of the Diversity Committee, leader of an after-school drumming club, and was an active member of the school’s Technology Team.
Elizabeth is now a Technology Integrator for the Green Bay Area Public Schools. She travels to various schools within the district to guide staff and students at each building in how to utilize technology in the classroom for teaching and learning purposes.
Ms. Chavez earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music with an emphasis in choral and general music from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. In January 2018 Elizabeth completed her Master’s Degree in Educational Technology through the University of Marian Online, Fond du Lac, WI. She is an active presenter at various technology conferences within the Northeast Wisconsin region, is a certified SMART Exemplary Educator (SEE) and SMART Teacher Trainer in using SMART technologies, and a Certified BrainPOP Educator.
AUDREY OLSON – FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR EMERITUS; RETIRED
Susan Romey – Susan Romey’s love for accompanying began while playing piano for high school choir concerts. She studied Piano Pedagogy at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and has been teaching piano and accompanying for churches, weddings, solo/ensemble,etc. since 1990. She currently teaches piano i the Green Bay School District,teaches private piano students, is an office manager at The Bridge Recording Studio, and is a member of the N.E.W. Piano Teachers Forum. This is Susan’s fifth season as accompanist for the Green Bay Boy Choir.
Katie is in her third year working with the Green Bay Boy Choir, where she accompanies the Marquette Choir. Katie attended UW-Green Bay, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, and holds certifications in instrumental, choral and general music. She has since gone on to receive a Master of Fine Arts in Music from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Katie is a member of the National Association for Music Education, where she has been a featured guest speaker in Nashville, TN, discussing relevant topics in music education.
At present, she works in the West De Pere School district, where she is the assistant band director at West De Pere High School, and the general music teacher at Westwood Elementary. She actively performs at her church, where she plays piano/guitar for contemporary worship services.