Green Bay Boy Choir
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.
HERBERT BERENDSEN – JOLIET BOY CHOIR
Herb Berendsen joins the Green Bay Boy Choir team as its new Director of the Joliet, changed voice choir. Mr. Berendsen comes to the Boy Choir from 18 years as the Choral Director at Oshkosh West High School where he conducted men’s and women’s choirs as well as mixed choirs, vocal jazz and barbershop ensembles as well as the Annual musical theater production. Prior to his time at Oshkosh West High School Mr Berendsen was the choral director at Ripon High School. Herb is an active member of the Wisconsin Choral Director’s Association where he chairs the Next Direction Conference for students interested in pursuing careers in vocal music. He is also a member of the National Association of Music Educators. He is a graduate from Wheaton College where he earned his Bachelor in Music Education and then went on to pursue his Masters of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Berendsen also conducts the MacDowell Male Chorus of Appleton and is a private vocal instructor as well as active in his church’s music ministry. Welcome Mr. Berendsen!
JUSTINE SKOG - NICOLET BOY CHOIR
Justine Skog is the new director of the Nicolet Choir for the Green Bay Boy Choir. Mrs. Skog is currently the Director of Choral Activities at Edison Middle School in Green Bay and serves as the Music Department Chairperson. She is a member of the Edison Leadership Team and the Edison Summer School Coordinator. She also directs the Show Choir and School Musical at Edison. Justine received her Bachelor of Music Education from St. Norbert College in DePere and her Masters of Educational Leadership and Curriculum Development from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Welcome Mrs. Skog!
ELIZABETH CHAVEZ- MARQUETTE BOY CHOIR
Mrs. Chavez joined the Green Bay Boy Choir Staff in 2012 after serving as a camp clinician. Mrs. Chavez is an elementary school music teacher in the Green Bay Area Public Schools and has served as a clinician with both the Green Bay Boy Choir and Girl Choir.In addition she has traveled with the Boy Choir to Vienna, Salzburg and Prague where she served as Associate Director of the Nicolet and Joliet Choirs. Her passion for music education and her students is evident in all she does! Mrs. Chavez graduated from University of Wisconsin -Green Bay, Wisconsin, where she earned her Bachelors Degree in music with emphasis in general music and choral music education.
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 the newest addition to the Green Bay Boy Choir, where she accompanies for the Marquette Choir. Katie attended UW-Green Bay, receiving at Bachelor 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, Katie works in the West De Pere School district, where she teaches general music and beginning band at Westwood Elementary School. She also teaches private piano lessons at Heid Music, and plays piano at her church as member of the contemporary worship team.