Choir Directors & Accompanists

Herb Berendsen

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.

Mark Peot

Mark conducts our middle school age choirs. Mark has over 30 years of experience as a music educator in the Green Bay Area Public School District and recently retired as West High School's choral director. There he directed Chamber, Mixed, Treble, Men's, Show, and Madrigal Choirs. He also assisted with seventeen musical productions.

Mr. Peot graduated from UW-Green Bay  with a degree in Music Education and certification in Choral and General Music. He also holds a Master's degree in Administrative Leadership from UW-Milwaukee. Music and singing are among the most influential of his life experiences and he is thrilled to share his passion and love of choral singing with the Girl Choirs.

Liz Chavez

Elizabeth Chavez is in her eleventh season as a director for the 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. She also 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.

Emily Sculliuffo

Emily began working with the Green Bay Girl Choir in 2006 and has performed with the choir in Australia, New Zealand, Cleveland, Denver, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Boston and Cincinnati. She is a graduate of St. Norbert College with a degree in piano accompanying.  Emily plays for the UWGB Concert Choir, as well as the Calvary Lutheran senior and youth choirs.  She enjoys musical theater and has played for over 60 shows in the Green Bay area.

Annie Schneider

Annie Schneider came back with the choirs in June 2022 after having previously accompanied the Nicolet and Joliet Choirs.  She is a graduate of UWGB, a former preschool administrator, K-12 substitute, and maintains a private piano studio with students ranging in age from preschool through adult.  Mrs. Schneider has directed Children's Choirs, Girls' Choir, and Men's Ensembles at Bethel Baptist Church where she serves as a pianist and vocalist.  Mrs. Schneider enjoys accompanying choir concerts, musicals, and solo-ensemble events at schools in and around the Green Bay area.