Marna has been singing with the Master Singers since January 2012 but has been active in choirs her entire life. Having grown up in a musical family, with both parents being church musicians, she has been involved in the performing arts since a very young age. She joined the MSM Board in summer 2020. Marna is a 2011 graduate of Carthage College with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, with an emphasis in Creative Writing, and a minor in Music. She is currently Operations Director for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO), where she oversees the planning and logistics of all programming, including rehearsal schedules, facility usage, equipment and trucking, venue contracts, performances, and international tours. Marna has been with MYSO since August 2014. She and her husband, Paul, live in Cudahy, WI, with their fur baby Shere Khan.
Marilyn Henning and her husband, Lee, started singing with the Master Singers of Milwaukee when the group was originally formed in 1973.
She served as personnel director under Marlys Greinke and in the same capacity for 15 years with Margaret Hawkins in her small ensemble, Vocal Arts Consort. She served as secretary for the MSM Board until 2013. Marilyn continues to serve on the MSM Board as a member-at-large, and to sing with the group. She also plays flute in a flute ensemble, sings in church choir, and sings in the Elm Grove Women’s Choir.
Marilyn graduated from Marquette University in 1974 in nursing with a minor in music in, and worked as a surgical and ER nurse. She began teaching nursing in 1981 and taught at Alverno, UW-Milwaukee, and Marquette University. Marilyn earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Marquette University in 1985, worked as a Clinical Specialist, and then taught nursing at MATC for 24 years. She retired from teaching in 2013.
Marilyn and Lee have four married children and 16 grandchildren. The Hennings live in Elm Grove, Wisconsin.
Master Singers of Milwaukee
7635 W Bluemound Rd – Suite 215
Milwaukee, WI 53213
This organization is supported with funds from the American Rescue Plan Act provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and granted through the Wisconsin Arts Board.