The choir felt the need to expand beyond its baroque roots, so took on a new name that reflected the prominent accomplishments of their singers and captured the essence of their mission, The Master Singers of Milwaukee. The first concert under their new name was performed in 1983.
Marlys made a strong statement with the first director hired to lead the newly minted Master Singers of Milwaukee. In January 1984, Alice Parker, American composer and conductor was asked to conduct the Master Singers of Milwaukee in a program containing some of her own works. While it was not common for women to be given this position at the time, Marlys sought out talent and artistry over long-standing traditions and bias. These ideals are at the heart of our culture at MSM to this day.
By 1987 the modern model for MSM’s performance season was formed. A season’s worth of concerts were planned and performed instead of the one-at-a-time method employed earlier.