LeRoy has enjoyed a life-long association with choral music beginning with junior high church choir through high school, college glee club, church choir, member of Milwaukee Symphony Chorus 1984 – 1992 and member of Master Singers of Milwaukee 1990 – 2012. Due to these affiliations he has enjoyed multiple glee club and choir tours to Europe in addition to singing under the batons of James Levine and Andrew Davis with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at Ravinia, as well as with Phillip Brunelle at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. He has been an MSM Board member for six years.

He earned a B.A. in History from Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN 1967, and a M.A. in Theatre from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 1980 where he also studied for a M.A. Arts Administration, (ABT).

In September of 1980 He joined the UW-Milwaukee Theatre Department and served as an educator and administrator there until May 2019 when he retired. He was active regionally and nationally in The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) where he served as Midwest Region Chair and as National Vice President for Sections and Chapters.  During his career he was instrumental in bringing the national conference of USITT to Milwaukee twice, once serving as Chair. He was made a Fellow of the Institute in March 2000.

Janet joined the MSM in 2009 and still sings with the group. She was invited to join the MSM Board in 2013 and was appointed Board Secretary serving in that position until being elected the current President. She graduated from UW – Milwaukee in 1973 with a Music Education degree and did additional graduate level work resulting in her Orff-Schulwerk Certification. She taught elementary music in the School District of Waukesha for 34 years and served as President of the Education Association of Waukesha for the last four years of her career. She retired from teaching in 2008.  She continues to work part-time doing clerical work for a small, family-owned manufacturing business located in Waukesha. WI. She has two sons who are married and has three grandchildren. Janet lives in Wauwatosa, WI.

We have an exciting announcement – four upcoming recorded performances! Our first performance, The Song of Love, premiered on Sunday, February 14 @ 4:00 PM CST. Our St. Patrick’s Day concert, the second performance in our Musical De-Lites series, premiered on Wednesday, March 17 @ 4:00 PM CDT. Our final two performances will premiere on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9 @ 4:00 PM CDT and Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 @ 4:00 PM CDT.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for performance teasers and song insights from Director Eduardo Garcia-Novelli.

Due to the pandemic, MSM recently launched a 2020-2021 Winter/Spring Virtual Concert Season that includes five short recorded live performances. These performances were recorded (live, masked, and distanced) at a safe and secure site, following CDC Covid-19 guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy.

The Winter/Spring Season opened on December 19, 2020, with “A Master Singers Christmas 2020” and continued in 2021 with “The Song of Love,” the first of 4 Musical De-lites mini-concerts, which premiered on February 14. Our virtual season continues through the Spring with new seasonally-themed performances by our MSM singers conducted by Dr. Eduardo Garcia-Novelli, premiering on March 17, May 9, and May 31.

Each performance premieres on our Facebook page at 4:00 PM CST on the scheduled date, and also goes live at that time on our website and on our YouTube channel. We hope that you will join us to watch these performances, and return to enjoy them as often as you like while we are unable to perform in person for you. We are looking forward to next season when we hope to return to live concerts again!

Your generosity to the MSM throughout the pandemic, which has severely affected many arts organizations, has enabled us to maintain our financial stability and to support our staff during these challenging times for the performing arts. If you enjoy viewing any of our live recorded performances this season, please consider making a donation now by clicking here. All donors will be acknowledged by giving level in our virtual concert programs, which are available through links in our social media, and on our website and YouTube page.

Thank you very much for your much-valued support, and we hope that you enjoy each of our performances!

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.

Carol Thiel has sung with the MSM since 2013 and she accepted the new Board position of Corresponding Secretary in 2020. After graduating from UW-Whitewater with a degree in Vocal Performance,  she had the opportunity to sing with Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera for 23 seasons. 

Until three years ago, Carol had worked for 30 years in Human Resources/Benefits with a private company. Since then she has served as an HR Director with a public entity.  Married to Bob Thiel for 34 years, they have two sons, one married, and one grandson. Carol lives in Mt Pleasant, WI. 

The MSM is fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated individual on our board and in our choir, especially since she has commuted to Wauwatosa for rehearsal for the last seven years! Welcome, Carol Thiel!

Sandra Halgerson was invited to join the MSM Board in 2017, as a Member-at-Large, and was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Board as Recording Secretary in 2020. She has studied both in the U.S. and abroad, and earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UW-Whitewater. While not a trained musician (she is not a singing member of the MSM), Sandra has enjoyed a life-long love of music, thanks to her father, an amateur musician, composer, and lyricist. She spent 43 years working as a financial professional in the metro Milwaukee area. Sandra is now retired and lives in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee, WI.

Congratulations to Sandra Halgerson on her new role as Recording Secretary, and we thank her for her many years of service to the MSM.

2020 has been a strange and unusual year for all. It has been especially hard for our MSM members as we cannot gather to present full, live, in-person concerts for you as we have in the past. Fortunately, we were able to find a way to gather safely and responsibly to record a live 4-song, 18-minute Christmas performance, “A Master Singers Christmas 2020.”

Please vote for Master Singers of Milwaukee in the Shepherd Express BEST OF MILWAUKEE 2020 in the categories of Best Choral Group and Best Classical Music Ensemble. Vote now!