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!

Select MSM singers performed at Bay View Community Day on Saturday, July 25, a socially-distanced event that celebrated all that is great about Bay View.

On Thursday, October 3, 2019, members of the Master Singers of Milwaukee and CBRE teamed up to work with the students of Goodrich Elementary. Across 5 grades and 3 classes they participated in art projects encompassing the theme of The Great Cathedrals. In a collaborative effort to bring attention to the beautiful art program at Goodrich Elementary, the MSM and CBRE ran a donation drive for art supplies that would go beyond basic supplies and allow the students to venture into bigger and more imaginative projects. The generous contributions of time, resources, and supplies were felt in the smiles and exuberance of the students who took part in this powerful experience.

The MSM would like to thank Principal Sharonda Harris for hosting us at her school as well as Mrs. Neault (Grades 1&2), Mrs. Burns (3rd Grade), and Mr. Steger (Grades 4&5) for allowing us to work with their exceptional students. We would also like to extend a special thank you to Mrs. Posy Knight, art teacher at Goodrich Elementary, for imagining the potential in a cooperative effort like this and embracing our involvement. Finally, we would like to thank the students of Goodrich Elementary whose energy, enthusiasm, and open hearts truly moved us and made this such a special and moving experience for the volunteers.

We hope that in some small way this inspires you to connect with the wonderful art here in Milwaukee and consider supporting the arts in our schools and our community. For more information on how you can support programs like the MSM and Goodrich Elementary, email, and we will connect you to the schools and programs near you.

Members of the MSM had the opportunity to connect with local business Hot Shop Glass and explore firsthand what goes into the craft of glass blowing. Seeing the incredible discipline and experience it takes to mold molten glass into an array of vibrant colors and art gave us a deeper appreciation for the effort it took to create the magnificent stained glass works of art found in the great cathedrals we are paying homage to in our October concert, The Great Cathedrals.

A huge thank you to the folks at Hot Shop Glass for allowing us to connect with a small business in southeastern Wisconsin that is exploring their own passion for art and bringing us a deeper sense of community.

Join the MSM for The Great Cathedrals as we celebrate the enduring artistic inspiration these marvels of construction have given us.