Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale
The Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale is a community children’s chorus comprised of fourth through eighth grade students, from Fond du Lac and the surrounding communities, interested in performing and studying high-quality choral music. Founded in 1997 as a project of the Fond du Lac Arts Council, it is a resident ensemble of the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts in Fond du Lac, Wis.
The Chorale performs two major concerts each season, in addition to smaller appearances at other venues throughout the year. The Chorale’s repertoire provides an enjoyable and challenging musical experience, while expanding children’s learning horizons in music fundamentals, vocal technique and rehearsal discipline. Musicianship and artistry are taught in rehearsals through a performance-based music education process that aims to inspire appreciation and enjoyment of music, while developing personal and artistic excellence, and enriching our community. Auditions are held at various times throughout the year and by appointment.
Who should audition for the Children’s Chorale?
In short, any child who loves to sing! The Chorale is for fourth through eighth graders. We celebrate and affirm the artistry of children. The Children’s Chorale is an organization where children are encouraged to express themselves. Members have the opportunity to build relationships with peers who are serious about music making. The rehearsal environment is creative, nurturing, educational, enjoyable, and supportive. Our members regularly move into leadership roles in their chosen high schools, successfully performing in their choirs, bands, on stage, as soloists, and in ensembles. If you know of a young person who should be singing with us, help us make the connection! Contact us for more information.
Rehearsals are every Monday night at 4:30 pm starting in September until December. A holiday concert is held at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts in the Great Hall. The spring semester begins in January to May and a spring concert is held.
Meet the staff
Eva Thelen-Dunphy started her career with violin lessons at age 5. In middle school, as the result of encouragement from her choir director, Eva found her voice and pursued her education in vocal performance and choral conducting. She holds a degree in Music from Marian University, having studied under the direction of David Hein.
Eva serves as choir director for Holy Family Parish in Fond du Lac and is a regularly featured soloist for the Lighthouse Big Band, the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band, and the nationally televised Heart of the Nation Masses. She also serves as lead singer of “Eva and the Swizzle Sticks”, a Jazz combo that performs regularly at THELMA.
She also serves as director for the “On Stage @ THELMA” children’s theatrical summer camp.
Eva is a member of the board of directors for the Fond du Lac Community Theater, where she can regularly be seen on stage, in the pit orchestra, or behind the scenes directing children’s theater.
Eva lives in Fond du Lac with her musically gifted husband Michael, son Arthur, and Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Nigel.
Patricia Siekierke, Accompanist, was the Middle School/High School choral director at Horace Mann High School in North Fond du Lac for the past 27 years. Prior to North Fond du Lac, she taught in Green Lake for 6-1/2 years as the elementary general music teacher. She is an organist at her church in Oshkosh and is the accompanist for South Shore Chorale in Fond du Lac. She is an active accompanist and recently retired from her teaching position in North Fond du Lac.
For more information about the Chorale or to join the Chorale, contact [email protected]
$200 per student for one semester
$225 per additional sibling for both semesters
$150 per additional sibling for one semester
Discounted rates will be available for parents willing to volunteer for the program. More information on volunteer opportunities will come soon.