We are a group of choral enthusiasts of all backgrounds that is dedicated to making quality music and sharing it with the Kenosha community.
Meet Our Directors:
Jerome and Debra Hogan are the new directors of the Kenosha Chamber Choir. Jerome and Debra have recently moved back to Wisconsin after being gone for fifteen years. While in Wisconsin, Debra performed as a soprano soloist with many groups in the Midwest including Milwaukee Symphony, Madison Symphony, Oshkosh Symphony, Middleton Choir along with Skylight Opera and Madison Opera. In Florida, Debra served as staff accompanist and voice teacher at Seminole Community College. Many of her voice students have won awards in Wisconsin, Florida and Colorado.
Jerome had an extensive career as Choral Director for the Germantown Public Schools and taught in Florida at Seminole Community College Valencia Community College. After moving to Colorado, he taught at Colorado Mountain College. He and Debra established the Collegiate Peaks Choral, a community chorus, beloved by the people in the Arkansas Valley. They were also on the Board of High-Country Fine Arts Association and as such directed Broadway shows such as Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, The Sound of Music and Les Miserable, as well as the children's musicals How Does Your Garden Grow and Go West.
A little over one year ago, the couple moved back to Wisconsin to be close to family. They have both missed not being involved in the music scene and are delighted to be a part of Kenosha Chamber Choir.
Meet Our Board:
President: Jeff Lander
Vice President: Jenny Norton
Treasurer: Angela DeJonge
Secretary: Colette Shackelford
General Board Members: Lucas Detwiler, Mark Jaros, Lauren Sergent, Erika Willkomm
The KCC traces its origin to Carthage College. In 2005 Carthage College offered an evening community choir, known as the Carthage Masterworks Chorale. Under the direction of Dr. Dimitri Shapovalov, the group eventually assumed the name of the Kenosha Choral Arts Society.
In the fall of 2012, the Kenosha Chamber Choir was born. The choir began with new direction, a new venue and a new name. Rehearsals and performances moved to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Andrew Wyosnick filled the Artistic Director position and Robert Stevens served as Executive Director.
In the fall of 2014, Dr. Dimitri Shapovalov re-assumed the role as Artistic Director of the Kenosha Chamber Choir. The choir collaborated with the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra and Waukegan Symphony Chorus. Later that spring, the KCC took part in “A Copland Celebration” with the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra and choirs from Tremper High School.
The Kenosha Chamber Choir appointed John Kryl as director in the fall of 2016. John remained at the helm through the spring of 2018. In May 2018, the KCC performed “Voices for Valor.” The Riverport Chorus, MGV Harmonia, and the Round Lake Community Band joined us to pay tribute to veterans and to provide suicide prevention resources.
As the Kenosha Chamber Choir began its Fall 2018 season, Michelle Nuetzmann took the reins as director. The KCC hosted its first-ever autumn concert in October, with choirs from Grayslake Central High School as our special guests. In the winter of 2019, Bryan Chung joined Michelle to co-lead our group.
In the fall of 2019 a new season began under new leadership. Jerome and Debra Hogan bring excitement, experience and expertise as the current director and accompanist of the Kenosha Chamber Choir. We are already creating beautiful music under their watch.
Throughout our history, the Kenosha Chamber Choir has received extravagant encouragement from several local entities. The Fine Arts faculty of Carthage College has been quick to share their expertise and resources. Just Live, Inc., a suicide prevention non-profit organization, has given us great assistance. We have also received uncommonly generous support and a home in which we can hone our craft from St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.
We are proud of the family we have created here at the Kenosha Chamber Choir. Adult singers of a wide variety of ages, backgrounds and musical abilities grace our ranks. We strive to make excellent and beautiful music, but we also enjoy each other’s company. We intend to uphold both these qualities as we build upon our past history.