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NEWEST announcements appear first (last update 7.17.2020)
Thank You, Kathleen Otterson
The WI NATS Board thanks Kathleen Otterson (Edgewood College) for her service as North Central Regional Governor the past four years. During her term, Ms. Otterson oversaw the regional rounds of the National Student Auditions, NATS Artist Awards, and NATS Music Theater Competition. Ms. Otterson served previously as WI NATS Membership Secretary, Vice-President, President, Auditions Co-Chair, and WI District Governor. Thank you, Kathy, for your leadership and service!
Congratulations, Dan Johnson-Wilmot
Dan Johnson-Wilmot has been named Emeritus Professor of Music at Viterbo University in LaCrosse, WI, and has retired from full-time teaching after 47 years at Viterbo. Dan will remain on staff as Adjunct Instructor of Voice beginning in the fall. He received his BA in Music from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota and MM in Voice from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his years at Viterbo, Dan has taught applied voice and vocal pedagogy, directed the Concert Choir (30 years), and served as chair of the music department twice during his tenure for a total of thirteen years. His voice students have won over three hundred and fifty awards in the NATS state, regional and national auditions, and are frequent winners in the Metropolitan Opera auditions, the Bruce Carlson Schubert Club (MN) Scholarship competition, and the Classical Singer competition. Former students are singing on Broadway, at the Metropolitan Opera, in summer programs including Sarasota, Ohio Light, Glimmerglass, Merola, and Central City, and in professional choral groups such as Chanticleer. His students have received scholarships to prestigious graduate programs at Manhattan School, University of Indiana, Bloomington, Cleveland Institute, University of Houston, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, University of Kentucky, Lexington and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Outside the university, Dan has been very active in the music community in LaCrosse: founding the La Crosse Boy Choir in 1974 and serving as their music director/conductor for thirty years; founding the Three Rivers Girls Choir in 1987 and directing them for ten years. Dan was the bass section leader in the St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral Gallery Singers for eleven years and sang in the Choir of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadeloupe. Around the state and in Minnesota, he has sung as soloist in opera and oratorio. He has been in demand as an adjudicator in auditions and competitions, and taught master classes in the United States, Europe and China.
Wisconsin NATS knows Dan best as our dedicated former Auditions Chair. Many of the policies and procedures in place for the Fall Auditions were crafted by Dan during 25 years of overseeing them, and he was instrumental in the development of the “Auditionware” system now in use nationally. At the national level, Dan served as Regional Governor of the North Central Region of NATS; and National Vice President for Membership of NATS . He is currently the NATS National Student Auditions Coordinator, and is largely responsible for the expansion of the NSA over the past 5 years.
Commenting on his career as a voice teacher, Dan says: “I love teaching because I enjoy the process that students engage in as they discover the musical gifts and artistic potential they possess and develop that potential to its fullest. The study of vocal music is a cooperative venture where teacher and student and accompanist enter in as partners to explore the creative potential of vocal artistry.”
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Susan Bender is the New North Central Regional Governor
Susan Bender (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point) has been appointed NATS North Central Regional Governor, succeeding Kathleen Otterson (Edgewood College). NATS North Central includes Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Ms. Bender has served as the District Governor for the state of Wisconsin for 3 years, has been an active member of Wisconsin NATS for 17 years and has been a member of NATS since 1993. She is currently finishing her 17th year as Professor of Music, Artist/Teacher of Voice at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. Congratulations, Susan!
Joanne Bozeman Publishes Book on Women's Voices
Congratulations to Joanne Bozeman on the recent release of her book, Singing Through Change: Women's Voices in Midlife, Menopause and Beyond, written with Nancy Bos and Cate Frazier-Neely. Speech Pathologist and Singing Voice Specialist Lori L. Sonnenberg describes the book as "a thorough, thoughtful, and compassionate look into the complexities surrounding the singing voice for women during midlife and the menopausal transition, interwoven with stories that inform, encourage and inspire us to keep singing. This will no doubt be a tremendous resource for the singing and medical communities for years to come." Ms. Bozeman writes: "We wrote the book for singers of all kinds, and in accessible language. For teachers, we want them to know that it's not a "how to" book; it's more of a "how women" may react to an important and transitional time of life. With this background, teachers will be better equipped to work with women who come to them for lessons." The book is available for purchase at Amazon.com, and more information is available here.
Heidi Wylie Receives Emerging Leader Award
Heidi Wylie (Milwaukee, WI) has been selected as one of seven national recipients of the NATS Emerging Leader Award. This program is designed to recognize teachers of singing with no more than 10 years of teaching experience, and who are active at the chapter and regional level of NATS. Ms. Wylie is a singer, vocal instructor and music educator in the Milwaukee area, and taught high school choir in the Milwaukee Public Schools for five years. Heidi began teaching private voice after seeing a large need for private instruction among urban students desiring to major in music who were not afforded the opportunity for a K-12 music education. Wylie Voice Studio has secured funding for over $7,000 in scholarships since its inception to help students acquire voice training on par with their suburban peers.
Rachel Wood is the new District Governor
Rachel Wood (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater) has been appointed WI District Governor, succeeding Susan Bender (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point). Rachel has served as the Corresponding Secretary of WI NATS for the past four years. She is currently an Assistant Professor and Voice Area Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she has taught since 2015.
In Memoriam - Carlene McMonagle
It is with sadness we inform you that WI NATS member Carlene McMonagle passed away on November 22nd, 2017. Carlene was very active in the WI Chapter, serving in a number of offices including President. Her students were frequent participants and winners in the state chapter Audition each fall. She was a member of the voice faculty for 25 years at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
A visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 20275 Davidson Rd, Brookfield, Wisconsin, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. The Harder Funeral Home is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the:
Carlene McMonagle Scholarship in Voice
UW-Whitewater Foundation, Inc.
800 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190
Donations may also be made through online giving: http://www.uww.edu/foundation/give/form.
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Helen Ceci Published in Inter Nos Newsletter
An article written by WI NATS member Helen Ceci appears in the current edition of the NATS Inter Nos newsletter. The article is part of the newsletter's "NATS for a Lifetime Showcase." In it, Ms. Ceci discusses her experiences with the NATS organization, and with the Wisconsin Chapter. To read the article in Inter Nos online, please follow this link (you will need to log in to the NATS website using your username and password), and click on "View Current Issue - Fall 2017."
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