History of The Menomonie Singers
Juliana Schmidt, Executive Director, started the Menomonie Singers in 1989 as the Menomonie Chamber Singers, with only 12 members, rehearsing at various locations in Menomonie, and performing in many spaces including local churches, the Menomonie Public Library, and the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts. From 1989-2012, the choir grew only slightly, continued performing only for the holidays, for Tainter tours, and private parties, but without a conductor until 2012, when it was incorporated, became an admission by audition group, and Nathan Jacobson took on the position of conductor. Since that time, the choir has grown to 36 singers, holding regular auditions in August and January. The organization has also added more performances, ultimately establishing regular community concerts, with an oratorio selection in the spring accompanied by an orchestra.
Amy Vogt has a Bachelor of Music in choral conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Recently, she became the new choral conductor at DeLong and Northstar Middle Schools in the Eau Claire School District. Vogt has had many choral conducting experiences including music department chair and choral conductor at McDonnell High School in Chippewa Falls. She also led the Very Special Arts Choir, and the adult choir at United Methodist Church, both in Menomonie. She has previously sung as a soprano in The Menomonie Singers.
Juliana Schmidt started The Menomonie Singers in 1989. She has been active in the arts in Menomonie for many years, having also been one of the founders and then director of Arts Coming Together, Inc., a local arts agency. She has performed with one-half of a duo known as An Old Sweet Song, bringing American popular song from the Victorian Age to World War II with her own scripted shows to audiences all over the Midwest. She sings in, and serves as treasurer for, The Menomonie Singers, and teaches music classes at UW-Stout. She has taught voice and piano for more than three decades.