This dedicated group of individuals, drawn from the ranks of the Chorale and the surrounding community, provide financial and marketing guidance to the Monteverdi Chorale.

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Board of Directors
Cody Miller, Artistic Director
A native of Massillon, Ohio, Dr. Shawn Cody Miller is excited to serve as the new Artistic Director of the Monteverdi Chorale. Recently appointed the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, he will conduct the Concert Choir, Choral Union, and Campus Choir, and teach courses in conducting and secondary choral methods. Most recently he was Assistant Professor of Music at Indiana University South Bend where he led both the choral and music education areas. Prior to his university work, Dr. Miller led choirs in K-12 schools, churches, and community ensembles, including appointments as Assistant Conductor of the Houston Children’s Chorus under Stephen Roddy and Conductor of the Ingham Festival Chorale in – a community ensemble located outside Lansing, MI that primarily performs choral-orchestral repertoire.

 
 
 
 
 
Michael Porrey, President
Michael has been a singing member of the chorale for 26 years. He spent six years on the board 2002 through 2008 and returned to the board for a second term in 2016. He took over as board president in 2017. In addition to his work with the chorale he was past president of the American Suzuki Foundation and the Stevens Point Barbershop Chorus. He studied vocal and piano performance at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. He has sung with choral groups all over central Wisconsin including the Central Wisconsin Symphony Chorus, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point Oratorio Chorus, Waupaca Community Chorus, and Stevens Point Barbershop Chorus. He is a 45 year member of the International Barbershop Harmony Society.
Lindsay Bernhagen
Lindsay is a former member of Monteverdi Chorale and a lifelong musician. She graduated with a B.A. in music from Luther College in Decorah, IA, and was lucky enough to sing with their esteemed Nordic Choir under the direction of Weston Noble. She also has an M.A. in ethnomusicology and a Ph.D. in comparative studies, both from Ohio State. While in Ohio, Lindsay sang with the Columbus Symphony Chorus. She currently serves as the Director of the Center for Inclusive Teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and is an active community member. She spends her free time enjoying all of Wisconsin’s seasons with her husband Peter and their ever-expanding pack of rescue dogs.
 


Joyce Heintz
Joyce joined the Monteverdi board in 2020 because she knows music performed by Monteverdi Chorale feeds the soul of musician and listener. She is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, now retired but serving as a part-time interim pastor. Joyce is a native of Wood County, Ohio, and currently resides in Wisconsin Rapids. She holds music degrees from Capital University (Columbus, Ohio) and Bowling Green (Ohio) State University and M.Div. from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus. 

 

David Henry 
David is on his first tour on the Board of Governors but has been an active member of the Monteverdi Chorale for 23 years. He began his singing career in choirs at the age of 10 with the Wichita Boys Civic Choir and has sung in high school, college, church and private choral groups ever since. David views choral singing as a unique opportunity to make beautiful music with others.

Joe Larson
Joe has been singing with Monteverdi since 1999. He also sings with the Stevens Point Barbershoppers chorus and in his own quartet, Regal Blend. He performs on bass, piano, and vocals with Norm Dombrowski’s Happy Notes polka band and with the Bytemark classic rock band. He is an ordained Elder at Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church and sings in the choir.

Joe served on the board at Frame, and is still active with the Mission Committee and the Community Grants program. He is a past President of the Barbershoppers, as well as past Vice President of Music.
 
Joe retired from Sentry Insurance in 2012, where he kept the computers happy, and sometimes the people. He had several different jobs in the IT department over the years: his latest was in support of the 5000-odd mailboxes attached to the internal email systems, voice mail and fax servers.


Wanda Lay 
Wanda is a long time member of Monteverdi Chorale, and is currently serving her third term as a board member. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point with degrees in English and Secondary Education. She worked many years for Sentry Insurance, and while there earned certification as a Certified Professional Secretary. Wanda went on to teach Communications at Mid-State Technical College, from which she is now retired. She is the mother of four.


Beth Omernick
Beth joins the Monteverdi Board as a small business owner, teacher and life-long musician.  Born and raised in Stevens Point, Beth feels a great connection to central Wisconsin and its people.  Beth has been joyfully teaching piano lessons for the past 20 years, and worked at Mitchell Piano Works for 15 years, making her a familiar face to many local musicians,  In 2018, pursuing yet another entrepreneurial venture, Beth opened Apron Ties Kitchen creating gourmet bakery mixes for gift giving and home baking.  Living in the Rosholt area with her husband and two sons, Beth is always thinking outside the box, trying new hobbies, and bringing a creative heart to central Wisconsin through music, theater and community connection.


Mark Phillippi 
Mark joined the Monteverdi Chorale board in 2017. He is a University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point graduate with a major in Mathematics and Computer Science. He currently works at Sentry Insurance, Stevens Point where he joined as an IT technology expert in 1986. Mark currently resides in Stevens Point with his wife and son.
 
 
Edye Ray
Edye is an Alto in the Monteverdi Chorale and a new member of the board. She is a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, IA with a BA in Music Education. Most recently, she was the K-12 Vocal and General Music Specialist for the Rosholt School District, retiring in 2018 after 30 years in the district. Prior to Rosholt, Edye taught at Pacelli High School and in Minnesota. She now enjoys having more time to make music with Monteverdi and at Trinity Lutheran Church, as well as volunteering, accompanying, and subbing in the schools. Edye and her husband, David, also a member of Monteverdi, live in the Custer area and are proud parents of two adult daughters.
 
  
  

Monteverdi Master Chorale Board of Directors 2020-2021
Michael Porrey - President
Cody Miller - Artistic Director
Lindsay Bernhagen
Joyce Heintz
David Henry 
Joe Larson
Wanda Lay 
Matthew Markham 
Beth Omernick
Elise Olk 
Mark Phillippi 
Edye Ray 
Ryan Wanta 
 
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