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.

Board of Directors
Cody Miller, Artisitic Director
 

John Lay, Executive Director

John has been Executive Director of Monteverdi Chorale since 2007. He is a University of Wisconsin, Whitewater graduate with a degree in accounting and business administration. John received his Masters of Arts in teaching degree in Business Education from University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and spent 33 years at Mid-State Technical College as an instructor, manager, and administrator. He currently directs the Northern Gateway Chorus of Stevens Point Barbershoppers. John is a member of the Chorale and sings bass.
 
 


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.
 
 



Charmian Fournier 

Charm has been on the Monteverdi Chorale board since 2014 and is in her second term. She spent her career as a Social Worker for the Portage County Health & Human Services, Family Crisis Center and as the former owner of Elmers Garage. She continues to volunteer at the Family Crisis Center.

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.

Elise Olk 

Elise has been a chorale singer since 1992. She was a member of the chorale board 1998-2001 and has returned in 2017 for a second term. She is also currently the chorale's music librarian co-chair. In addition to her work for the chorale she was past president of the Stevens Point Newcomers Club and past board member of the Stevens Point Christian Women's Club. She has been an active long time member of her church choir and participated with both the Central Wisconsin Symphony Chorus and University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point Oratorio Chorus. Along with her enjoyment of singing, she is an avid traveler, birder and walker. She enjoys family time with her 8 grandchildren.



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.


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.



Sue Bergin

Sue is a lifelong resident and active member of the community, volunteering with Operation Bootstrap, Stevens Point YMCA and the American Red Cross. She and her husband, Steve, have been active on the Monteverdi Chorale board for many years. She has been busy raising three children and now is enjoying two grandchildren whenever she gets the chance.

Wanda Lay 
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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.
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.
 
  
  

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Michael Porrey - President
John Lay - Executive Director
Cody Miller - Artistic Director
Sue Bergin 
Lindsay Bernhagen
Charm Fournier 
David Henry 
Joe Larson
Wanda Lay 
Matthew Markham 
Elise Olk 
Mark Phillippi 
Edye Ray 
Ryan Wanta 
 
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