Monteverdi Chorale is an auditioned, multi-generational ensemble dedicated to a high standard of choral performance. Our mission is to provide area singers and accompanying instrumentalists with the opportunity to perform great choral music in a wide variety of styles, and to share that music with the Central Wisconsin community. We are based in Stevens Point Wisconsin, with singers coming from across the Central Wisconsin region, including Portage, Marathon, Waupaca, Waushara, and Wood counties. While our singers come from a wide variety of ages, backgrounds, and occupations, we all share a love of singing and dedication to the choral arts.

The Monteverdi Chorale took its name from the 16th-17th century Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi, whose compositions bridged the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The chorale gave its first performance in the spring of 1987 under the baton of founding Artistic Director Dr. Gary Bangstad, who held that position through the spring of 2001. Molly Petroff then served as Interim Director until the chorale’s current Artistic Director, James A. Carpenter, was appointed in January 2002.

Monteverdi currently presents three concerts each season, with traditional concert programs in December and April, plus a February Cabaret. This dinner concert and fund-raiser features a kaleidoscopic variety of popular music performed by individual choir members and small ensembles in addition to the full chorale. In addition, Monteverdi performs occasionally for community events, and smaller ensembles from the chorale are available to perform at private functions.

While we take pride in the quality and diversity of our own performances, we also collaborate with other local, regional, and sometimes international performing organizations. We have shared the stage with the Wausau Lyric Choir, the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, and choral ensembles from Green Bay, Appleton, and Oshkosh. We have been invited multiple times to perform at Wisconsin Choral Directors Association state-wide conferences. While most of Monteverdi’s performances are in central Wisconsin, we have also traveled across the country and internationally, bringing our music to Washington DC, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and Ireland. Our most recent concert tour, in June 2016, took us to Montreal, Quebec City, and Burlington VT.
Monteverdi Choral Highlights -- Tours, Major Works, and Special Performances
April 1987Monteverdi's first concert, St. Stephen Church, Stevens Point, WI
January 1992WI Choral Directors Association conference, Fond du Lac, WI
April 1995Dvorak Te Deum with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra
May 1997Represented the State of WI for the "States Day Series" at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC
January 1998WI Choral Directors Association conference, Appleton, WI
November 1998International Advent Choral Festival, Vienna, Austria
June 2000Concert tour of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy
February 2003Mozart Requiem with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra
January 2004WI Choral Directors Association conference, Appleton, WI
April 2004Mozart Mass in c minor with the Wausau Lyric Choir
June 2005Concert tour of Ireland, with performances in Galway, Armagh, Belfast and Dublin
April 2006Combined concert with Bel Canto girl choir, Lawrence Arts Academy
December 2006Verdi Requiem with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and Wausau Lyric Choir
December 2008Charpentier Messe de Minuit pour Noël
April 2009Thompson Frostiana
April 2010Brahms Alto Rhapsody; Corigliano, Fern Hill
December 2010Britten A Ceremony of Carols
April 2011Combined concert with Badger State Girl Choir Vivace
April 201225th Anniversary Celebration, featuring the premiere of The Waking by Abbie Betinis, commissioned for the occasion
December 2012Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on Christmas Carols; Handel, Messiah (Part I)
January 2013Wisconsin Choral Directors Association conference, Milwaukee
April 2013Brahms Newe Liebeslieder Waltzes
April 2014Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and Wausau Lyric Choir
April 2015Bernstein Chichester Psalms
June 2016Concert tour to Montreal, Quebec, and Burlington Vermont
December 2016Bach Magnificat