In 2016, Herb Berendsen was named Music Director of the Oshkosh Chamber Singers.
Before becoming our music director, Herb retired in 2015 from public school teaching, after finishing his 33rd year in education. Before he started teaching at Oshkosh West in 1997, he taught a year in Mission, South Dakota, then spent a year in his hometown of Neenah, WI, and then 13 years teaching middle and high school vocal music in Ripon. His choirs have sung 3 times with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, numerous times with the Oshkosh Symphony and Oshkosh Youth Symphony, and also joined forces with the Oshkosh Chamber Singers.
Since 2010, Herb has directed the MacDowell Male Chorus of Appleton, WI; he is the 5th director in the 81-year history of the 70-voice chorus. He is active as a worship musician in his church, and is on the board of directors of the Grand Opera House Foundation. Herb also conducts the Joliet Choir in the Green Bay Boy Choir, and the Titan Men's Choir and University Choir at UW Oshkosh.
Herb is also active as an accompanist, clinician, and voice coach, and is the founder of All Music Oshkosh, an organization designed to bring together artists, venues, and performing ensembles. Herb is a proud member of the National Association for Music Education as well as the American Choral Directors Association. Through his involvement in these organizations, he has had the opportunity to work with some of the top conductors in the world. Since 2010, Herb has chaired the NextDirection project, a vocal music careers conference which has drawn students from all over the midwest.
In June 2015, Herb celebrated his 30th wedding anniversary with his wife, Madeline. He has three children, Anna, William, and Madeline Mary, and has two grandchildren, Jude and Hazel.
Music Director Emeritus
Dr. Carl Chapman served as Music Director of the Oshkosh Chamber Singers for 30 years, from its founding in 1985 through 2015.
Chapman, D.M.A., M.M., B.M.E, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University
of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Before retiring in 2012, he was Chair of the Music Department and the Director of Choral Activities. He directed four of the University's five choral ensembles, including the one hundred-voice University Choir; Le Choeur de Femmes, a select chorus of women's voices; and the University Chamber Choir. The UW Oshkosh Choral Union, a combined force of
nearly 200 singers, performed frequently with the Oshkosh Symphony
Orchestra under Dr. Chapman's preparation.
has received degrees in Music Education from Northwestern
University, in Choral Conducting from the Wisconsin
Conservatory of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in
choral music from the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was the Director of Vocal Music
at Mukwonago High School
(Mukwonago, Wisconsin) for nine years, and served as visiting lecturer
at the University of Illinois before receiving his appointment at
UW Oshkosh in 1981.
has been very active in The
American Choral Directors Association and is a past President
of the Wisconsin
Choral Directors Association. He has been a frequent clinician for festival
and honors choirs, as well as for high school and junior high school