About The Madison Chorale
It was a circle of five musicians in the early 1970’s with $40 in their pockets who longed to see a
dream come to fruition. With sheer determination and singularity of purpose, the group pooled their
efforts to establish a viable and enjoyable form of group entertainment. Forty years later, their
efforts have paid off.
The Madison Chorale, your local venue for talent and entertainment, celebrates 42 years of
inspirational music production. An auditioned intergenerational group open to men and women,
the group performs a variety of holiday and Spring concerts in Southeastern Michigan. They have
provided a creative and challenging outlet for those who love to sing.
Originally affiliated with the City of Madison Heights and Lamphere Continuing Education system
and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, the group sang for the first time at City Hall in
May, 1973. Under the direction of various music directors who came and went, the group finally
stabilized under the youthful and creative leadership of Maureen Kennedy.
Recognized by the City of Madison Heights and honored by the State of Michigan House of
Representatives, the group provides many charitable performances and has an annual concert
The Power of Music
Music enhances the holiday spirit, freshens your outlook on life, fosters hope, exhilarates,
encourages awareness of the arts.
It requires effort and dedication on the part of those who bring us joy through their artful
presentation of music. They transport us into the peaceful realm of pure harmony, or, with
exuberance, open our eyes wide with exciting foot-stomping, gutsy musical rendition.
Blues, ragtime, romance, show tunes, old tunes - somber, lively, spiritual, classical -
you will hear a seasonal and varied production of music to warm your soul and lift your
spirit. We have proudly presented programs such as the “Richard Rodgers Anthology,”
Bach’s “Magnificat,” and Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms.” Join us and hear the music
come alive for your enjoyment!
Meet our Director, Vincent Halkey
groups of all ages. His vocal performance career began at Lamphere High School
in Madison Heights, where he was born and raised. His talent as a tenor led him to
Central Michigan University, where he earned a Bachelor in Vocal Performance with
a minor in Theater. Vincent was awarded a Graduate Assistantship to The University
of Akron and received his Master of Music in Vocal Performance. Vincent has been
privileged to perform with choirs at prestigious venues, including E.J. Thomas Hall
and Carnegie Hall, and has performed in classic operas, such as Tosca,
The Mikado, and Cosi Fan Tutte. Once Vincent learned there was a place in his
hometown community, where choral music lovers came together…he was hooked!
He has been involved with the Madison Chorale as a tenor, guest performer, and
instrumental accompanist since 2004. Vincent is the vocal music instructor for Eaton
Academy in Eastpointe, where he is passionate about keeping music and the
performing arts as essentials in educating young people. Along with a Master of Education degree from Marygrove
College, he has completed a Master of Arts in School Principalship in his pursuit of educational leadership.
Vincent resides in Hazel Park with his wife Tina, and their five sons.
Maureen Kennedy, Director Emeritus, 1978–2013
Recently retired local resident and accomplished musician Maureen Kennedy
directed the 30-member Madison Chorale with a seriousness of effort designed to
mold and develop the many talented members of the group. Her ability to recognize
talent and apply it suitably to enhance the group’s effort was honed and perfected
after 35 years of service and commitment to the chorale. She holds a master degree
in music with concentrations in Choral Conducting and Vocal Pedagogy.
Her undergraduate degree is in Music Education with a major in Voice. She knew
the melody, the harmony and the sound she wanted to hear and endeavored with
determination and skilled effort to build the Chorale into a strong group with
exceptional performance ability. Chorale members and audience alike benefited
from her effort to produce melodic perfection.
Key: S (Soprano), A (Alto), T (Tenor), B (Bass)