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 
series.

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
A music  educator  for  over 17 years, Vincent  Halkey has conducted choral  
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.


Members

The Madison Chorale, Sunday, April 13, 2014
  • Left to Right (Row One): Kathy Deyo (S), Linda Peters (S), Barb Niewoit (S), Mary Healey (S), Bev Waterstradt (A), Mary Maten (A), Donna Artman (A)
  • (Row Two): Brenda Braidwood (S), Claudia Mahon (S), Renee Machiniak (S), Pam Johnson (S), Linda Berriman (A), Chris Kavalick (A), Barb Butyter (A)
  • (Row Three): Gene Bosetti (T), Mary Jo Wisneski (S), Dennis Menlen (B), Sandie Allen (S), Bill Cassey (B), Gene Fox (B), Sharon Billings (A), Mary Lusch (A), Sue Madro (A)
  • (Top Row): Noah Horn - Director, Chancellor Wyman - (T) Accompanist, Dan Greenia (T), Joe Machiniak (T), Vince Halkey (T), Mark Matthews (B), Paul Naylor (B), Cheryl Szof (A)

Key: S (Soprano), A (Alto), T (Tenor), B (Bass)