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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.

Our Accompanist Chancellor Wyman       
Extraordinary  talented as a pianist, Chancellor Wyman serves as accompanist for the Madison Chorale. 
His abilities are strong in the arena of piano and organ performance, voice and musical interpretation.  
Chancellor brings with him many years of choral experience and possesses a strong proficiency
 in the interpretation of music.  As well, he is a successful educator in the field of choral arts with
previous experience as accompanist for vocal music programs at Roseville High School and Grosse Pointe Community schools.  He has served as the Vocal/Music Director for Henry Ford II High School’s musical theater productions and is the accompanist for the Birmingham Temple and Franklin 
Community Church.. Previous to his position as accompanist, he sang with the tenor section delivering a strong, pitch-perfect performance and served as chorale director last season.
Witty, congenial, engaging and quite musically talented, Chancellor received his B.A. in Music from 
George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a concentration in Piano Performance. 
 He subsequently pursued graduate studies at Wayne State University.  
He lives with his wife, Amber, and three young daughters in Hazel Park, MI.  

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.