ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & Founder - MARK TOMASINO
In 2008, two years after receiving his Bachelors of Music Composition from Illinois Wesleyan University, Mark Tomasino founded the Wicker Park Choral Singers in search of a post-collegiate choral community. Since that day, he has programmed and directed over fifty performances throughout the Chicagoland area, taking the stage in famed local venues such as Preston Bradley Hall, Symphony Center, 4th Presbyterian Church, and Millennium Park. With WPCS, he has made multiple television and radio appearances, including WGN Morning News, WFMT 98.7 FM, Good Day Chicago, and the final season of the Oprah Winfrey Show. A fierce advocate for new music, Tomasino has conducted several world premieres and continues to seek out new works and collaborations to further the choral art.
In addition to Illinois Wesleyan University, Tomasino has studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands and completed courses from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. His conducting mentors and inspirations include J. Scott Ferguson, Laura Lane, James Jordan, and Donald Nally.
Outside of music, Tomasino works as a Solutions Architect for CareerBuilder and enjoys spending time traveling outdoors with his wife and two rescue dogs.
GENERAL MANAGER - STEPHANIE MALMQUIST
Stephanie has been involved in the Chicago arts community since she moved to the city in 2003 to study at DePaul University. For the last several years she has helped various performing arts groups advance their PR and marketing efforts including Chicago's premier early music ensemble The Newberry Consort. As a choral music enthusiast and life-long choral singer, she is proud to be one of the founding members of Wicker Park Choral Singers. She is happily working full-time as a fundraising marketing manager for Chicago’s public television station WTTW11 and in her spare time she also works as a real estate broker for @properties. She is is also a proud board member of the Chicago Composers Orchestra. Yes we asked her, she does in fact have time to sleep.
Fundraising Coordinator - Katy Fattaleh
Katy joined WPCS in the fall of 2009 as an Alto and remained an active member until the 2016 season when she transitioned into the role of Fundraising Coordinator. She has been singing for most of her life, including while she attended Illinois Wesleyan University. While studying at IWU, Katy sang with the Collegiate Choir and Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Scott Ferguson. Katy was a member of the Sigma Alpha chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity where she served on the Executive Board. Today she is an Instructional Coach in Deerfield Public School District 109.
board of directors
why do you believe in WPCS?
Board President - Ingrid Burrichter
As a musician, audience member, and fan, I have experienced the transformative power of music and believe in its ability to change lives. I've witnessed this first-hand at every WPCS concert I've attended, on either side of the conductor, and I fully support WPCS's mission to build community through choral music.
Matt LoPresti - Founder, TouchPoints
WPCS is the perfect balance of execution and entertainment. There is no other all-volunteer choral organization in the state of Illinois that is performing unique, important, and challenging choral works at a professional level. WPCS members love sharing their gifts and their music with each other and with the broader community, and audiences appreciate the relaxed, fun atmosphere that doesn't sacrifice quality or experience.
Board Secretary - Kristin Conley - Chief Risk Officer, BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois
As a former dancer, music has always inspired me. The arts make the world a better place and I am honored to be a part of WPCS - creating a beautiful community through beautiful music.
Board Treasurer - Tim Holbrook - Associate Director - Financial Analysis, Kellogg School of Management
There is an earnest dedication on the part of every person associated with the organization to provide memorable choral experiences for those performing and listening to the choir.