ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - A.J. Keller
A.J. started his music studies in 2004 at Illinois Wesleyan University under J. Scott Ferguson. In 2014 he received his Master of Music, Choral Conducting degree from Northwestern University and is currently there completing his Doctor of Musical Arts, Choral Conducting degree. His main teacher and mentor is Donald Nally, Northwestern’s Director of Choral Organizations and Founder and Conductor of the Grammy-Award Winning professional choir, The Crossing. A.J. is heavily involved in the Chicago choral community and has worked with Chicago Opera Theater, North Park University choral department, and is currently Director of Music at Glencoe Union Church. As a champion of new music by living composers, A.J. has also created a Chicago-based choral project called Stare at the Sun which had its inaugural performance last year. Beyond Chicago he has served as the Visiting Assistant Chorus Master of the New York Philharmonic helping prepare a 200-voice male chorus for the world premiere of David Lang’s opera Prisoner of the State. Earlier this year he served as Visiting Conductor of Ensemble Edge in Denmark.
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. During the rest of her time she is helping people sell and buy their next homes as a Realtor for @properties.
Fundraising Coordinator - Annie lyonswright
Annie received her bachelors degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin, Madison which kick-started her career in the arts. Since moving to Chicago in 2016, she has performed with The Chicago Opera Theater, and has sung in The Apollo Chorus and Wicker Park Choral Singers. Annie has been a contributor to the artistic non-profit world for four years and currently serves as the Associate Director of Individual Giving for The Joffrey Ballet. She is a passionate arts leader, focused on collaborating with a diverse range of partners to ensure the promotion of exceptional artistry and art education. In her spare time, Annie enjoys running half-marathons, setting her friends up on dates, and goofing around with her husband.
board of directors
why do you believe in WPCS?
Board President - John R. Williams - Operations and Communications Manager, Irving Harris Foundation
Over the last ten years, WPCS has been creating unique, beautiful musical experiences. Growing from a tight group of friends sharing their talents with each other and their community to a critically recognized and praised ensemble, I couldn't be prouder to support WPCS's mission of building community through choral music.
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.
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.
Rebecca Graham - Attorney & Founding Partner, Graham & Graham LLP
When I moved to Chicago at age 24, I didn’t know a single person in the city. But I was only lonely for a short time because I fell in love with the city, its unique neighborhoods, the art, and the people here. And WPCS captures this spirit of Chicago for me. I love the hustle and bustle of the city, but I also love that it contains all of these unique little oases for relaxing and enjoying amazing art. WPCS creates this kind of oasis for me. There is nothing quite like ending a week of meetings and conference calls with a night out listening to beautiful music by local talent. I am so proud of this group of people who love sharing their incredible gifts with this incredible city, and I am grateful to be able to help them do this by serving on the Board.
Mark Tomasino - Founder and former Artistc Director