Janet Herrick, Director Emeritus
Janet L. Herrick, former Professor of Music at Lakeland College, is the founding conductor of the Sheboygan Symphony Chorus and Symphony Singers. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania's Mansfield University (Music Education/trumpet) and Texas Christian University (Voice Performance and Pedagogy) where she was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda.
Early in her career she taught choral music in the Williamsport Area School District (PA) and was the first recipient of the Exemplary Music Program Award from Music Educators National Conference (MENC). She was the author of Williamsport's Choral Curriculum which served as a model for numerous other districts. Her choirs appeared regularly at the Pennsylvania Music Educators conferences and, on two occasions, were selected to perform at the Eastern Division conventions of the American Choral Directors Association.
Prof. Herrick came to Lakeland from Texas Christian University (Fort Worth), where she was director of the university's Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Interim Director of Choral Activities. In addition to her duties at TCU she served as Assistant Choirmaster at University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
She has conducted at numerous music conferences and conventions in the northeast and Texas and conducted the Lakeland College Choir's performances at the Wisocnsin Choral Directors Association conventions in 1996 and 1999. She is a frequent guest conductor for scholastic choruses and has prepared choruses for orchestras in Pennsylvania (Williamsport Symphony), Texas (Fort Worth Symphony), and Wisconsin (Sheboygan Symphony). On numerous occasions she has had the honor of conducting the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Herrick has performed in choruses and master classes conducted by Robert Shaw, Richard Miller, Robert Harris, Eduardo Mata, John Giordano, Helen Strassburger Boatwright, Ronald Shirey, and many others.
In 1991 she was named to Mansfield University's Music Alumni Honor Roll and was honored as Mansfield's Distinguished Educator of 1994. Ms. Herrick is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In addition to her choral music duties at Lakeland, she taught voice and conducted the college's Schilcutt Handbell Ensemble which has performed with the SSO at the 2006, 2008 and 2010 Christmas Treasures concerts. She also performed as section double bassist with the Sheboygan Symphony.