Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra

About

The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra vows to engage our community through extraordinary musical experiences.
our story

Inspirational music-making for over a century.

The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1918. Over the span of more than a century, extraordinary musical experiences have evolved into a legacy of old and new traditions. During each performance, the artistry and passion of the musicians engage the senses and create new memories for young and not-so-young concertgoers.  

Did you know? The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra is the longest continually active orchestra in the state of Wisconsin!

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As a community-based professional orchestra, the majority of our musicians call the Lakeshore community home, but we also have musicians from all over Wisconsin. We perform multiple regular season concerts, a yearly holiday concert, and an annual childrens’ concerts for Sheboygan County fourth graders. The repertoire is varied and provides a unique musical experience for the audience and performers alike!

In the early 1980s, the Sheboygan Symphony partnered with the Sheboygan Area School District to form the Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony. The youth symphony has a rich history of talented musicians, dedicated conductors and tireless volunteers. Many current and former members have performed with the Sheboygan Symphony and other orchestras across the nation. For more information on our youth symphonies, please click here.

The Sheboygan Symphony Chorus was founded in 1994 by Janet L. Herrick and today is under the direction of Wilhelmina Nelmes Vogtel. The chorus is composed of 80 voices and performs several concerts each year with the Sheboygan Symphony.

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Mission

To engage our community through extraordinary musical experiences.

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Vision

A community inspired and enriched by the wonder of live classical music.

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Values

Inspiration: Our music and performances help the community to feel more human and alive.
Innovation: We ensure the wonder of classical music stays relevant to the needs of our audiences.
Inclusion: Music is a world language that invites participation of people from all background.

OUR PEOPLE.

Get to know the team behind the symphony

  • STAFF
  • conductors
  • BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A seasoned fine arts administrator with an impressive music background, Josh leads all facets of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra including strategic planning, fundraising, preparing and managing the annual budget, leading the organization’s staff, and directing marketing and promotion.

He has also recently served as President of the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, Director of Instrumental Ensembles at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wis., and previously worked for Heid Music; at Triton College in River Grove, Ill., as Director of Bands and Horn Instructor; and with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra as Librarian and Assistant Personnel Manager.
Executive Director

Josh Hernday

Tanya has been the SSO Office Manager since Spring of 2021. She is an area business professional, currently owning and operating a tax preparation and consulting business and Equine facility that focuses on Health Living. She has an extensive background in Business Management, sales, tax preparation, Marketing and Coaching. When Tanya is not at the SSO, she spends a lot of time on her farm, rehabilitating horses, coaching wellness groups and training dogs for service or therapy purposes. She has a passion for fine arts and may be in her studio painting, drawing, playing her cello and traveling around taking photos of experiences.
Office Manager

Tanya Andrews Cudworth


Orchestra Manager

Heather Guadagnino

With a background in digital media and design, Jessica joins the team as a Marketing Intern as of June 2021. Her goal is to develop her own skills and learn about nonprofit work through this internship. She plays clarinet, saxophone, and percussion as an active member of the Symphonic Band, Muskie Pride Marching Band, and Drumline at Lakeland. Jessica plans to graduate from Lakeland University in May 2022 with a double major in graphic design and communication.
Marketing Intern

Jessica Leicht

Director of Sheboygan Symphony Youth Orchestra

Molly Lieberman

Director of Sheboygan Symphony Chorus​

Wilhelmina Nelmes Vogtle

Executive Committee

Board of Directors president

Kathie Norman

Board of Directors Vice President

Celeste Pauli

Emily is a nonprofit professional whose career started with a Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra internship. She is a classically trained mezzo-soprano and a mediocre accompanist on the piano. She lives with her family in rural Glenbeulah, and loves attending SSO concerts with her young nieces.
Board of Directors Secretary

Emily Rendall-Araujo

John played cello with the SSO for nearly 30 years and is in his second stint on the Board. He is a finance professional, serves as Treasurer of the SSO and on the Budget, Development and Fundraising Committees. John and his wife Carol reside in Kohler.
Board of Directors Treasurer

John McClary

Committee Chairs & Representatives

Anne is the communications director at Lakeside Foods. She also plays oboe in the Plymouth Municipal Band and enjoys hiking with her husband and golden retriever.
Chair, Marketing Committee

Anne Smith

I moved to Sheboygan in 2014 and work at United Way of Sheboygan County as the director of community impact. I come from a family of musicians and played the bassoon for several years (and every now and then, practice a few scales still). I absolutely love music and am proud to support the SSO as a board member and concert-goer. I live in Sheboygan with my husband, Brent, and we own Sheboygan Fit Body Boot Camp.
Chair, Governance Committee

Gina Covelli

Jeff retired in 2016 after 30 years with Plastics Engineering Company, where he was Secretary and General Counsel.
Chair, Artistic Committee

Jeff Mohr

Sheboygan Symphony Youth Orchestra Representative

Rachel Montes

A charter member of the chorus, sings with the Symphony Carolers, and an Alto Co-section Leader. I also play clarinet and piano for fun! After a 42 year career in Social Work, I retired in 2014 as a Social Work Supervisor for Sheboygan County Health and Human Services.
Sheboygan Symphony Chorus Representative

Ellen Cheney

Joe is a member of the SSO clarinet section.
Sheboygan Symphony Musician Representative

Joe Milicia

Lindsay is the Principal Cellist of the SSO, and along with her performing career she maintains an active cello studio.
Sheboygan Symphony Musician Representative

Lindsay Patterson

Board Members

Retired from Sargento Foods in June of 2019. Writing and recording and performing music is my part time passion. I love the SSO and also sang in the symphony chorus for eight years.

Keith Abler

Kristen Bergamo

Roberta joined the Sheboygan Symphony Board in 2011 and has served as Chair of the Development and the Nominating and Governance Committees, and as President of the Board of Directors. Roberta retired from Robert W. Baird & Company as a Vice-President and Senior Investment Consultant. Prior to that she owned and operated a public relations and marketing firm.

Roberta Filicky-Peneski

David Hein teaches music at Alverno College where he directs the Alverno College choir and teaches courses in their Music Therapy Program. He is the principal organist and sanctuary choir accompanist at The United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, WI.

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Bill Jacob

Although I’m a huge fan of metal and classic rock, I find listening to symphonic music brings balance to my thoughts and life. I hope everyone takes the opportunity to listen to our musicians and the beautiful music they create, starting today. I’ll guarantee you will be hooked by their music for a lifetime and will want others you know to share in your find!

Scott Kuehn


Kimberly Meller

Darren grew up in Sheboygan and attended SSO concerts with his family. He and his wife Elise, a pediatrician, have three sons who have all participated in the Sheboygan Symphony Youth Orchestra. He plays the trumpet and piano, enjoys tennis and reading, volunteers his time with many organizations in the Sheboygan community, and listens to all genres of music.

Darren Opel

Damon Wenig is excited to join the mission of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra in enriching our community’s cultural environment through the arts. As a native to Sheboygan County, and SAYS alum, some of his first exposure to the arts were from Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra performances. His personal passion for the arts further blossomed during his undergraduate studies in vocal performance in Sydney, Australia.

Damon Wenig

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