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

Jill has been the SSO office manager since October, 2019. Regular SSO concert-goers will also recognize her as the SSO’s principal clarinetist. Prior to working in the symphony office, Jill was a middle school band director at Oostburg Middle School for thirty years. When she is not at the office or practicing her clarinet, Jill can probably be found walking her rescue dog, Tess, reading, playing tennis, or trying to master the cello – her second favorite instrument.
Office Manager

Jill Hanes


Orchestra Manager

Heather Guadagnino

Director of the Sheboygan Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Concert Orchestra

Molly Lieberman

Director of the Sheboygan Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Sinfonia

Fabian Qamar

Director of Sheboygan Symphony Chorus​

Wilhelmina Nelmes Vogtle

Executive Committee

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!
Board of Directors president

Scott Kuehn

Board of Directors Vice President, Chair, Development Committee

Kathie Norman

Board of Directors Secretary

Celeste Pauli

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

I am currently in my ninth year of serving on the Sheboygan Symphony Board of Directors, acting as the chair of the education committee during eight of those years. In my professional life, I am a retired music director, having retired from the Sheboygan Area School District after 37 years of teaching. I am also the retired Director of Music at the First Congregational Church, UCC in Sheboygan. I am also currently a member of the Lakeshore Chorale as well.
Chair, Education Committee

Gene Conger

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

Jeff Mohr

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

Sheboygan Symphony Youth Orchestra Representative

Rachel Montes

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

David is nearing the end of his second tenure on the board. He's a longtime lover of classical music, and is proud to support the talented musicians who bring this music to Sheboygan.

David Gallianetti

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.

Emily Rendall-Araujo

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

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

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


Kimberly Meller

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