About

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

Executive Director

Kimberly Meller

Office Manager

Tanya Andrews Cudworth

Orchestra Manager

Heather Guadagnino

Director of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra

Ernesto Estigarribia

Director of Sheboygan Symphony Youth Orchestra

Molly Lieberman

Director of Sheboygan Symphony Chorus​

Wilhelmina Nelmes Vogtle

Executive Committee

Celeste is a marketing professional at Kohler Company. Originally from the East Coast, she and her husband Matt have made their home in Sheboygan Falls for the last 11 years. Celeste has a lifelong love of symphonic music. During her formative years, her family regularly attended the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Shaw. Outside of music, she is an ardent traveler. She also enjoys spending time riding and training her horse, Haddy. Celeste currently serves as the Board’s President.
Board of Directors President

Celeste Pauli

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.
Vice President and Chair, Marketing Committee

Anne Smith

Past president

Kathie Norman

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

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.
head of education committee

David Hein

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

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

Joe Milicia

Stephanie has been a member of Sheboygan Symphony Chorus for many years and has served as chorus representative for 2 years. After a brief break and singing with the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, she is excited to be back with the SSC! Stephanie studied opera performance at UW-Eau Claire and is also the branch manager for BMO Harris Bank in Port Washington.
Sheboygan Symphony Chorus Representative

Stephanie Weeden

Sheboygan Symphony Youth Orchestra Representative

Rachel Montes

Board Members

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.
Chair, Governance Committee

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.
Chair, Artistic Committee

Damon Wenig

Evan is the Director of Bands at Lakeland University and also serves as director of the annual Lakeland Music Camp. He plays French Horn with the North Point Brass Quintet and also performs regularly with the SSO, Plymouth Municipal Band and other local groups. Evan lives in Howards Grove with his wife, Hannah, and their three children.

Evan Chancellor

Kent is a Sheboygan County Circuit Court Judge. He was born and raised in Sheboygan County and played bass trombone in the SSO during his high school years. He has a lifelong love of classical music and is excited to give back to the SSO. Kent has experience serving on a variety of non-profit boards. He is an alumni of The Kids From Wisconsin and currently serves on their board of directors and executive committee.

Kent Hoffmann

Steve is the president and co-owner of Jifram Extrusions, Inc. located in Sheboygan Falls. Steve played clarinet in the Whirl Band (now the Sheboygan POPS band) and his musical tastes are eclectic. His interests are traveling, sports, enjoying great food and wine along with spending time with family and friends at their lake home. Steven and his wife Claudia have a son and daughter.

Steven Fischer

Michael has lived in Sheboygan for 12 years. He is employed by the Kohler company as a Senior Staff Quality Engineer.

Michael Brooks

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