Wilhelmina Nelmes Vogtle, a veteran conductor, singer and educator, has been named the Director of the Sheboygan Symphony Chorus.
A Toronto native, Vogtle is an honors graduate of the University of Western Ontario, with degrees in choral and orchestral conducting, education and marine biology. She was a University Gold Medalist and a recipient of the Albert Whitlow Choral Award.
Her major teachers include Deral Johnson (choral conducting), J. Paul Green (orchestral conducting), Joel Katz (voice), Shari Lundy (violin), Ralph Aldrich (viola) and Malcom Tait (cello).
During her multi-year tenure as Conductor of the University of Western Ontario Choir, the choir distinguished itself in competition, being praised for its “remarkable blend,” “beautiful phrasing” and “electrifying performance(s)”. Vogtle is also a former Apprentice Conductor of the world-renowned Toronto Children’s Chorus.
Vogtle pursued professional voice study at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and has appeared with the Toronto Operetta Theatre, Opera in Concert and Summer Opera Lyric Theatre. Equally at home on the concert stage, she has performed as a soloist in oratorios, concerts and recitals in Canada, England and Wales.
A passionate educator, Vogtle has led elementary and high school choral and instrumental music programs and adjudicated Kiwanis Music Festivals in Ontario and Newfoundland. She is a member of Choirs Ontario, Choral Canada and the American Choral Directors Association and a former Director of the Ontario Music Educators Association.
In 2018, Vogtle studied at the Choral Conducting and Choral Pedagogy Institutes at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, and this summer she was accepted to the Choral Institute at Oxford University as a Full Conductor.