CORY SCHNEIDER has been the Artistic Director of the South Shore Chorale since the fall of 2005. He has been a choir director at Fond du Lac High School since 2001 where he directs Concert Choir, Varsity Treble Choir, Varsity Men's Choir, and the co-curricular Cardinal Singers. In addition, he directs the annual fall Broadway musical. Previous to his tenure at Fond du Lac High School, he taught choral and general music at Sabish Junior High School in Fond du Lac and Fox River Middle School in Waterford.
Cory received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from Carroll College and his Master Degree in Music Education; Choral Conducting Emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association of Music Education, Wisconsin Choral Directors and Chorus America. In 2011, he was slected as an Excellence in Education award recipient by the Fond du Lac School District as was a finalist for the Kohl Fellowship in Education in 2012.
Under his baton, the Chorale has performed Mozart's Requiem, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Britten's Ceremony of Carols, Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's Mass in C Major, Thompson's Frostiana, Bach's Cantata BMV 140, Barnett's The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, Mozart's Coronation Mass, Beethoven's A Choral Fantasy and Brahm's Liebeslieder Waltzes.
Choirs under Cory's direction have sung on district, state and national choral festivals including the Wisconsin Choral Directors Convention, Wisconsin School Music Association Convention, Heritage National Music Festival and Festivals of Music. He has led choirs on domestic performances tours to California, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis and internationally to the United Kingdom. He has sung with the Heartland Singers, Milwaukee Choral Artists, Waukesha Choral Union, Jubilate Chorale (Waukesha) and the Fond du Lac Oratorio Chorus. He has served on the board of directors of the Fond du Lac Concert Association and the Fond du Lac Summer Music Festival. Cory resides in Fond du Lac with his wife Julie and two sons, Colin and Ryan.
Nancy is an accompanist for the Fond du Lac High School Choir Program. When she isn’t busy with the Fondy Choirs or SSC Nancy enjoys cheering on the Brewers and Badgers. Nancy enjoys anything having to do with theatre and loves to travel. To say Nancy has a passion for piano is an understatement. In addition to all she does for Fond du Lac High School Nancy has played the piano at Community Church for over 30 years! Nancy is married to Pat and has three daughters, Ally (married to Kyle), Abby, and Kate (married to Dallas) and two grandchildren, Norah and Logan.
Patricia received her K-12 Bachelor of Music Education Degree from UW-Oshkosh with an emphasis on piano and voice. She also studied organ with Joanne Peterson privately and at UW-Oshkosh. She studied piano with James Kohn and voice with Suzanna Roy. At the request of Ms. Roy to accompany one of her student's junior recitals, Pat's career as an accompanist began by accompanying 20 UW-Oshkosh Junior/Senior Recitals. She began teaching at the public school in Green Lake with elementary students for 6 1/2 years. She then started a job at North Fond du Lac Public Schools to teach vocal music students in grades 6-12 for 27 years. In 2011, she retired after 33 1/2 years of teaching.
Since 2011, Pat has been the accompanist for the Fond du Lac Children's Chorale and started accompanying the South Shore Chorale in 2008. Pat continues her busy life as a church organist, vocalist and pianist.