About Us

Conductor: Mark Lehnowsky

Mark Lehnowsky has had extensive experience with choral groups. While working on a masters degree in choral conducting here in Madison (expected in spring 2017), he’s had various roles with UW groups including the University Chorus, Choral Union, Women’s Chorus, and Masters Singers. He also leads a church choir in Sun Prairie. He has a bachelor of music in music composition from Penn State. He had a very lively undergraduate life with choruses and small ensembles, including a focus on spirituals and gospel music with a well-known specialist in that area.

Accompanist: Yana Avedyan

Yana is originally from Kharkiv, Ukraine, where she studied with Tatiana Glazirina majoring in piano performance. She began her studies with Karen Becker at SUNY Plattsburgh in 2007 and has participated in master classes with Evgenia Tzarov and Helen Huang. In the spring of 2011 Yana made her debut as soloist with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488.

She completed her Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Music and Accounting in May 2012, when she graduated summa cum laude. In the Spring of 2014, Yana was one of the winners of the Annual Beethoven Competition. She is currently in the DMA program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she is a student of award-winning pianist Christopher Taylor.

Choir Members


Josie Annelin
Kathryn Brandner
Karlene Caston
Ariel Dickinson
Melinda Hamilton
Michelle Harrison
Deana Hipke*
Linda Keegan
Rachel Monroe
Julie Niemeyer
Emily Ostendorf
Christine Seeley
Linda Sheehy
Elizabeth Van Ness


Kari Belter
Susan Carson
Ruth Gundlach*
Dee Lawrence Hoff*
Kristi Holden
Joan Maynard
Amy Pease
Sandee Sieberlich
Deborah Thomas*
JoAnn Tiedemann


Scott Breitenbach
Finn Enke
Drew Ivarson
Dean Schroeder
John W. Webber


Noah Bossert
Peter Bradley *
Eliav Goldman
Richard Goodkin
Steve Olsen
Jake Elfneer

* Board member