The Oconomowoc Community Choir (OCC) announces that Oconomowoc native Bill Frederick has been appointed Director of the Choir. He will succeed Sherman Leatherberry who retired from the position after two decades of service following the Spring 2014 concert season.
Frederick is a Pastoral Associate at St. Catherine of Alexandria, Oconomowoc and at St. Joan of Arc, Nashotah. He is also Youth Minister at St. Catherine’s. He has worked professionally in church ministry for the past 30 years in a full time capacity.
A 1984 graduate of Oconomowoc High School, Frederick earned a BA in Music Vocal Performance from UW-Platteville. He is active as an organist and pianist and has played pipe organs all over the United States and in Italy.
Frederick has traveled extensively through Europe and North America with choirs that he has directed and sung with, including a concert for Pope John Paul II. He has also studied locally with Chris Finkelmeyer, Theresa Newman and Pam Piper.
“I am so pleased to be the new Director of the Oconomowoc Community Choir,” Frederick stated, “it is an honor to work with a wonderful group of musicians who represent this beautiful, historic city we call home.”
Of this appointment, Nashotah resident and OCC Board President Liz Bednar comments, “We are thrilled that Bill Frederick has been selected as the next OCC director. Bill has shown excellent rapport and enthusiasm with OCC members and is highly credentialed in the music field. We look forward to his tenure with us.”
Frederick will begin his new role immediately with the OCC. He will be responsible for various choral activities including concert planning and music selection. He will prepare the Choir for a Spring performance at St. Catherine of Alexandria.
Rehearsals for the Spring program will be held Monday evenings at 7 pm beginning February 9 at First Congregational Church in Oconomowoc. For more information, visit the OCC web site at oconomowoccommunitychoir.com.