Jillian Bruss, Carol Thiel and Anne Van Duesen
Jillian has performed both here and abroad in concert, opera and oratorio. Locally, she has performed with the many groups including the Florentine Opera, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Milwaukee Choral Artists, MYSO, Waukesha Choral Union, and Milwaukee Chamber Choir. Jill performed a concert tour through Norway and Denmark, home of her grandfathers’, which led to a recording, Voyage. As an administrator, she has worked for MRA-The Management Assoc., Milwaukee Opera Theater and her home church, First Congregational Church in Wauwatosa. Besides private students, Jill has taught at UW-Parkside, Pius XI H.S, and now at Carroll University. Her Bachelor’s is from UW-Stevens Point and she holds a Masters degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois.
Carol has a background in classical music, specifically opera, which began in her high school days. She has sung with the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, Skylight Opera, and more recently with the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee for a number of seasons. She now sings with the Master Singers of Milwaukee. While the opportunity of singing and performing are wonderful aspects of being involved with the musical groups, it’s the valued friendships that she has had the pleasure of acquiring throughout the years that has made it most fulfilling. She has also been blessed to be able to pursue her musical delights while raising two boys and working full-time with her loving husband of 31 years, Bob.
Anne is a pianist, accompanist and music director in and around Milwaukee. She has worked with many professional and community organizations, including Skylight Music Theatre, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Florentine Opera, Milwaukee Ballet, In Tandem, Off the Wall and Waukesha Civic. Favorite projects include: Powder Her Face, Tosca, The Snow Dragon, El Cimarron, Three Postcards and Sunday in the Park with George. Upcoming projects include: School House Rock and Les Miserables. During the day, she is the Director of Liturgical Music at St. Mary Catholic Faith Community in Hales Corners. She fills her free time coaching and accompanying singers and instrumentalists of all ages.