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Associate Choral Director-Deirdre Abbott

Deirdre Abbott directs the Prairie View Middle School and Royal Oaks Elementary School orchestras in Sun Prairie, as well as directing The Singing Men. She is an accomplished pianist and organist and organist at Sun Prairie United Methodist Church. She has also filled the role of music director at First Presbyterian Church of Waunakee and often is guest pianist or organist there when she is available and needed for special occasions.

Associate Choral Director-Betsy Flanagan

Betsy Flanagan obtained her Bachelor’s in Music Education (summa cum laude), Kindergarten thru 12th Grade, from Illinois State University in 1981.  She also has a Master’s degree from Illinois State University in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance, and has completed her Doctoral coursework in Choral Conducting/Opera from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana where she was appointed an Academic Fellowship.

 As well as conducting choirs at Illinois State University and University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Betsy has acted as clinician for women’s and mixed choirs across the United States.  While on staff at Illinois State University, Betsy was the vocal musical director for Showboat where she directed William Warfield singing “Ol’ Man River.” Betsy has performed in many venues such as the Peoria Civic Opera and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival Singers, and was the Music Director of the St. Louis Theatre Group.  

 Betsy is currently the director of Musical Pathways, offering Kindermusik classes for families with children ages Newborn – 7, Elite Artistry private lessons for ages 8 – adult, and Parenting Consulting services.  She is one of 5 educators worldwide who are members of Kindermusik International’s Speakers Bureau, travelling internationally to help teach early-childhood educators.  She feels very blessed to be the Adult Choir director at First Presbyterian church, and she and Larry enjoy being a part of the First Presbyterian Church family along with their son Matthew, his wife Melissa, and their two grandchildren Sami and Drew.  

She presently also functions as choir director for the Waunakee Touring Choir that will tour Germany June 13th to 26th, 2013,starting their tour with a concert at the Cathedral at Cologne and ending with a concert at the chapel in Salzburg, Austria where the Sound of Music was filmed. Their previous overseas tour was to Ireland 4 years ago.

Associate Choral Director-Robin Steinweg

Robin Steinweg has directed adult, children’s and teen choirs in local churches and in the homeschool community for thirty-five years. She teaches students of all ages in her private music studio. She’s a worship leader, composer and arranger, and a writer. Robin has attended classes with John F. Wilson of Hope Publishing, composer Bob Burroughs, and Ronald Denison of Moody Bible Institute. She studied voice under Rolliana Scheckler of Madison, Wisconsin. Robin has been an adjudicator of music competitions for various organizations for thirty years.

Robin began entertaining professionally as a child, and continued as an adult. She took parts in musical theater productions (on stage and in the orchestra), did a single and a duo in supper clubs, soloed with various big bands, and fronted a family dance band. She sang with the twelve-member Holiday Chorale and for nearly twenty years sang with, accompanied and arranged for The Fourth Part vocal trio.

Robin is blessed with two church families presently: she directs the Chancel Choir at Concordia UMC in Prairie du Sac, and is part of the worship team at Bethesda Christian Fellowship in Madison along with her husband and sons. She directs The Singing Men as needed.  

Associate Choral Director-Liz Weller

Liz has been singing since the age of 3 when she first learned “Jesus Loves Me” at vacation bible school at a church in Ridgewood, New Jersey.  Her life-long love of music has given her much joy throughout the years, singing in high school, college, and church choirs.  For six years she directed the Primary Singers at Lake Edge United Church of Christ in Madison, WI.  Presently she directs the Men’s Choir at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) in Waunakee, WI, as well as The Singing Men as needed.

Liz has been a Special Education Teacher for over thirty years.  She received a Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Masters’ degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater both in the area of Special Education.  She is currently a Special Education Teacher at La Follette High School in Madison, WI. 

 Liz and her family have enjoyed many wonderful spiritual/music experiences at FPC.  She sings in the Adult Choir, plays with and is the music librarian for Joyful Noise (Instrumental Ensemble) and has served as a Deacon.  She has been blessed to perform with her family band - husband Mark (vocals & guitar), son Ian (bass guitar) and son Garrett (drums).   She is grateful for all of the music that has both touched and enriched her life.

Accompanist-Ryan Senger

Associate Accompanist-Shelly Pare

Associate Accompanist-Rhea Lind

Associate Accompanist-Cindy Sandberg

Associate Accompanist-Kara Lauher