Meet our Director, Vincent Halkey

A music educator for over 18 years, Vincent Halkey has conducted choral groups of all ages. His vocal performance career began at Lamphere High School in Madison Heights, where he was born and raised. His talent as a tenor led him to Central Michigan University, where he earned a Bachelor in Vocal Performance with a minor in Theater. Vincent was awarded a Graduate Assistant ship to The University of Akron and received his Master of Music in Vocal Performance. Vincent has been privileged to perform with choirs at prestigious venues, including E.J. Thomas Hall and Carnegie Hall, and has performed in classic operas, such as Tosca, The Mikado, and Cosi Fan Tutte. Once Vincent learned there was a place in his hometown community, where choral music lovers came together…he was hooked!

He has been involved with the Madison Chorale as a tenor, guest performer, and instrumental accompanist since 2004. Vincent teaches K-5 music at University Prep Academy - Mark Murray Campus in Midtown, Detroit., where he is passionate about keeping music and the performing arts as essentials in educating young people.

Along with a Master of Education degree from Marygrove College, he has completed a Master of Arts in School Principalship in his pursuit of educational leadership.

Vincent resides in Hazel Park with his wife Tina, and their five sons.

Our Accompanist Chancellor Wyman

Extraordinary talented as a pianist, Chancellor Wyman serves as accompanist for the Madison Chorale. His abilities are strong in the arena of piano and organ performance, voice and musical interpretation.

Chancellor brings with him many years of choral experience and possesses a strong proficiency in the interpretation of music. As well, he is a successful educator in the field of choral arts with previous experience as accompanist for vocal music programs at Roseville High School and Grosse Pointe Community schools. He has served as the Vocal/Music Director for Henry Ford II High School’s musical theater productions and is the accompanist for the Birmingham Temple and Franklin Community Church.. Previous to his position as accompanist, he sang with the tenor section delivering a strong, pitch-perfect performance and served as chorale director last season.

Witty, congenial, engaging and quite musically talented, Chancellor received his B.A. in Music from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a concentration in Piano Performance. He subsequently pursued graduate studies at Wayne State University.

He lives with his wife, Amber, and three young daughters in Hazel Park, MI.

Maureen Kennedy, Director Emeritus, 1978–2013

Recently retired local resident and accomplished musician Maureen Kennedy directed the 30-member Madison Chorale with a seriousness of effort designed to mold and develop the many talented members of the group. Her ability to recognize talent and apply it suitably to enhance the group’s effort was honed and perfected after 35 years of service and commitment to the chorale.

She holds a master degree in music with concentrations in Choral Conducting and Vocal Pedagogy. Her undergraduate degree is in Music Education with a major in Voice. She knew the melody, the harmony and the sound she wanted to hear and endeavored with determination and skilled effort to build the Chorale into a strong group with exceptional performance ability. Chorale members and audience alike benefited from her effort to produce melodic perfection.