Director of Choirs
The Music Director and Conductor of the chorus is Daniele Bruhn. She holds a Master of Church Music degree from Concordia University Chicago. With over 30 years experience in directing children’s choirs, Fox Valley Children’s Chorus is fulfilling a long-held dream of introducing children to fine choral music and challenging them to develop their interest in and skills for participation in the choral art.
The chorus is accompanied by Melinda Rudy. Mrs. Rudy holds a Master’s degree in piano performance from Northern Illinois University and has many years experience accompanying choirs and instrumentalists. She also maintains an active piano studio at her home.
President of the Board
Matt Kroll is the founder and president of Chalmers St. Consulting. Chalmers St.’s purpose is to deliver best-in-class business results through the growth and development of people. Matt was previously the Director of Continuous Improvement at HERE Technologies, a global corporation building the next generation location cloud. Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Northern Illinois University in 1999. In 2009, he earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the Chicago Booth School of Business. Matt serves on the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology Alumni Board and is responsible for developing and growing the college’s Lean Six Sigma Program. Matt resides in the far west suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two children. Most of his free time is spent with his family.
Susan and her husband live outside Sugar Grove and her children are both alumni of the Fox Valley Children’s Chorus.
Larry McBeath and his wife live in Batavia and his adult children are musicians, who can often be seen accompanying the Fox Valley Children’s Chorus as instrumentalists.
Aimee Dowgwillo is a FVCC parent who's three children have a combined ten years singing with the chorus. Aimee homeschools her children with a focus on art and music. She is a very active in her homeschool co-op and has had the privilege of serving on their board previously.
Bradley has grown up in the Fox Valley area. As a child he always had music be a big part of his life. After Graduating from Kaneland, he went to Millikin University to study music education. Bradley joined Fox Valley Children's Chorus with the vision and drive to improve upon our mission, "challenging minds, inspiring hearts". He is currently the 7th & 8th grade choir director at Kaneland Harter Middle School, and sings with the St. Charles Singers.
Building trust in business relationships has been inherent since birth. Julie is a product of a hardworking small business owner. Her parents owned and operated their own business for over 40 years. Julie worked in their business as soon as she was able to walk and talk. She now models her own business ethics after them in which honesty, integrity, and hard work was reinforced each day.
After a successful gamut in cooperate America, Julie left to give her more flexibility, and be a great support for her daughter. She joined a heath insurance firm and structured her business to facilitate conversations about what health insurance is and how can it help you in today’s every changing environment.
Today, she continues to have a soft spot for small business owners. She works diligently to provide them the opportunity to explore the options for a plan that makes sense for their business and employees. She uses this expertise as a member of the FVCC board, and to help promote quality music education to our community.
Wendy Rothaar has been living in Geneva for ten years with her husband and two daughters. Her oldest is looking forward to her sixth year singing with the Fox Valley Children’s Chorus! Wendy has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and works part-time as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Geneva. She also has a musical background as a singer, with previous experience studying vocal music in school and singing with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago from 2002-2009. In addition, she has enjoyed volunteer opportunities she has had within the Geneva School District and with the Geneva Academic Foundation.