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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.





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.




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.  

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