Musicorum Board of Directors
President - Leah Renne
Vice President - Sara Buechmann
Treasurer - Don McGinness
Secretary - Jill Contreras
Musicorum was founded in 1995. Dr. David Taylor founded the group and served as Musicorum's first music director, from 1995 to 1999. Musicorum became well known for its December performances of holiday choral music in Mankato's Good Counsel Chapel.
From 2000 to 2007, Dr. Gregory Aune (Director of The Gustavus Choir) served as Musicorum's second music director. Dr. David Dickau of Minnesota State University-Mankato was director from 2007 until 2009. The ensemble in 2009 was directed by Andrew Miller, an accomplished arranger and conductor. From 2010 to 2014, Musicorum was directed by Dr. Karen Boubel, Professor of Music at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Dr. Brandon Dean continued a strong legacy of musical and artistic leadership from 2014-2022. He is the Gustavus Choir director and teaches choral literature, music theory and music history at Gustavus Adolphus College in St Peter, MN.
Today the ensemble has about 30 singers. The group performs many outstanding choral works that bridge centuries of composition. Musicorum holds its winter concerts each December, with spring performances in April. Musicorum enters this season committed to the mission that animated its founding: to bring outstanding performances of high-quality music to Southern Minnesota audiences.
Musical and Artistic Director
Meet our Director!
Elisabeth Cherland is a fourth-generation choral conductor as well as professor, singer, song leader, violinist, and church musician. As Director of Choral Activities at Minnesota State University, Mankato, she teaches courses in choral methods, conducting, private voice, and conducts the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Prior to her appointment at MSU she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.
Dr. Cherland earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington, a Master of Music Education with Certification degree from VanderCook College of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music and English from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. She is a frequent adjudicator and clinician and she’s thrilled to be conducting Musicorum.
She lives with her partner Kent and their two sons, Elijah and Leif, in St. Peter, MN. She loves storytelling and story-hearing, doughnuts, bubble tea, knitting, walking outside, and sunshine when it’s available.
Dr. David Fienen is Emeritus Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. He retired in 2011 after 38 years as Cantor at Christ Chapel and Professor of Music. Most recently, he served for two years as Provost and Dean of the College, having previously been Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs (2000-2001), Associate Dean of the College from (1993-1996), and Director of General Education ( 2002- 2007). He also served the College as Chair of the Faculty Senate as well as chair or member of several other standing committees of the faculty.
Dr Fienen holds degrees from B.Mus. Indiana University; M.A.Rel. Concordia Seminary (St. Louis); D.M.A. University of Minnesota. This is Dr. Fienen's second time with Musicorum. He served as associate conductor in the fall of 1999 and was accompanist for several years after.