Lakeshore Chorale

Lakeshore Chorale Board of Directors

Warren Brauer, President
Danielle Lienau, Vice President
Matt Bartels, Secretary
Mary Klahn, Treasurer
Richard Daehnert
Asha Edgerle
Deb Edgerle
LeeAnne Vance
Amy Wilsnack
Joel Zimmerman (LYC Rep)
Lydia Zimmerman
Neil Bubke (ex officio )
Heather Hammond (ex officio)
Carrie Zempel (ex officio)



Lakeshore Chorale Staff

Neil Bubke, Lakeshore Chorale Music Director/Conductor
Heather Hammond, Lakeshore Youth Chorale Conductor
Linda Ruona, Lakeshore Youth Chorale Lyric & Jubilate Choir Accompanist
Emile Blasczyk, Lakeshore Youth Chorale Chamber Choir Accompanist
Carrie Zempel, Youth Chorale Business Coordinator
Mary Klahn, Lakeshore Chorale Treasurer


Neil Bubke is the fifth music director in the history of the Lakeshore Chorale. Prior to moving to Milwaukee in 2006, he received his bachelor's degree in music from the University of Northern Iowa and a master's degree in choral conducting from the University of Iowa, where he also earned his law degree.

Neil has served as a church musician for twenty years. He is currently the director of Music and Fine Arts at the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, where he directs seven choirs and oversees four other ensembles. He also conducts pit orchestras for Dominican High School and the Whitefish Bay Players Community Theater.

As a pianist, Neil accompanied the Milwaukee Choral Artists, a professional, all-paid women’s chorus directed by Dr. Sharon Hanson. He also served as a rehearsal pianist for the East Side Chamber Players, a group of young professional musicians from the Milwaukee area who perform concerts of chamber works throughout the Midwest. Neil enjoys accompanying student recitals at UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts as well.

In his free time, Neil enjoys training for triathlons and playing with his cockapoo, Mae Mobley.


Heather Hammond received her Bachelor of Arts from Carthage College and her Master of Music Education in choral conducting and literature from UW-Milwaukee.

As a performer, Heather has been seen on stage in the JMKAC’s production of Cinderella, in Swingtime Canteen for the Broadway Baby Dinner Theater, and has been featured in a number of shows with Spotlight Productions of West Bend dinner theater. She continues to present recitals, to further her education through workshops, and is active in a variety of musical organizations both as a participant and guest clinician.

Heather has been a music teacher at Barton Elementary and Badger Middle School in West Bend, and was employed as an adjunct voice instructor at Lakeland College. She currently teaches elementary music in the Cedar Grove-Belgium school disctrict. She has been a singing member of the Lakeshore Chorale for the past fifteen years and serves in the music ministry at First United Lutheran Church in Sheboygan. Heather is also a member of the faculty of Lakeland College as an adjunct general music specialist.

She is delighted and honored to begin her thirteenth year as the Lakeshore Youth Chorale Conductor.



Linda Ruona teaches choral and general music at Cedar Grove-Belgium Middle School and High School, having previously taught music in the Appleton public schools. Linda earned her bachelor's degree in music education from UW Oshkosh in 2003 and her master's degree in music with a Kodaly emphasis from Silver Lake College in 2010. Linda's connection to Lakeshore Chorale dates back to her involvement as a singer in the first season of Lakeshore Youth Chorale in 1992.




Emile Blasczyk always had a love for music. Whether singing, ballet or tap dancing, she was happiest when engaged in any sort of musical performance. At age 8, after several years of persuading her parents to let her take piano lessons, her love for piano and piano performance began. Emile quickly learned from many local teachers, but at age 11 she began taking lessons from Dr. Arthur Johnson at Lakeland College. 
She further developed her abilities in piano performance accomplishing winner of the Badger State Piano Competition at age 13. Shortly after she began accompanying students for local high school solo ensembles, eventually accompanying local high school choirs for their winter and spring concerts.
Emile’s accomplishments include winner of the Michibago Composition Competition, winner of the 2014 “Who’s Got Talent” competition, runner up in the Fox Valley Symphony’s 2013 Youth Soloist Competition, two time finalist of the Youth Chopin Competition along with many other awards. Emile was also a recipient of the Kohler Foundation Ruth De Young Scholarship for Artistic Excellence.
As a composer/writer, Emile started a piano trio by the name of Vicellno in 2013. She enjoyed writing original music for the group as well as arranging music for the trio.
Emile is currently working toward a Graphic Arts and Web Design Degree from Lakeshore Technical College. She is also the Accompanist for the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra’s Chorus. In her spare time she can be found behind the camera taking pictures for her photography business.