Heritage Chorale Leaders
Tehra Hiolski has served as accompanist for Heritage Chorale since 1990. She teaches general music in Oak Park's elementary school district and accompanies many area musicians in both recital and competition. She taught piano privately for 16 years and has also worked with the Merit music program in Chicago. A native of Oak Park, she received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in music education from VanderCook College in Chicago.
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Heritage Chorale's guest conductor for its Spring 2018 concerts is Chicago native Michael Wolniakowski. Mr Wolniakowski is a conductor, composer, editor, and founder of themwgroup, a non-profit, global creative-catalyst agency. His vision is a magnet for organizations and individuals attracting a diverse, like-minded consortium that challenges many brands in the professional music area.
He currently lives as a full-time composer and vocal coach, and is General Editor for Tempo 1˚ Press. In 2016, he was named Composer-in-Residence for the Oak Park Concert Chorale (Oak Park, IL) and in early 2017, he was named Composer-in-Residence for the music department at Kansas City Lutheran High School (Kansas City, MO).
Michael studied music education, organ, and composition at Concordia University Chicago and published his first work while still an undergraduate. He studied organ with Steven Wente and service-playing and improvisation with Paul Manz; he also has the distinction of being Manz's final pupil. His graduate work in choral conducting and composition was completed at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and his post-graduate work in composition and creative orchestral transcription was completed at the Royal College of Music in London.
For more information, including Mr. Wolniakowski's current compositional projects, visit www.michaelwolniakowski.com.
Heritage Chorale Board of Directors
Mary Rogan, President
Larry Ritsert, Vice President
Barbara Hofmaier, Secretary
Beth Zeiter, Treasurer