Marge Shenk, alto
Marge attributes her love of choral music in part to the rich aural experience of being surrounded for the first several decades of her life by her people singing as a part of daily life. A cappella singing, often four-part, is her family network’s custom at family gatherings, church, high school and college chapel services, while doing chores.
It was a cultural shock for her to discover, upon arriving at Mass with her second-grade class in her first Chicago teaching position, that her assumption that almost all men, women, and children matter-of-factly could and would sing, together and often, was false. Within a short time she shifted her focus from teacher of grade school to teacher of music, going on to teach general music with an Orff approach to grade-school students for 15 years in Chicago-area public and private schools, in summer arts camps, and at her children’s preschool. She has sung with others since childhood across the spectrum of informal and formally organized groups.
Marge has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a minor in Music from Goshen College in Goshen, IN. She received Orff-Schulwerk certification from DePaul University under the tutelage of Lillian Yaross and Brigitte Warner, and is endorsed in teaching English as a Second Language. While teaching she was a member of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and served on the Board of its Greater Chicago chapter or a number of years.
Marge has been a member of Chicago Choral Artists since 2007 and joined the Board of Directors in 2013. She lives in Evanston, IL, with her husband, two sons, and their pets.