WHAT WE DO
The Collegium Ladyes ensemble is comprised of approximately 16 singers and sings a wide variety of repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to traditional carols. Many of the Ladyes are professional soloists, music teachers, or choral musicians; all are experienced choral singers. We share a love of a cappella vocal music and are especially fascinated by medieval and Renaissance repertoire. The Ladyes rehearse and perform in an encouraging, respectful, and creative environment, and actively share our music with a wide audience in diverse venues.
The Collegium Ladyes began in early 2011 in collaboration with the student Collegium at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. We have since branched out on our own as an all-women's early music vocal ensemble. Concerts have included music from this early repertoire (c. 1100-1600) as well as selections by contemporary composers such as Joan Szymko, Abbie Betinis, Linda Kachelmeier, John Tavener, and Daniel Pinkham. The Ladyes sing programs at a variety of Milwaukee-area venues. Our CD Knowing She Hath Wings was recorded in 2017.
HOW IS OUR NAME PRONOUNCED?
The Collegium Ladyes is a women's a cappella ensemble based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our mission is to perform choral music in a broad spectrum of styles, ranging from medieval to contemporary. We reach out to a wide audience in diverse venues, conveying themes of beauty, peace, and unity through rich and expressive singing. We are dedicated to developing each singer's vocal and musical skills and studying relevant contextual and historical materials.
JENNY GETTEL, Artistic Director
Jenny Gettel is Artistic Director for The Collegium Ladyes. She has served as music director at Christ Episcopal Church and at St. Boniface Episcopal Church, where she directed adult and children’s choirs and led a contemporary band. Additionally, she directed the Jubilate Choir of the Milwaukee Children’s Choir. Ms. Gettel has served as soprano soloist with the Bach Babes and Ensemble Musical Offering. She has appeared as soloist at the Washington Island Music Festival, with the Prometheus Trio, Present Music, and with Skylight Opera. Ms. Gettel teaches private voice lessons at Concordia University, at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and at her home in Grafton, and has also taught at UWM and Alverno College, as well as taught general music in Milwaukee area public schools. She holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and a Bachelor of Music in Choral Education from Lawrence University.
Julie Gaulke is a composer, arranger, pianist, and vocalist. She earned her degree in Music Theory/Composition from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in 1988, and has gone on to work as a private piano instructor, organist, and choir director, as well as an editor and writer for Plank Road Publishing (MusicK8 Magazine). Currently she is self-employed recording learning tracks packages, writing and arranging a cappella music, and creating multitrack videos on her YouTube Channel.
Sarah joins the Collegium Ladyes as a singer, percussionist, and web designer. She has been surrounded by music her whole life and has enjoyed singing, playing, musical study, and performing throughout. As a social justice organizer, Sarah is passionate about the power of music to bring people together in community.
It is a joy to sing with the talented singers of the Collegium Ladyes. My choral experiences started at an early age and have been an important part of my musical education and experiences. As a general music teacher and conductor of three elementary school choirs I enjoy spreading my love of singing to children.
Jennifer Jakubowski holds a degree in exercise science from Carroll University and is a licensed massage therapist and therapeutic bodyworker. Jennifer's love for early music has led her to perform with numerous groups in the Milwaukee area including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus, The Master Singers, Music by the Lake Singers, St. Johns Cathedral Choir, Milwaukee Opera Theater, and Aperi Animam. For the past seven years, she has attended the Madison Early Music Festival, gaining experience and knowledge in early music from across the world.
When not singing with the Collegium Ladyes, Mitzi has a career of working behind the scenes at education non-profits running team-wide operations and HR, development strategy, finance/accounting, and day-to-day management of a board of directors. She works full-time for The Drexel Fund (venture philanthropy for private schools serving low-income students), consults with area organizations through her non-profit operations LLC - Even Keel MKE, and is working to develop a new dating app. She has called Milwaukee home for ten years and lives in Bay View, where she loves walking her dog through Humboldt Park and hosting an annual Oktoberfest in her backyard!
Sarah Knox is a Professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at Marquette University. She earned her doctoral degree at the University of Maryland, and completed prior degrees at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia. She grew up in a home filled with classical music, and especially loves choral music. Sarah has been a Ladye since the group’s inception, and she also sings in an Episcopal church choir. In her free time, she is an avid exerciser, reader, and traveler.
Jennifer Kozelou holds degrees in Music History and Literature and Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She is currently working as a public librarian and has been performing with the Collegium Ladyes since 2017.
Elizabeth Pierson grew up in a musical household and has enjoyed singing in choirs since high school. A public interest attorney working in Milwaukee, she treasures the spaces the Ladyes create for beauty and community. She lives in Bay View with her perfect dog, who usually falls asleep while she practices.
CANDICE TRUESDELL NOKES
Elizabeth (Libby) earned degrees in voice from UW Eau Claire and Ohio State University. She is most happy these days singing beautiful choral music with Christ Church choir in Whitefish Bay and with the Collegium Ladyes. Libby is a retired teacher from Milwaukee Public Schools and stays busy studying music and Alexander technique, as well as doing odd jobs for friends and family.