Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced today Eva Thelen-Dunphy is the new artistic director for THELMA’s resident ensemble – the Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale.
Thelen-Dunphy is a Fond du Lac native, a soprano, violinist, and choral conductor with a passion for promoting the arts in our community.
“We are thrilled to add Eva to the team at THELMA,” said Jacqui Corsi, THELMA’s Executive Director. “Her passion for the arts is matched only by her tremendous talent. We look forward to seeing what she will bring to our amazing Children’s Chorale.”
Thelen-Dunphy replaces David Hein, who was the chorale director for 11 years. Hein decided to step down when the Chorale went on hiatus due to COVID-19.
Eva started her career with violin lessons at age 5. In middle school, as the result of encouragement from her choir director, Eva found her voice and pursued her education in vocal performance and choral conducting. She holds a degree in Music from Marian University, having studied under the direction of David Hein.
Eva serves as choir director for Holy Family Parish in Fond du Lac and is a regularly featured soloist for the Lighthouse Big Band, the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band, and the nationally televised Heart of the Nation Masses. She also serves as lead singer of “Eva and the Swizzle Sticks”, a Jazz combo that performs regularly at THELMA.
She has also served for several years as assistant director and costumer for the “On Stage @ THELMA” children’s theatrical summer camp.
Eva is a member of the board of directors for the Fond du Lac Community Theater, where she can regularly be seen on stage, in the pit orchestra, or behind the scenes directing children’s theater.
Eva lives in Fond du Lac with her musically gifted husband Michael, son Arthur, and Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Nigel.
The Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale is a community children’s chorus comprised of fourth through eighth grade students, from Fond du Lac and the surrounding communities, interested in performing and studying high-quality choral music. Rehearsals for the chorale may start again in the summer 2021.