First Congregational Church (Oshkosh, WI) Music History
(last updated .11-22-2015)
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This page is a complete list of all known Choir Directors, Organists and
other Music Staff since the
First Congregational Church
of Oshkosh, Wisconsin was founded in 1849. This page is the result of my
Personal Research since 2003.
"Music is at the center of our worship..."
[p. ?] = the page numbers refer to the information
contained in the published Church history:
"Independent of Mind, Open of Heart:
150 Years of Ministry - 1849-1999" [Archive]
/ Junior Choirs
/ Handbell Choir
There used to be an old uncredited version of this page installed by the
FCC Music History [Archive].
- Chancel Choir Directors:
Chancel Choir Members
- ? - (1849-1929)
The book does not explain what "full" in "first full adult choir" in
the following entry means. There may have been other "not-full" adult
choirs in the 1849-1929 period, but there seems to be no historical record
of them or other possible previous Choir Directors.
- Marie Woodward Steves (1930-mid-1930's)
- "first full adult choir"
- Marjorie Nuss (mid-1930's-1939)
- "after Mrs. Steves passed away"
- Mrs. Lawrence C. Thomas (1939-1940)
- Paul Grosh (1940-1943)
Fred Leist (1943-1944)
John A. Breese (1944-1945)
- Imogene Schreiber (1946)
John "Jesse" A. Breese (1947-1949)
Mrs. Kendrick "Ilo" Strong (1949-1950]
- Donald McNew (1950-1951)
- C. Walter Bronson (1952-1954)
- Frederick Peabody (1954-1959)
- Wayne Jipson (1959-1960)
Stanley S. Linton (1961-1975)
John M. Minniear (1975?-1976?)
Harold B. Porter (1976?-7/1984)
Joanne Hess (9/1984 - 1990)
Joanne Peterson (1990 - date)
- Junior Choir Directors:
- ? - (1849-19??)
- Harold Chamberlin of Ripon (19??-19??) - "girl's choir"
- Marjorie Nuss (19??-19??) - "youth choir"
William Fuller (1960-1968) - "Junior Choir"
Ellinor Porter (1968-1997)
[picture on unnumbered page following p. 157]
The Junior Choir was renamed to the Crusader Choir, and a new
Carol Choir was formed for the younger children.
- Lori Kubasta (1997-2001) Carol Choir renamed to Angel Choir
- Jeff Dyer (1997-2001) Crusader Choir renamed to Jubilee Singers
Robin Oxley (199?-19??)
- Handbell Choir Directors:
Handbell Choir Members
- Ken Snart (1999-2007)
The Handbells arrived on 10-21-1999. The first appearance of the
Handbell Choir in a service was on 11-07-1999 or 11-14-1999.
Cara Davis (2008)
- Patrick Meyer (1/21/2009-date)
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Please send additions and/or corrections to Doug Henkle:
P.O. Box 331, Ripon, WI 54971-0331
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