Location: Wisconsin, USA
Herb Berendsen is in his 29th year of teaching vocal music, and 14th year at Oshkosh West High School. He previously taught in Ripon, Neenah, and South Dakota. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wheaton College and his Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, with an emphasis in vocal pedagogy. Herb is the chairman of the Next Direction Conference, a weekend for students wanting to explore a career in vocal music. He also runs a private voice studio out of his home.
Herb is an active accompanist, singer, clinician, keyboard player, and worship leader. He has sung with the Oshkosh Chamber Singers for 2 years. This fall began directing the McDowell Male Chorus in Appleton, he is only the 5th director in the 78 year history of this ensemble!
Above all, Herb enjoys his family. He has been married to Madeline for 24 years and has 3 children, Anna (who just got married!), William (a Music Ed. Major at UWEC), and Madeline Mary (14 going on 25).