The Chorus



The Chordsmen Chorus has a long history of music Western Wisconsin and the Midwest. In 1947, founders of the chapter and chorus were men who liked to sing. To this day, the Chordsmen like to sing. It’s our hobby. It’s our passion, it’s fun!

The chorus participates in two contests each year and has performed twice in national contests in Columbus, Ohio. The chorus is a frequent winner of regional contests and our quartets have won numerous contests.

The chorus rehearses for two hours each Tuesday night and during the year will average twelve to fourteen performances.

The chapter provides uniforms, music, contest registration fees, and transportation costs to major events.

Meet the Directors

 Brian Berg

Brian has assisted with chorus directing duties for over 10 years. He has been involved in teaching and interpreting music during rehearsals. He has directed performances in concerts and special occasions.  When he is not directing, he sings lead in the chorus and has been a member of several quartets during his tenure with the chorus.

He has been a member of the Chapter for 17 years.  He has been a member of the Chapter Board.

Brian lives in Bangor, Wisconsin and the owner and head chef of the Village Inn in Bangor. 

Eric Sorenson

Director Eric Sorenson brings to the Chordsmen Chorus 30 years experience of teaching and directing musical ensembles.  With a music degree from UW-Eau Claire and a MA from Winona State, Eric has held a vocal music position in the West Salem School District.  He was the vocal music director at Lincoln Middle School in the La Crosse District from 1986-2006.  Since 1980 he has been a solo and choir adjudicator for public school events.

Eric lives in Onalaska and in retirement continues to direct a church choir, work as a substitute music teacher and assist with a variety of musical events in the community. In addition to directing the chorus, Eric is forming a quartet to continue his barbershop music experience.

The Coulee Chordsmen

Mick Schwedler, Director Emeritus

Mick has been a member of the Barbershop Society for 29 years. He served as the Director of the Coulee Chordsmen from 1983 until 1992. During that time, the chorus was ranked in the top five of the 54 choruses in the Land of Lakes District. For several years, in the late 90’s, he sang in a quartet with his oldest son, Ben.

He continues to participate in chorus activities when he is not travelling for the Trane Company.