Founded fifty-four (54) years ago by David Wikman, who directed the group for fifty-two (52) of those years, the Muskegon Chamber Choir is reorganizing and making plans for the future. With support from the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, the group has engaged new directors.
Mr. Wikman retired as director in 2016. The Board of Directors recently gave directorial responsibilities over to two veteran musicians who will serve as co-directors. Jim Hylen is a graduate of Muskegon High School and studied at Olivet College with post graduate work at MSU. Mr. Hylen also attended the Rene’ Clausen Choral School. He taught choir at Charlotte High School for 35 years and directed many church choirs. Mr. Hylen will share responsibilities with Bradley Taylor, also a product of Muskegon Public Schools. Mr. Taylor has a BA in Vocal Music Education from WMU. He taught vocal and instrumental music for 25 years at Muskegon Public Schools. He has held several church choir directorships including Spring Lake Presbyterian and First Congregational Church in Muskegon. Both men are veteran tenors with the Muskegon Chamber Choir and consider Mr. Wikman a mentor.