ABOUT THE MUSIC DIRECTOR
About Our Director
Nancy Menk, Music Director, holds the Mary Lou and Judd Leighton Chair in Music at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. She also serves as Music Director of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus. She holds the B.S. and the M.A. degrees in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and the M.M. and the D.M.A. degrees in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her teachers have included Earl Rivers, Elmer Thomas, Helmuth Rilling, and Teri Murai.
At Saint Mary’s College, Dr. Menk serves as Music Department Chair, conducts the Women’s Choir, the Collegiate Choir, teaches Conducting, and prepares the Madrigal Singers for the annual Christmas Madrigal Dinners. Under her direction, the Women’s Choir performed at the American Choral Directors Association national convention in Los Angeles in February 2005, and has recorded four critically acclaimed compact discs on the ProOrgano label: Ave, Ave!, recorded in 1997, Amazing Day!, recorded in 2002, Anima mea!, recorded in 2004, and Across the Bar…, recorded in 2007.
Dr. Menk has been a conducting participant in the National Conductor’s Symposium with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and the Oregon Bach Festival. She is Editor of the Saint Mary’s College Choral Series, a distinctive series of select music for women’s voices published by earthsongs of Corvallis, Oregon. Along with Dr. James Laster of Shenandoah Conservatory, she has prepared an annotated bibliography of women’s choir resources, which has been published by the American Choral Foundation. Dr. Menk serves regularly as a guest conductor and choral adjudicator throughout the United States. She has conducted All-State Choirs in Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania. In August 2011, she served as guest conductor for the Hong Kong Youth Music Camp Chorus. She has conducted six Carnegie Hall concerts, including the Carnegie Hall premiere of American composer Carol Barnett’s The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass. She returned to New York City in November 2014 to conduct a concert of music by American composer Gwyneth Walker at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.
About Our Accompanist
David Eicher, Accompanist, is Staff Assistant in the Department of Music at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana and accompanist for the college choirs. He also serves as organist at Grace United Methodist Church in South Bend. Prior to his current position, David was Hymnal Editor for Presbyterian Publishing Corporation where he served as Editor for Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal published in 2013. He has been a church musician in Northwest Indiana for 30 years, Accompanist/Assistant Director of the South Bend Chamber Singers from 1990-2007, and Accompanist for the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra Chorus from 2006-2007.
David holds degrees in organ and church music from Manchester College and Valparaiso University. He is a past president of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians and The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and also holds professional memberships in the American Guild of Organists, and the Association for Reformed & Liturgical Worship.