“After an extensive search, and with unanimous consent, we have found the perfect person to fill this critical position with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra,” said David Carter, MCO board president. “Jim brings a unique background of service to the community and a passion for the arts as we strive to grow artistically and move forward in these challenging economic times.”
“I’m really looking forward to guiding the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, with its unique, intimate performance style, to the prominent position it deserves in southeastern Wisconsin,” said LaBelle, well known Milwaukee radio personality, who also has an extensive arts performance history, as well as a related educational background.
“Both the board and the musicians are excited by the enthusiasm and creativity that Jim will bring to the job, not just with an eye to marketing, but also with a performer’s perspective,”
Jim LaBelle, often known as “Lips” LaBelle during his 26 years at WKTI radio, has been a performer with the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, Chamber Singers, Master Singers, and First Congregational Church Choir in Wauwatosa. He currently sings with Midwest Vocal Express male a cappella chorus, for which he has led the marketing, public relations, and development efforts for the last eight years. LaBelle also is a marketing advisor to the Milwaukee Choral Artists.
LaBelle’s education is in the arts, with BAs in Fine Arts Management and Vocal Music Performance from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. Jim and his wife Charmaine live in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, where she is an elementary music specialist.
The Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the only professional chamber orchestra in the Greater Milwaukee Area, has been performing the highest quality chamber music for over 30 years. The MCO provides a unique experience for audience members as well as important performance opportunities to professional musicians in the areas, many of whom play with the Milwaukee Symphony and are in demand around the world. For more information, visit http://www.theMCO.org
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The Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the only professional chamber orchestra in the Greater Milwaukee Area, provides a unique, intimate musical experience for its audience. Director Richard Hynson continues a 30 year tradition. http://www.theMCO.org