MEET THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Christine Flasch grew up the sixth child in an artistically inclined family of eight in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Beginning with dance lessons at 5, piano at 6, voice at 12, and organ at 13, she had logged many hours of training by the time she reached high school. While there, she taught a number of piano and voice students, and continued in the same capacity in college while pursuing a Music Education degree in Choral Music. She continued to nurture students throughout her years in graduate school as a teaching fellow in voice at Syracuse University. She sang in several professional choral groups as both a member of the ensemble and as a soloist during her student years, and received a master’s degree in vocal performance on a full scholarship.
Flasch made her operatic debut with the Syracuse Opera in her first year of grad school while concurrently serving two years as an Opera Apprentice with The Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York, then moved immediately to New York City where she made her debut with the Bronx Opera. Her performances garnered unanimous critical acclaim i.e.: “...a soprano aria to tax the resources of a Sutherland. In that fierce soprano role Christine Flasch proved a major vocal and dramatic talent”. New York Daily News
After singing leading roles throughout the country for twelve years, Flasch joined the Metropolitan Opera Chorus where she was selected to sing several comprimario roles, while working with the leading singers, conductors, and stage directors in the world.
Desiring to stretch her wings, Flasch returned to the Milwaukee area and joined the rosters of several colleges and universities in Wisconsin and Illinois, including the prestigious Chicago College of Performing Arts/ Roosevelt University where she was a member of the voice faculty. She was recruited to build Music by the Lake, a summer music festival under the auspices of Aurora University in Illinois in 2000, and developed the festival into a highly successful program of eight concerts each season. Now in its 19th season, the festival welcomes more than 12,000 patrons to the summer performances at George Williams College’s Ferro Pavilion on Geneva Lake.
Flasch honed her orchestral skills at Music by the Lake by producing and directing thirteen years of opera, operetta and musical theatre productions. She welcomed leading artists from across the United States, as well as emerging young artists from Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison. Her productions drew enthusiastic audiences and helped launch the careers of hundreds of talented young singers. Her annual Christmas concerts to “sold out” crowds drew the finest instrumentalists and singers to the campus for ten seasons.
Desiring to stretch yet again, Flasch left her position as Executive Director at MBTL to dedicate her energies toward building top notch musical programs in her own community in the SW suburbs of Milwaukee. As the founding director and conductor of the Southwestern Suburban Symphony (now in its fourth season), she leads the Tri-state area’s finest instrumentalists and vocalists in a broad variety of musical concerts.
Her instrumental conducting credits include operatic and concert performances of The Magic Flute with The Florentine Opera and Wisconsin Philharmonic’s performances for the young, Cosi Fan Tutte, The Pirates of Penzance and Die Fledermaus at Carroll University, and thirteen years as conductor of the Music by the Lake summer operas and annual Christmas concerts. Major works included La Boheme, The New Moon, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, Music in the Air, Brigadoon, and Gala of Stars, a medley of forty selections from opera and musical theatre.
Ms. Flasch has recently added a new title to her portfolio. She is the newly-appointed Director of the Bach Chamber Choir and Orchestra in Milwaukee, a performing group that will celebrate its 50th anniversary season in 2019/2020. She is dedicated to carrying on the legacy of this fine ensemble by presenting and promoting high caliber choral music throughout the Milwaukee area.
LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The fine arts have nurtured the souls of audiences throughout the ages. When populations and cultures were in political and social distress (as they are today), hope, relief, inspiration and enlightenment were always found in the arts. Since 2008, producers have seen a slow and steady return to financial optimism and support for the arts. It has never been a better time to invest in music!
Children are the future of live music and culture in our society. I would like to dedicate the remaining years of my professional career to presenting fine arts programs that will enrich the general population, and the next generation of concert goers, our children and grandchildren. High quality musical programs require a community’s dedication and dollars. I hope you will join me in this worthy calling by supporting The Southwestern Suburban Symphony. Investing in the arts pays great dividends!
Christine Flasch - Executive Director
The Southwestern Suburban Symphony