Searl Pickett Chamber Music Series

The Searl Pickett Chamber Music Series has announced its Fall, 2016 season. Now in its 21st  year, the music series was organized especially for the greater Fond du Lac community and features many of the finest soloists and chamber ensembles in Wisconsin and the Midwest.


Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be performed at two locations: Church of Our Saviour, 9th and Main Streets, and the former St. Patrick’s Church, 41 E. Follett St. in Fond du Lac. The Series is affiliated with the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band, which provides production support and tax-exempt status for contributions.


The series will open on Thursday, Sept. 22 at Church of Our Saviour with a Flute and Harp Duo from Milwaukee, featuring Linda Nielsen-Korducki, flute and Ben Melsky, harp.  The Wingra Woodwind Quintet, comprised of music faculty from UW-Madison, will perform at Church of Our Saviour on Friday, October 14.


The final two performances will take place at the former St. Patrick’s Church. On Thursday, Oct. 27 a Duo  of Jameson Cooper, violin and Eli Kalman, piano will perform. Trombone and Friends featuring trombonist Mark Hetzler from UW-Madison’s music faculty closes the series on Thursday, Nov. 17.


The Searl Pickett Chamber Music Series was organized and is coordinated by Fond du Lac native Kay Gainacopulos as a tribute to, and in memory of one of Wisconsin’s finest band directors and teachers, Searl Pickett. A native of Wautoma WI, Pickett’s talent led him to study with the top clarinetist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra before being injured as a pilot in World War II. After the war he was a professional musician in New York City before returning to the Fox Valley to study music at Lawrence Conservatory. He then began a long career at St. Mary’s Springs Academy in Fond du Lac, where he built an excellent band program that continued to thrive until his death in the early 1980’s. While teaching at “the Springs” he also taught clarinet at several area colleges and was clarinet specialist at the UW-Madison Music Clinics in the 1950’s. Searl Pickett inspired and challenged generations of musicians who came under his influence. Many of them are still teaching and performing as his legacy is passed to future generations.


Season tickets for all four concerts are $45, by mail and also at the door at the first concert.  To order season tickets, send your check to: Searl Pickett Series Tickets, P O Box 1483, Fond du Lac WI 54936.


Single tickets are sold at the door at $15 each, and students are admitted free. For more information, contact Series coordinator Kay Gainacopulos at 920-279-6452, or email