The Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra (MFSO), was formerly known as the Milwaukee Catholic Symphony Orchestra from 1942 to 1998. It brings to the community a sixty-nine year tradition of quality music making. This tradition continues through the effort, support and dedication put forth by Robert Steliga, President of the Menomonee Falls Family Festival Corp., who was instrumental in bringing the orchestra to the Menomonee Falls Community. The MFSO uses the HAMILTON FINE ARTS CENTER in SUSSEX, WI as its home venue. The objective of the Orchestra is to promote appreciation of classical symphonic music for audiences and playing musicians. MFSO also provides an opportunity for young artists and professional soloists to appear in concert with symphonic accompaniment. Membership in this community orchestra is open to all capable adults. Auditions are held in September or by appointment.
Michael Kamenski received his Master’s Degree in symphonic and operatic conducting from the Conservatory of Music in Warsaw, Poland. Following his studies, he was appointed Music Director of the Conservatory Orchestra in Warsaw and guest conducted numerous orchestras including the Warsaw Philharmonic. He premiered a Polish Opera by Kaminski in the State Opera House of Warsaw.
Locally, Mr. Kamenski has conducted the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He has participated in conducting workshops with various conductors including Daniel Barenboim.
Additionally, he has worked as a Staff Arranger at Hal Leonard Publishing and arranged and orchestrated a symphonic ballet for Les Grands Ballet Canadiens of Montreal.
Currently, he is Director of Liturgy and Music as well as Pastoral Associate at St. Sebastian Church in Milwaukee. In 2013 he was awarded the prestigious “Vatican II Award” for his work in Liturgical Theology. He was Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Alverno College in Milwaukee where taught for twenty-five years. He was commissioned to compose a new Alma Mater for Alverno College in 2004.
Kamenski is also serving as Music Director for the Symphonic Tour of Daryl Stuermer—Music of Genesis and Phil Collins. He has conducted the Omaha, Columbus and Florida Symphonies. Michael began as Music Director and Conductor of the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra in 1985.
Michael is married to Sherri and has 3 boys, Martin (Mica with Mia, Ava, Zora), Brian (Carley with Santo) and Paul (Claire with Ella and Benjamin).
Concert Mistress Bio
Shannon Iler has been playing the violin for the past 23 years and studies with Jeanyi Kim. Shannon subs with various orchestras, including the Wisconsin Philharmonic and Festival City Symphony. She has performed as concertmaster with the Milwaukee Summer Philharmonia and on faculty concerts for Elm City ChamberFest. She has also soloed with the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra In 2011 playing the Dvorak concerto. Shannon is a Certified Public Accountant and worked in mutual fund accounting for seven years. She graduated from Thomas Edison State College with a Bachelor of Science in business and accounting, and from WCTC with her Financial Planner Certification. Shannon is Suzuki teacher training certified and has a private violin studio. She loves spending time with her husband Brandon and her two daughters.