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Musical-Haiti (USA) Coordinators: Maryann & Dan Desaulniers
2012/4/17 19:32:04 (2814 reads)

During Tanya's visit to Wisconsin in early March of 2012, her good friend Jennifer Maney introduced her to Maryann and Dan Desaulniers of Shorewood.  The friendly (and musical!) retired couple were very interested in the idea of supporting a music school in Gonaïves and offered their help.  They are now the Coordinators of Musical-Haiti (USA) and are the main contact for this project State-side.

Dan is a recently retired church music director and liturgist.  He is an accomplished organist and pianist.  With an undergraduate degree in secondary education from Rhode Island College, he taught English and music for several years including three years for the Department of Defense (DOD) in Europe where he and his wife Maryann met and married.  After returning to the states and earning a Masters Degree in music theory and composition at Illinois State University, ...  

Dan entered the church music ministry serving both in Illinois and Wisconsin.  Dan is an active bicyclist, and he is returning to the French language in which he was raised.  Dan has had many private piano students over the years and has enjoyed ten years singing with the acclaimed Milwaukee Symphony Chorus. He has also been active as chairperson of a literacy program for a non-profit homeless shelter in Milwaukee.

Maryann has been in education all her life.  She received a degree in English and history from the University of Illinois and taught high school for ten years, three in Chicago and Boston.  After chaperoning a month long choral tour from the Boston Conservatory of Music to Europe, she remained in Europe, teaching at American high schools on military bases (DOD) in both Italy and Germany, also serving as a drama coach and director.  She later received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Marquette University, and worked in the career office at Marquette for 28 years before retiring, where, in addition to counseling students, she coordinated about 27 career fairs.  Maryann has sung in church choirs for many years and enjoys music, reading and traveling.
You can reach them at:
Maryann and Dan Desaulniers
Coordinators, Musical Haiti (USA)
4441 N. Murray Avenue
Shorewood, WI  53211
We are so happy to have these two wonderful people aboard!
(March 2012)

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