Mary Lou and Judd Leighton Chair in Music at Saint Mary’s College, IN
B.S. and M.A. in Music Education, Indiana University, PA
M.M. and D.M.A. in Choral Conducting, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
In addition to her duties at Saint Mary’s College, Dr. Menk is founder and conductor of the South Bend Chamber Singers and serves as Music Director of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus.
She is editor of the Saint Mary’s College Choral Series, a distinctive series of select new music for women’s voices published by earthsongs of Corvallis, Oregon.
Dr. Menk has been a conducting participant with the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s National Conductor’s Symposium and the Oregon Bach Festival.
In 1998 she served as conductor for the Hong Kong Summer Music Camp Children's Choir, and she spent the winter of 2000 on a sabbatical trip to Korea, where she worked with several choirs in Seoul.
In February 2005 she conducted the Saint Mary’s College Women’s Choir in concert for the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Los Angeles, California.
In February 2010 she made her fifth appearance at Carnegie Hall, conducting Morten Lauridsen’s "Lux Aeterna" for choir and orchestra.
"I love teaching conducting to young conductors, working with them to be as free and relaxed and expressive as possible while serving the music and being faithful to the composer. I always advocate gestures which encourage healthy, vital singing, saving valuable rehearsal time."