MCC Announces New Preparatory Director for singers in Grades 3-6

Kaila Bingen is a vocalist, violinist, music teacher, and director living in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She is a double alumnus of Carthage College, first receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and then receiving her Master of Music in Music Theatre Vocal Pedagogy.


Kaila taught middle school choir in West Bend, and also taught beginning orchestra during her first year of teaching and during the summers. Kaila works as a clinician and adjudicator throughout Southeast Wisconsin. She has studied at the Kodály Institute of Vocal Pedagogy in Kecskemét, Hungary, and her self-designed curriculum has been published on the Wisconsin Music Educators Association website.

In addition to her passion for education, Kaila is very involved in theatre. She has music directed and composed for theater companies throughout Southeastern Wisconsin, co-founded the West Bend Theatre Company and the Kenosha Opera Festival, and has served on several theatre company boards.

Kaila has also performed on stage and in the pit orchestras of numerous productions in the past several years, including being the violinist for a new musical performed at the Chicago Musical Theater Festival and the New York Musical Theater Festival (off-Broadway). Kaila and her husband, Rick, are particularly fond of seeing and acting in Shakespeare plays, and their favorite annual tradition is to attend the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada. 

Kaila is excited to be joining the Milwaukee Children’s Choir family as the Preparatory Director and is looking forward to meeting you all in the Fall!