A native of Cedarburg, WI, Mr. Werni holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in choral and instrumental music education from Wisconsin Lutheran College and a certificate in Servant Leadership from Cornell University.
Mr. Werni teaches choir at the Wisconsin Hills Middle School in the Elmbrook School District. From 2015-2019, he taught grades 4 - 8 in the Merton Community School District where he tripled the number of students involved in choir, expanded academic and co-curricular choral music opportunities, and co-founded the school’s thriving musical theater program. Mr. Werni has also worked as the Artistic Director of Preparatory Choir with the Milwaukee Children’s Choir. In 2019, Mr. Werni was recognized by the Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and his alma mater with the Early Career Educator Award.
Dedicated to his own growth and development as an educator and conductor, Mr. Werni has participated in workshops and symposiums at Westminster Choir College and University of Michigan. In the summer of 2021, Mr. Werni will attend Chorus America’s Conducting Institute at California State University, Fullerton as a Choral Scholar.
Mr. Werni is an active performer in the Milwaukee area, and has performed as a member of the Bel Canto Chorus, and is currently a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
Mr. Werni is a member of American Choral Directors Association, Wisconsin Music Educators Association, and Chorus America.