University Choir to Wrap Up Winter Tour With Home Concert

The Emmy-nominated Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir is performing a concert of classic choral literature during its current winter tour.

The choir tour began January 3 and will conclude with a final performance at O’Donnell Auditorium on the Nebraska Wesleyan University campus on January 15. The tour includes performances in Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska.

The 90-minute program will include many classical styles including music by Ben Allaway, Rene’ Clausen, Joan Szymko, Carol Barnett, Edwin Fissinger, Andre’ Van Der Merwe, Robert Shaw and Alice Parker. The program will also include two original compositions by Nebraska Wesleyan University music professor and resident composer Jean Henderson, as well as excerpts from “To Be Certain of the Dawn” by composer Stephen Paulus. The choir will perform this work at the American Choral Directors Association Convention in February.

The concert will close with the choir’s signature piece, Sir Malcolm Sargent’s Silent Night, which has been performed on the tour for 37 consecutive years.

The Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir is a select 53-voice ensemble. Since 1977, the choir has undertaken eight foreign concert tours and two choral residencies in Hawaii in addition to annual concert tours throughout the United States. In May, the choir performed in Sweden and Estonia.

The choir has been recognized with several honors. In November, they were selected to perform with the Munich Symphony Orchestra and conductor Phillippe Entremont in a performance of Mozart’s “Requiem.” In April, the choir will perform for the second consecutive year with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, and in May the choir will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City where they will sing Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 2, Lobegesang.”

They were the first American choir to perform in universities and conservatories in Romania and the first American choir invited to participate in the St. Peterburg, Russia International Choral Festival. They were the first collegiate choir from Nebraska selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention, and have appeared as the featured collegiate ensemble at the Nebraska Music Educators Association Convention.

The choir is under the direction of William A. Wyman who is in his 37th year at Nebraska Wesleyan. He has served as a clinician or guest conductor throughout the country. In 1996, the Nebraska Choral Directors Association selected Wyman as the “Outstanding Choral Director of the Year.” He received a Fulbright Scholar appointment at Seoul National University in Korea. In 2004, he was inducted into the Nebraska Music Educators Association Hall of Fame and in 2009 he made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut. He will return to Carnegie Hall in May.

The following is the choir’s tour schedule:

Tuesday, January 3, 7 p.m.

United Methodist Church

610 2nd Street

Milford, Neb.

Free-will offering

 

Wednesday, January 4, 7:30 p.m.

First United Methodist Church

2622 11th Avenue

Sidney, Neb.

Free-will offering

 

Thursday, January 5, 7 p.m.

Grace in the Desert Episcopal Church 2004 Spring Gate Lane

Las Vegas, Nev.

Free-will offering

 

Saturday, January 7, 7 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church

702 East Cottonwood Lane

Casa Grande, Ariz.

Free-will offering

 

Sunday, January 8 – 10 a.m., Morning Services

First Presbyterian Church

702 East Cottonwood Lane

Casa Grande Ariz.

Love offering

 

Sunday, January 8, 7 p.m.

Ascension Lutheran Church

7100 North Mockingbird Lane

Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Free-will offering

 

Monday, January 9, 7:30 p.m.

Episcopal Church of the Ascension

600 Gilpin Street

Denver, Colo.

Free-will offering

 

Tuesday, January 10, at 7 p.m.

First United Methodist Church

420 North Nevada Avenue

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Free-will offering

 

Wednesday, January 11, 7:30 p.m.

Arvada Presbyterian Church

5592 Independence

Arvada, Colo.

Free-will offering

 

Thursday, January 12, 7:30 p.m.

Trinity United Methodist Church

901 East Neal Avenue

Salina, Kan.

Free-will offering

 

Friday, January 13, 7 p.m.

First United Methodist Church

309 East 7th Street

York, Neb.

Free-will offering

 

Sunday, January 15 – 8, 9:30, 11 a.m., Morning Services

Eastridge Presbyterian Church

1135 Eastridge Drive

Lincoln, Neb.

Love offering

 

Sunday, January 15, 7:30 p.m.

Home Concert, Nebraska Wesleyan University,

O’Donnell Auditorium, 50th Street & Huntington Ave.

Free admission

 

Grace In The Desert Performance

Inspirational, glorious, moving ... and so much more! The concert performed at our church has to be one of the best I have ever experienced (not heard). Their opening piece (Navajo Prayer) was so engaging and uplifting, it set the bar at a high level and we were not disappointed. Director Wyman has developed the abundant talents of these students to become first class performers. Best wishes to them on their journeys and May God Bless them all!

Choir in Las Vegas

I am so impressed with the choir from your university. We enjoyed a fine concert last evening at our church, Grace in the Desert. I was happy to drive one of the members, Jordan, to his hosts, Tom and Denise Merrick, to spend the night. I picked him up there and drove him back the church this morning. All of us here are so impressed. First by the fine music we enjoyed and secondly by the deportment of all the choir members. So polite and engaging. I certainly enjoyed my conversations with Jordan and the other members with whom I spoke. Nebraska Wesleyan is well represented by these fine people. I am so glad you sent them to us.
Dan Myers

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The University Choir kicks off its five-state winter tour on January 3.
Dr. William Wyman has directed the University Choir for 37 years.