Wesleyan to Celebrate Music Director's 35th Anniversary With Alumni Concert

More than 100 Nebraska Wesleyan University alumni will return to the O’Donnell Auditorium stage to sing their praises for their former music director.

William A. Wyman, director of choral activities, will celebrate his 35th anniversary at a special alumni choir concert on Sunday, November 1 at 4 p.m.

The concert program will include Malcolm Sargent’s arrangement of Silent Night, the University Choir’s signature piece, which has been performed every year Wyman has been at Nebraska Wesleyan. The concert will also include a piece titled, Romeo’s Soliloquoy, which was arranged by an NWU alum. The song was selected for the Ithaca College New Composers Competition. The choir will also perform Keep Your Lamps, which will be accompanied by two NWU alums who performed it in Russia where the choir became the first American choir invited to perform in the St. Peterburg, Russia International Choral Festival.

Nebraska Wesleyan’s current University Choir will also perform selections from its upcoming winter choir tour.

Wyman has enjoyed numerous successes during his 35 years including a prestigious appointment as Fulbright Scholar in Vocal Music in Seoul, Korea, guest conductor of the Nagasaki Orchestra and Chorus in Japan, and winner of the Nebraska Choral Directors'   Association "outstanding choral director of the year." His choirs have been critically acclaimed in such cultural centers as Vienna and Salzburg Austria, St. Petersburg, Russia, Hong Kong, New York City and Los Angeles. This summer he had the distinct honor of conducting a high school choral performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The free hour-long alumni concert will be held at O’Donnell Auditorium.  A reception honoring Wyman will follow.