Winter Weather Forces Rescheduling of Choir Tour Performances

Winter weather has led to a change of plans for the Emmy-nominated Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir, which was scheduled to kick off its annual winter tour on January 6.

Performances in Seward, Des Moines, Iowa, Libertyville, Mo., Whitefish Bay and Madison, Wis., have all been cancelled. Only the concert in Des Moines, Iowa, has been rescheduled for Sunday, January 10 at 3 p.m. at First Christian Church, 2500 University St.

The choir will shorten its tour to performances in Iowa and Nebraska. The following is the choir's new tour schedule:

Saturday, January 9
Alumni dinner, 5 p.m., North Star American Bistro, 4515 N. Oakland Ave., Milwaukee, Wis. Make a reservation or call Shelly Blake at 402.326.1550. 

Sunday, January 10
7:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 2500 University, Des Moines, Iowa, free-will offering. 

Tuesday, January 12
7:30 p.m., Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1340 Third Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids Iowa, free-will offering

Wednesday, January 13
7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 202 West Main Street, Marshalltown, Iowa, free-will offering

Thursday, January 14
7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 7020 Cass Street, Omaha, Neb., free-will offering

Friday, January 15
7 p.m., St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 534 W. Church St., Albion, Neb., Admission: $12.50 adults; $5 students

Sunday, January 17
10:30 a.m., morning service, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2110 Sheridan Boulevard, Lincoln, Neb., love offering

Sunday, January 17
7:30 p.m., Home concert, O’Donnell Auditorium, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 50th Street & Huntington Ave. Free admission.

Sunday, January 24
3 p.m., Saint Mark’s United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Boulevard, Lincoln, Neb. Free-will offering


The 90-minute program will include diverse music including early Hebrew songs sung in Ladino, a Judeo-Spanish language, and Inca sung in Quechua, a Native American language.

The program also includes works of Badings, Andre’ Thomas, Ben Allaway, Szymko as well as a new piece by Omaha, Nebraska, composer Stephen Bouma. The piece recently won second place in the prestigious Ithaca College competition. Excerpts from the well-known closing movement of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy will also be performed in preparation for the choir’s spring performance of the work with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra. The concert will conclude with the choir’s signature piece, Sir Malcolm Sargent’s Silent Night.

The Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir is a select 54-voice ensemble. Since 1977, the choir has undertaken seven foreign concert tours and two choral residencies in Hawaii in addition to annual concert tours throughout the United States. Among the honors are: the first American choir to perform in universities and conservatories in Romania, 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 35th 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 previously won a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to Seoul National University in Korea. In 2004, he was inducted into the Nebraska Music Educators Association Hall of Fame and this past May he made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut.