2021 Wesleyan Honors Festival

Dear friends,

What a season it has been! I doubt many of us will be sorry to see the end of 2020. I know you all have been working hard to make it possible for your students to make music through it all. Even with all its twists and turns, anxieties and disappointments, there have been some true joys- including our mid February gathering with many of you and your students for our Nebraska Wesleyan University Honors Choir. That special time with you, those wonderful young people, and our guest composer Jake Runestad was an oasis, to be sure, and I have ever since remained hopeful that our gathering this year would be possible.

It has been clear, however, that we must postpone our festival time together and with our guest composer/conductor Stacey Gibbs until next season. In the meantime, though, we are planning a few special outreach events in the new year-- both virtually (for everyone on February 1) and (we hope!) for very small groups of your 'honors choir' students in person in February and March-- in hopes that we can remain connected and tethered, even during this difficult time. We will be in touch again soon with more information on those opportunities.

In the meantime, if there is any way that we at NWU might be helpful to you or your students, I hope you will be quick to reach out. We deeply appreciate your encouragement and support of our annual honors festival, and we look forward to the tradition continuing on with renewed energy and spirit in the season ahead.

Grace and peace, and all blessings!
TT

p.s. On January 10, 2021, we will release an online concert of performances recorded during this fall semester. In the meantime, here is a clip of our sopranos and altos singing "Rise Up" by our 2020 Honors Festival Conductor, Jake Runestad. https://youtu.be/X7EILre_slc


Dear colleagues,

What a semester it has been! I doubt many of us will be sorry to see the end of 2020. Music making is as important as ever and the work everyone has put in for students to safely make music together has been inspiring.

Unfortunately due to the pandemic we have to postpone our festival time together and with our guest conductor Robert Sheldon until next season. In the meantime, though, we are planning a few special outreach events in the new year-- both virtually (for everyone on February 1) and (potentially, hopefully!) for very small groups of instrumental students in person in February and March-- in hopes that we can remain connected and tethered, even during this difficult time. We will be in touch again soon with more information on those opportunities.

In the meantime, if there is any way that we at NWU might be helpful to you or your students, I hope you will be quick to reach out. We deeply appreciate your encouragement and support of our annual honors festival, and we look forward to the tradition continuing on with renewed energy and spirit in the season ahead.

Thanks so much,
AJ