The Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir is a select ensemble, more than half of whom are music majors. The choir has a long history of performances throughout the world and performs extensively in the United States. Annual domestic tours as well as regular foreign concert tours are part of the Wesleyan Choir experience. Major performances with a professional symphony are part of each year with the choir having performed with orchestras in New York, Omaha, Lincoln, Madison and Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Convention concerts for music organizations are a regular part of concert year. Performing concerts rich in global diversity, the Wesleyan Choir has received critical acclaim in the major cultural centers of England, Scotland, Ireland, western Europe, China, Korea, Japan, Russia, Estonia, Sweden, Romania and throughout the United States.
This small, auditioned vocal ensemble focuses primarily on a cappella chamber music. They perform at the annual Elizabethan Feast in December. The Elizabethan Feast is complete with singing, a four-course meal, comedia, trumpet fanfares and recorder ensemble music. During second semester, the Chamber Singers perform a variety of musical styles from Broadway to madrigals to current pop.
Touch of Class
Touch of Class performs regularly both on and off campus and tours annually. They perform and compete in Jazz Festivals held in Nebraska, Iowa and Colorado. This auditioned ensemble meets three times per week and focuses on jazz repertoire.
Men’s Glee is a great opportunity for men on campus of all levels of talent to enjoy being in a choral ensemble. There are several performance opportunities during the year. This ensemble also creates a fun way to get involved and learn about different genres and styles of music.
Women’s Choir presents an opportunity for musical growth and appreciation through several styles of music. There are several concerts and performance opportunities throughout the year, and all women on campus are welcome to join the group.
Operatic performing opportunities have been offered at Nebraska Wesleyan University for over 25 years. Fully staged and costumed operas, with professional orchestra, are performed every spring. Two evenings of opera scenes are performed every fall.
In the recent past, spring opera productions have included major operas by Puccini, Mozart, Johann Strauss, Menotti, Haydn, Stravinsky and Humperdinck. In the 2016 opera production, a new milestone was reached with the singing of Puccini’s “La Rodine” in the original language, Italian.
When the students are not rehearsing full productions or scenes, additional topics are covered, including acting, audition skills, movement, dance, character development, performance preparation, memorization, score study, choreography, and directing. Students are also actively involved in the technical production of Opera Scenes and productions (costuming, make-up, lighting, scenic design, props, choreography, musical direction, and stage managing). All performing opportunities at Nebraska Wesleyan, including operas and opera scenes, are available to any student, regardless of major.