Music Department

Swan Song: After 44 Years at NWU, “Doc” Wyman to Conduct Final Concert

Let dreamers dream what worlds they please
Those edens can't be found
The sweetest flowers
The fairest trees
Are grown in solid ground
We're neither pure nor wise nor good
We'll do the best we know
We'll build our house and chop our wood
And make our garden grow
And make our garden grow

The dynamic lyrics to Leonard Bernstein’s “Make Our Garden Grow” convey to the listener that life if nonsensical and unpredictable … but we experience it together.

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University Choir to Perform Songs of Joy on Annual Winter Tour

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s award-winning University Choir will head south in January for its annual winter tour that will take them to four states and eight cities. 

The winter tour begins January 3 in Columbus, Neb., and concludes January 13 with a home concert in Lincoln. The 10-day tour also includes performances in Wichita, Kan., Richardson, Waco, and San Antonio, Texas; Tulsa, Okla., and Auburn, Neb.

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Music Alumni to be Honored at Homecoming

Three Nebraska Wesleyan University music alumni will be honored during homecoming festivities.

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NWU Choir, Alumni to Perform at Carnegie Hall

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.

And William Wyman’s music students have put in plenty of practice in preparation for their May 26th performance at one of the world’s most prestigious concert venues.

“To be able to perform at Carnegie Hall is arguably the end goal of any musician,” said Wyman, professor of music. “Just walking on that stage knowing who has already walked on that stage is in and of itself an excitement and a thrill if you’re a musician.”

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JET Program to Send English, Music Major to Japan

Nebraska Wesleyan University senior Luke Gregerson admits he’s watched his share of the Travel Channel.

“From music to television to food, I spent a lot of time in awe watching the Travel Channel and getting as much Asian media as I could,” said the English and music major from Omaha. “Later on in school, I was able to learn more about Japan in a historical sense, often focusing around music and poetry, and my interest in the country only continued to grow from there.”

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Bold Designs Campaign Lights Up O'Donnell Auditorium

Liana Sandin (’81) fondly remembers the many hours she spent on the O’Donnell Auditorium stage.

“I was in a lot of things,” Sandin recalled of her involvement in choirs, operas and even serving as an usher at other events hosted in the auditorium. “O’Donnell means performance to me.”

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Music Professor Named Exemplary Teacher

Amy Spears staged a mock school board hearing for her secondary music students to help them better understand issues they could face as music educators regarding music program funding.

Last spring Spears invited the campus to an afternoon rock concert starring non-music majors who she taught to write music and learn new instruments.

And she finds multiple opportunities to integrate student learning with experiential learning in the community.

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Touch of Class Jazz Choir Takes Spring Tour to Iowa

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Touch of Class Jazz Choir will perform four concerts during its spring tour to Iowa.

Touch of Class is a select choir of 16 members that focuses on jazz repertoire. They will perform jazz standards such as “Unforgettable,” “Come Fly with Me,” Fascinating Rhythm,” and “All the Things You Are.”  Sacred music will also be performed including Will Todd’s “Jazz Missa Brevis,” von Kampen’s “Benediction” and Touch of Class director Boyd Bacon’s arrangement of “Amen!”

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University Choir Plans Four-State Winter Tour

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s award-winning University Choir has announced a tour schedule that will take them to four states in January.

The choir begins its tour in York, Neb. on January 3 and will travel and perform for 9 days, concluding with a home concert in O’Donnell Auditorium on the Nebraska Wesleyan campus. They will also perform in Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota.

The 90-minute program includes an array of music representing early European, South African, early American, French, British, Native American, Scandinavian, and Lithuanian cultures.

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Music Alumni Recognized During Homecoming Festivities

Three Nebraska Wesleyan University music alumni are being recognized for their career accomplishments.

Emily Bruflat (’10) has received the Outstanding Young Music Alum and Liana K. Sandin (’81) and Ray Young (’49) have received Outstanding Music Alum awards. The alumni were honored during homecoming activities September 27-October 1.

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