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Musical Director

Arleen Widerman, Musical Director...44th Season (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

 

 

Arleen Widerman

44th Season (Fall 2017 – Spring 2018)

arleenwiderman@gmail.com

Arleen is a life-long Burlington native and has been involved in the musical life of the community for most of her life. She received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Elon College (now University) and her master’s in Vocal Pedagogy and Music Education from UNC-Greensboro. She has retired in 2017 from the Alamance Burlington School System after working for more than 30 years in Elementary and High School music education. She has also worked as a minister of choral music, first at Hocutt Memorial Baptist Church as a student and then at First Reformed United Church of Christ.

Arleen’s first experience with Alamance Chorale was in 1975 as a college student, and she has been singing with the group since that time when family and work duties allowed. She is looking forward to beginning a new phase with the chorale as musical director.

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Accompanist

Nancy McMillan, Chorale Accompanist

 

Nancy McMillan is a native of Mebane, NC. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. At UNC-G she studied piano with Inga Borgstrom Morgan.

Mrs. McMillan has taught piano privately in Mebane for over 28 years. From 1993 to 2005 she was an accompanist at Elon University. She has been a church organist and currently is pianist at Grove Park Baptist Church in Burlington. She has served there since 1995. Mrs. McMillan has been the Alamance Chorale accompanist since 2003.

 

 

HISTORY OF THE ALAMANCE CHORALE

The roots of the Alamance Chorale began in 1974 when a group of area singers were brought together to present quality sacred and secular music to the community.

The founder and first director was Elizabeth Wood, then music director for the Bethany Presbyterian Church. From 1975 – 1978, under the direction of Dr. Walter Westafer of Elon College, the first officers were elected, by-laws established, and the name was changed from The Alamance Choral Society to The Alamance Chorale. Since its inception, the Chorale has grown in number and in community recognition. The group has continued to perform for 44 consecutive seasons, presenting 2 or 3 major concerts a year including their spring dinner show. The group specializes in sacred and classical music, but also sings selections from Broadway musicals, choruses from famous operas, traditional folk songs, madrigals, and much more.

We would like to thank our current director, Arleen Widerman, and Nancy McMillan, our accompanist, for their extra hours of practice and dedication that they devote to us each week.

Thanks-A-Bunch – you’re the greatest!