Five area teachers and musicians, met the fall of 2002 to discuss the possibility of forming a community chorus. As the committee poured over the many details of where, when, who and how to organize,
the one big question on our minds was: Is there interest or need? Our question was answered on a cold January evening when more that 80 people from three counties arrived early at the Wayne Center for the Arts ready to sing! Needless to say, we were delighted.
Our Mission Statement
- The Wayne County Choral Union, Inc., an adult non-profit organization, is dedicated to the performance of varied, mixed-voice music for the education and enjoyment of its members and the community.
Our director, Tim Frye, grew up in Wooster. He received his Bachelors (Music Education) from Bowling Green State University and did further studies at the University of Arizona where he earned a Masters (Choral Performance). Tim has had many years of experience in several music fields, such as administration, musicology, performance, and conducting. Among many other things, he has played the role of Bartolo in “The Marriage of Figaro,” and he was the music director for the Canton Hall of Fame Chorus. Tim’s aspiration for the Wayne County Choral Union is that it be “an ensemble composed of friends who gather to learn about and practice many historical and contemporary styles of music… to share their love…of this art form with their neighbors.” During every rehearsal, we see that Tim really means that to be his goal. We are privileged to have such a fine person and such a practiced musician as our director.
Jason Metheney has served as organist for St. James Episcopal Church in Wooster since 2001, the same year that he began a Masters Degree in music at The University of Akron. Jason was appointed Composer-in-Residence to the Master Singers Chorus in Stow beginning in 2004, and is primarily a composer of choral, organ, and brass works.