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Wausau West choir back together after music controversy


The group of Wausau singers at the middle of a holiday music controversy is back together.

Today was the first practice for the Wausau West choir after the director postponed rehearsals last week.

This all started when the choir director says he was told he needed to reduce the number of religious related songs during the groups holiday performances. The school district said the decision to review the songs came after the threat of lawsuits. In the end, the school board voted to hold off on making any decisions. That means this group is back to its original list of songs.

"My responsibility has always been to perform a balanced repertoire. We certainly have done that through the years. This was just something we needed to get further approval on and now we're going to proceed," explained Choir Director Phil Buch. "There is now an understand that secular music, all music has a place in the choir room."

"Being able to sing everything, all the harmonies, it just feel great," said Senior Isaac Butke.

The Master Singers will perform for nursing homes, businesses, and other gatherings throughout the month of December.

This all comes less than 24 hours after the school board voted to review Wausau Superintendent Kathleen Williams, and her performance. That was voted on at a school board meeting Monday night. About 100 people attended the meeting, many asking for the performance review. The superintendent said she'd like a review of everything that lead up to the controversy.

"Why is this, that when we're in the middle of the process and no final decisions have been made, did this erupt into the fireball that it did," said Williams.

But Wausau West's principal says it shouldn't be about blame.

"I believe everyone's intentions is to, is, and was, to do what's best for our kids and our community," said Jeb Steckbauer.

"As long as there is dialogue with leadership and the people that are in the trenches everyday, we can work together," added Buch.

But for now the choir will keep practicing, because all eyes are on the music.


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