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This profile was last updated on 11/5/12  and contains information from public web pages.

Music Professor

University of Wisconsin Center - Fond du Lac
 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • BS , music education
    UW-Oshkosh
  • Ph.D. , music education
    Michigan State University
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Web References
South Shore Chorale Home
www.southshorechorale.org, 5 Nov 2012 [cached]
The South Shore Chorale began rehearsals in the fall of 1971 under the direction of Dr. Ray Wifler, music professor at the University of Wisconsin Center - Fond du Lac for a performance of Handel's Messiah.
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Dr. Ray Wifler (1971-1972)
Music Director
www.fdlsymphonicband.org, 3 June 2011 [cached]
[IMG] Music Director | Click here for more information about Dr. Wifler Music Director
Music Director
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Raymond C. Wifler
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Raymond C. Wifler is a native of Glenbeulah, a small village on the western edge of Sheboygan County in eastern Wisconsin. He received a BS in music education at UW-Oshkosh, and a Masters and Ph.D. in music education at Michigan State University. After several years of conducting school bands in Lomira and Juneau, he moved to Fond du Lac in 1968 to teach music at the newly-opened UW Center-Fond du Lac. He was appointed Chair of the Music Department at Marian College in 1984, and since that time he has developed an accredited instrumental music education degree program at Marian. In 2002 Dr. Wifler retired from full time teaching at Marian.
Dr. Wifler has directed the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band, an adult community concert band, since its reorganization in 1974. Under his capable and inspired leadership, the Band has grown and flourished, earning a national reputation for musical excellence. Currently in residence at Marian College, the Band offers a cooperative school-year program with the college that allows area college students to perform in the band for college credit.
With the assistance of a group of community leaders, Wifler spearheaded the effort to fund and construct the Buttermilk Performance Center in Fond du Lac's Buttermilk Creek Park. Upon its completion in 1988, he developed and continues to co-direct the Buttermilk Festival, a summer-long music festival that features concerts by the Symphonic Band and other regional groups including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Kids from Wisconsin.
In addition to his work with the Symphonic Band, Wifler organized and served as first director of the Fond du Lac Oratorio Chorus (1971) and has served as music director and/or advisor to innumerable local music festivals and special events over the years. During his tenure at UW-Fond du Lac he developed and helped produce the popular madrigal dinners that played to capacity audiences each Christmas season for several years.
Wifler has been active in many aspects of arts development at the local and state levels. In 1994 he served as the founding President of the Fond du Lac Arts Council, and subsequently was instrumental in raising the necessary funds to renovate the Windhover Center for the Arts, which is home to the Arts Council along with many local arts activities. He has been a performing musician on clarinet, saxophone and trumpet throughout his musical career and serves frequently as a clinician, conductor and adjudicator for school events throughout the state.
A longtime member of the Wisconsin Bandmasters Association, he was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters' Association in 1993, a distinction currently held by only one other bandmaster in the State of Wisconsin. Ray and his wife, Carla, have four children, all of whom have played in the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band at one time or another
FdL Symphonic Band
www.fdlsymphonicband.org, 25 Oct 2007 [cached]
Raymond C. Wifler, Music Director
Board Members
www.fdlconcert.com, 23 Nov 2011 [cached]
Dr. Ray Wifler
Photo Gallery
www.fdlsymphonicband.org, 3 June 2011 [cached]
Cecelia Schlaefer, Linda Kiesow, Anthony Schlaefer, Jim Arthur, Mike Wilhelms, Brad Curran, Janice Jacobi, Sydney Mertz, Linda (Krueger) Tack, Tom Perry, Ray Wifler.
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Front Row: Claire Koehler, Jan Jacobi, Jim Arthur, Bill Fuhrmann, Mary Bauer, Carla Wifler, Ray Wifler, Mary Arthur, Joan Perry, Rita Pautsch, Maxine Averbeck.
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Front Row: Stephen Speidel, Rodd Eggert, John Ahlstrom, Kristie Ely, Jan Walters, Carla Wifler, Ray Wifler, Mary Arthur, Joan Perry, Judy Pellerin, Mary Liz Julka, Kathy Nachtwey, Jan Jacobi.
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ROW 3, L - R:, Linda Struye, Sandy Kuik, Tanya Williams, Ryan Milanowski , Shirley Krueger, Kathy Hansen, Kristin Burlingame, Heidi Zabel, Carol Roge, Van Shipe, Mike Marks, Erika Wifler, Kris Bonde, Diane Chiesa, Jim Arthur, Art Hintz, Lisa Zemlock, Steve Speidel, Jan Jacobi, Warren Wirth, Carol Blain, Kathy Nachtwey, Debbie Berger, Claire Koehler ROW 4, L - T:, Kari Mand, Bill McGee, Wayne Wallschlaeger, Lamont Page, Robert Milanowski, Scott Elford, Scott Welak, George Smith, Nick Wessel, Jim Pingry, Jill Wagner, Marcie Ninnemann, Ray Wifler (standing), Marsha Matthews, Jim Kelly, John Ahlstrom, John Lepien, Jim Ninnemann, Jason Ehlert, Steve Uecker, Dan Steward, Rodd Eggert
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Personnel shown above, at Fond du Lac's Galloway House are: Row 1 - Ray Wifler, Donna Wirth, Rita Pautsch, Judy Pellerin.
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Raymond C. Wifler is a native of Glenbeulah, a small village on the western edge of Sheboygan County in eastern Wisconsin. He received a BS in music education at UW-Oshkosh, and a Masters and Ph.D. in music education at Michigan State University. After several years of conducting school bands in Lomira and Juneau, he moved to Fond du Lac in 1968 to teach music at the newly-opened UW Center-Fond du Lac. He was appointed Chair of the Music Department at Marian College in 1984, and since that time he has developed an accredited instrumental music education degree program at Marian. Dr. Wifler has directed the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band, an adult community concert band, since its reorganization in 1974. Under his capable and inspired leadership, the Band has grown and flourished, earning a national reputation for musical excellence. Currently in residence at Marian College, the Band offers a cooperative school-year program with the college that allows area college students to perform in the band for college credit. Click here for more information about Dr. Wifler .
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