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William Weisser

William Weisser

Specialism:

Organ

Location:

Raleigh
United States 27609

Contact:

Contact:
Dr. William J. Weisser
1214 Currituck Drive
Raleigh, NC 27609
919-787-7364
919-812-2986
wjweisser@gmail.com

Additional Info:

Dr. William J. Weisser
            Dr. William J. Weisser retired in 2011 as Minister of Music at Edenton St. United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC where he had been responsible for seven singing choirs, three handbell choirs, three dance ensembles and instrumental ensembles with over 460 participants for over 35+ years. He was the Conductor and Artistic Director of the Capital Area Chorale, a mixed voice community choir for 11 years. He was an Adjunct Assistant Professor on the faculty of North Carolina State University where he directed the University Singers for 5 years; since retirement he served as Interim Director of Music at Centenary UMC in New Bern, NC 2011 – 2012.; as the Interim Music Minister at First UMC in Rocky Mount, NC 2012 – 2013; Interim Director of Music and Organist at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, NC, Organist at Hayes Barton UMC in Raleigh, NC. And now serving as Interim Minister of Music at St. Paul UMC in Goldsboro, NC.  
             Dr. Weisser is a graduate of Westminster Choir College where he studied Organ with Theodore C. Herzel, Dr. George Markey and Dr. Donald McDonald; Conducting with Robert Simpson, Robert Carwithen and Arthur Sjogren; and Voice with Robert Pate, Ramon Kyser and Arthur Sjogren. At Westminster he was a member of the world-famous Westminster Choir which toured Puerto Rico. He has done graduate work in Sacred Music at Indiana University under Dr. Oswald Ragatz. Dr. Weisser received a Doctor of Humanities degree from Methodist College in May, 1997. He was also ordained a Deacon in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church in June, 1997.  
           He has served as Dean of the Joliet, Ill. and Central North Carolina Chapters of the American Guild of Organists. He is a member of the Chorister's Guild having served as President of the Eastern North Carolina Chapter; The American Guild of English Handbell Ringers;  The National Association of Teachers of Singing;  The American Choral Director's Association;  and the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts of which he served as National President, and many other Conference, Jurisdictional and General Church agencies serving as the Chairperson for the North Carolina Conference Worship Commission before retirement.    
        Dr. Weisser has performed with the Chicago Symphony and the North Carolina Symphony. He has performed many organ recitals in the Southeast and is in demand as an accompanist for oratorios as well as a Choral Conductor. He has also served on the faculty of Louisburg College and was Interim Conductor of the Raleigh Oratorio Society.   
        He was the founding Director of the Children's Choir of Duke Chapel. He has published with Abingdon Press. Dr. Weisser was invited to give a pre-concert lecture on the life of Felix Mendelssohn and his Elijah for the North Carolina Symphony.   
        In August, 1986, the Edenton St. UM Church Chancel Choir sang the publisher's premiere of John Rutter's Requiem, with the composer conducting. In May, 1989, his Chancel Choir was invited to sing at a Memorial Day Concert at Carnegie Hall performing Mozart's Requiem with the Manhattan Philharmonic conducted by George Albrecht of Hamburg, Germany. In 1993, his Chancel Choir was invited by the Russian Government to sing on a special state sponsored concert series in Moscow. The Chancel Choir was invited to sing at the International music festival, Piccolo Spoleto, USA in Charleston, South Carolina during May 2001, 2002 and again in 2006. For Memorial Day 2008 the Chancel Choir sang Randall Thompson’s Testament of Freedom at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. under the direction of Andre Thomas.  In 2011 the Chancel Choir sang the Requiem by Maurice Durufle at the historic Christ Church Episcopal in Savannah, Georgia.  He was selected to appear in Who's Who in the South and Southwest and Who's Who in Religion, and named International Man of the Year for 1992/1993 and 1996 by the International Biographical Center in Cambridge England. In 2001 he released a CD of 20th century organ works titled “Music for A Sunday Afternoon” available on Itunes; CDBaby.com; and Amazon.com.
Contact:
Dr. William J. Weisser
1214 Currituck Drive
Raleigh, NC 27609
919-787-7364
919-812-2986
wjweisser@gmail.com

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$ 50.00 Dollars Per Hour

Specialisms

Solo Performance

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