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Wausau schools limit religious music

Elite West singing group put on hold

9:19 PM, Oct. 4, 2013
Wausau West music instructor Phillip Buch conducts the Concert Chorale as it rehearses in December 2012. The chorale might not perform its holiday concert this year because of new school rules on religious music.
Wausau West music instructor Phillip Buch conducts the Concert Chorale as it rehearses in December 2012. The chorale might not perform its holiday concert this year because of new school rules on religious music.
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A local high school's elite Master Singers choir group will temporarily disband and Wausau elementary schools will no longer hold holiday concerts as the result of a Wausau School District directive to limit religious music in December.

Phil Buch, who has directed Wausau West High School's choral programs since 1981, said the decision to halt rehearsals for the Master Singers was made after a meeting Thursday with district officials and Frank Sutherland, an attorney who represents the school district.

Buch said district administrators gave music educators at Wausau schools three ...

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