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New Thiel College choir director Thomas Wininger developing plans for his new role


New Thiel College choir director Thomas Wininger developing plans for his new role

GREENVILLE, Pa.—In his role as the new director of the Thiel College choir, Thomas Wininger, D.M.A., has plans for the organization that will maintain the group’s longstanding traditions as well as incorporate some new ideas, including a performance in Downtown Pittsburgh during the city’s annual light-up night.

Wininger oversees music groups on campus as well as teaching within the Department of Music and Theatre. Class offerings include music appreciation, private voice lessons, handbell choir and more. Wininger responsibilities include the success and growth of the choir program. Wininger began in the position at the start of the academic year.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Thiel College community! We have many exciting things in store this year on campus and in the region,” Wininger said. “You will soon be hearing about an exciting new addition to the Thiel Christmas Festival tradition. I look forward to meeting the many alums and friends of Thiel throughout the year.”

Wininger earned his doctorate from the University of Arizona in the summer of 2019 in choral conducting, a Master of Music from the University of Nevada and a bachelor’s in piano performance from Wartburg College.

Wininger is the eighth choir director in the organization’s 67-year history.

The choir performs several concerts annually at the College and around the region. This year the choir is performing at First English Lutheran Church, 615 Grant St. in Pittsburgh during the city’s light-up night on Nov. 22. The annual Christmas Festival is at 4 p.m. Dec. 8.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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