Wausau School Board Gets Earful on Music Policy, Makes No Changes

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The Wausau School Board won't be making any changes to the district's policy on religious songs in school concerts, for now.

At a special meeting Thursday night, it voted to leave it up to principals, but it may address the issue again at a later date.

Hundreds of people jammed into the Wausau East High School auditorium to express their opinion on the issue. The meeting began at about 6:30pm and last until 11pm.

Most of the people spoke against a limit on Christian music at concerts. Although Rabbi Dan Danson of the Mt. Sinai Synagogue in Wausau said Jewish students forced to perform Christian songs are put in a very uncomfortable position.

The controversy erupted last week when the director of the Master Singers choir at Wausau West was told he would have to whittle down or do away with religious music completely at more than a dozen concerts set for various sites around the Wausau area in December.

He responded by disbanding the choir.

However, the group is scheduled to rehearse again Monday as the director and school district administrator are working on a compromise.

Several winter elementary concerts were also postponed until spring, although the school said that was already planned last year.

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