Arthur Wenk


As a young musicology teacher at the University of Pittsburgh in 1974, Arthur Wenk decided to start a chorus. This was not an unprecedented event in his life—he had formed a small group in Boston before coming to Pittsburgh. The group was perhaps successful beyond his wildest dreams, at least musically. He also quickly discovered that running a chorus involves a whole lot more than just selecting singers, repertoire, and rehearsal/concert dates. As he noted in a diary entry as he wrote the group’s obituary: "With this program I bring my choral conducting career to a close.  It has been my experience that you can’t be a good choral conductor and be good at very much else.  During the past year the fragile equilibrium among performance, scholarship and teaching has been strained, if not lost altogether, by the eleven concerts (not counting repeat performances) in whic