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Wausau West High elite choir disbands over Christmas music directive

Musical note stems (Photo by: JZCL/Creative Commons).
Musical note stems (Photo by: JZCL/Creative Commons).

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - Wausau school administrators have told choral groups to cut back on their Christmas music -- and because of that, the elite choir at Wausau West High has temporarily disbanded. 

West choral director Phil Buch said the administration gave schools three options -- perform five non-religious songs for every religious one, have concerts with no Christmas music, or not perform until after the holidays. 

Buch says the Master Singers group at West High gets invited to sing at a dozen holiday concerts each year. He says the new directive is unacceptable. 

School board members have not discussed the order -- and at least one member believes they shouldn't. 

Member Jane Rusch tells the Wausau Daily Herald that religion can be an emotional public issue, but she does not believe the School Board should get involved in it. 

WSAU Radio said Wausau Superintendent Kathleen Williams would issue a statement on the matter Monday.