TANYA EGLER comes from a long line of talented gospel singers. When she’s not directing the Wheaton College Gospel Choir, she can be found singing solo or with family members in her family’s own choir.
Tanya’s favorite part of serving as Gospel Choir Director has been interacting with students, creating a family atmosphere that fosters strong relationships all around. The highlight of her 28 years, she says, was the 2017 Gospel Choir tour in Korea, singing at churches and schools with the Heritage Mass Choir of Korea. Also in 2017, the Gospel Choir celebrated its 30th anniversary with a concert including performances by Tanya’s mother, daughter, and granddaughter, as well as plenty of alumni.
Recently, Tanya took on an additional role overseeing programming in the Office of Multicultural Development. Much like in the Gospel Choir, this role gives Tanya the opportunity to watch students grow. “They come with their own gifts; they learn important skills and have the chance to put their own spin on leadership,” says Tanya. “That’s the joy of working with students.”
TITLE: GOSPEL CHOIR DIRECTOR
YEARS AT WHEATON: 28
DEGREE: B.S., EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, KENT STATE UNIVERSITY
FUN FACT: TANYA’S FAMILY CHOIR, THE WEEDEN FAMILY SINGERS, WAS FEATURED ON THE BOBBY JONES SHOW IN NOVEMBER 2017 AND IS TELEVISED IN THE CLEVELAND AREA DURING CHRISTMAS SEASON AND BLACK HISTORY MONTH.