Versatile is the word to describe Sheboygan born maestro Wayne Wildman. His musical collaborators range from Yefim Bronfman and Gary Karr to the Canadian Brass and Dinah Shore. Educated at Lakeland College and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wildman is entering his twentieth season as Music Director of the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra.
Wildman has been heard as harpsichord and/or piano soloist with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Sheboygan Symphony, the Manitowoc Symphony, the Green Bay Civic Symphony and most recently, the Ocmulgee Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in recitals at Symphony Center and the Art Institute of Chicago, served as accompanist for the Fourth International Henryk Szeryng Violin Competition in Toluca, Mexico and performed on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Live from the Elvehjem” series. In the summer of 2009, Wildman made his fifth appearance at the Washington Island Music Festival where he was featured in works by Fesca and Martinu.
An experienced theatrical composer, Wildman scores have been performed in Nebraska, North Carolina and Florida as well as Wisconsin. His current project is “My Many Colored Days”, a work for string quartet and narrator written as a collaborative program with the Manitowoc Public School District and the Manitowc Symphony.
Wildman also serves as Music Director of First United Lutheran Church in Sheboygan.In what little spare time he has apart from music, he also enjoys collecting rare books.