Eric Wyler is currently teaching as the Choir Director for Lewis Central High School after previously serving at Underwood High School. He graduated with Distinction in May 2013 with a B.M. in Vocal Music Education at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska. During his time at Wesleyan, Mr. Wyler studied voice with Dr. Jana Holzmeier and actively participated in ensembles, honorary societies, and professional development organizations in the music department. He held the positions of President of the National Association for Music Education and Chaplain of Mu Phi Epsilon Honorary Fraternity. Mr. Wyler was a four-year member of the University Choir, and served as the President during his senior year. He sang in Touch of Class Jazz Choir and has also held roles in various operas at NWU including chorus in Hansel and Gretel, Ben in The Telephone, and most recently Papageno in The Magic Flute.
Mr. Wyler graduated from Papillion-La Vista South High School where he participated in numerous musical productions such as The Music Man as Harold Hill. At the same time he performed alongside my high school sweetheart, Lindsy. They have since married, moved into their new house in Papillion, and love spending time together. Their son, James, just turned 1 and is growing up so quickly! He loves to move around, play ball, and swing! Mr. Wyler loves to watch football, movies, and tv shows, some notable favorites include Inception and The Office.
A turning point in his life regarding music happened in 8th grade. He had been a member of choir for two years and was also on the football team. He was the only boy to be involved in both activities and received a substantial amount of bullying and name-calling from the football team. It got so bad that he almost quit music to stop the constant pressure and humiliation of being called a "choir boy." Eric's music teacher, Mrs. Helsley, saw my musical potential and did not let him quit; the football coach, Mr. Massulo, encouraged him to keep doing music and football. Eric stuck with both and at the end of my 8th grade year he was awarded the outstanding choral student award. It was presented to him at an award ceremony in front of the whole school, including the football team. The best part was that Mr. Massulo was the presenter of the award and he spoke of Eric's courage, determination, and hard work. It meant the world to Eric for Mr. Massulo to back him up and present the choral award in front of everyone. It was this moment that Eric knew he had made the right decision to stick with music, which has now become a major focus in his life.