Weirton Steel Chorus

Public Relations Department
Weirton, WV 26062
Phone:304-797-2305

William J. Niesslein
Maestro

Meet the Maestro

Signature Song Officers and Members
Services
and Cooperative Endeavors
Historical Background
Meetings Photo Gallery
Current and Upcoming Events Links To Related Sites







Signature Song

"Moonlight and Roses"



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Services and
Cooperative Endeavors

The Weirton Steel Chorus is available to sing for groups of 100 or more in the tri-state area. There is no charge, except that the host organization pays the transportation cost.



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Meet the Maestro

William J. Niesslein

William J. Niesslein, Director of the Weirton Steel Chorus, is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. His family moved to Weirton when he was in high school and he has been a Weirton resident since that time. After two years of Army service during World War II, including 17 months in Europe, he entered the School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. While a student he directed a high school band and played in several dance bands in the area.

He received a degree in music education from Duquesne and then became assistant band director and vocal instructor at Weir High School. While teaching, he continued his musical education at West Liberty State College and the College of Steubenville, both near Weirton. Mr. Niesslein became Director of the Weirton Steel Chorus in 1952 and the following year accepted full-time employment with the company.

In the 1950s he studied voice with the late Robert Topping, noted tenor and teacher at the Pittsburgh Music Institute. His musical background also was enriched during this time by his directorship of the College of Steubenville Glee Club and the men's choir at the Holy Name Cathedral in Steubenville and as staff instructor at Gerrero Music Store in Steubenville.

Mr. Niesslein is married to the former Theresa Spadafora, who also has a musical background. The Niessleins are parents of six children and live in Weirton.



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Historical Background
The Weirton Steel Chorus was organized in 1934. It now has 35 members, who work in all departments of Weirton Steel Corporation. With 16 first and second tenors, 9 baritones and 10 basses, the group has a balanced repertoire of old favorites, show tunes and patriotic music. Under the direction of William J. Niesslein, the chorus members have been molded into an outstanding vocal group that has earned praise in music circle across the country. The chorus has sung 12 times at the annual convention of the National Canners Association, seven times when the event was held in Chicago, three times in Atlantic City and once in Washington D.C. The "singing millmen" also have broadcast over the NBC radio network from New York City and have made other network, and TV broadcasts from Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Chicago.

Other appearances have been made at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and Rockefeller Center in New York City, the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, the Palmer House in Chicago, with Fred Waring's orchestra on network radio and at the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, WV. The chorus also has sung at the Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins, WV and presented a special concert for Governor Hulett C. Smith at the Governor's Mansion in Charleston, WV.

In addition, the chorus has made many appearances throughout the tri-state district including three appearances with the Wheeling Symphony. The accompanist is Dr. Joseph Toth and the manager is Duke Horstemeyer.



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Links To Related Sites
Weirton Steel



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