Fremont, NE – Midland University recently announced the addition of Anne Sorensen-Wang as the new Director of Performing Arts, which completes her full-circle return to the Fremont community.
A Fremont native, Anne’s performing arts roots were formed in Nebraska where she received her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, was Section First Violin in the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and Substitute Violin with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra.
Relocating to Tempe, Arizona, Sorensen-Wang completed her Master of Music in Violin Performance from Arizona State University while serving as an Orchestra teacher and Performing Arts Department Chair in Mesa Public Schools. In addition to teaching, Anne performed with the MusicaNova Orchestra and Arizona Opera.
Midland University’s Performing Arts program has experienced rapid growth over the past few years, boasting more than 180 students. Each year the department produces more than 40 performances, as well as facilitates educational outreach activities, competitions, and camps, many of which are student-produced as part of the university’s relentlessly relevant vision to offer hands-on learning experiences.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Anne to Midland University as Director of Performing Arts. Anne’s passion and enthusiasm for fostering an environment where students feel welcome to participate is a perfect fit with our “Arts for All” culture,” said Jessica Janssen, Midland University Vice President Institutional Advancement. “Anne’s personal experience as a performer and educator make her a unique and inspiring leader to build this hallmark program at Midland,” added Janssen.
With the support of fellow Fremont native, Jessica (Strudthoff) Janssen, Sorensen-Wang will take the helm of leadership and creative Performing Arts education at Midland. Janssen, also a graduate of Fremont High School, serves as Vice President for Institutional Advancement where she oversees fundraising, alumni relations, community engagement and performing arts. Both Sorensen-Wang and Janssen were previous students of Dr. Bryan Anderson and Mark Harman while at Fremont High School.