Born Dean Boring (1938–2002), the tenor took Wilder as a stage name. After completing a master’s degree at NEC in 1970, taught on the voice faculty for several years. He was subsequently chair of the voice department at Westminster Choir College, then Robert H. McKee Professor of Music and director of vocal studies at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., up to his retirement in May 2002. Over a span of two decades, as part of a duo with bass-baritone Robert Hale ’67 A.D., Wilder performed more than four thousand concerts worldwide, including several Billy Graham crusades, and released 21 recordings. He received an Outstanding Graduate Award from Cascade College, where he completed his undergraduate studies.
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