Tom Trenney, Artistic Director

Phone - (402) 476-9933 ext. 222

Email -  tom@abendmusik.org

Tom Trenney has served as Artistic Director of Abendmusik at First-Plymouth and as Conductor of the Abendmusik Chorus since 2009. As Minister of Music to First-Plymouth Church, Tom leads four adult choirs, accompanies the congregation on the magnificent Lied organ, and preaches in worship. In the last two seasons, First-Plymouth’s choirs have been featured at conventions of the Nebraska Music Educators Association and at state, regional, and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music, Tom serves on the choral conducting faculty at Doane University and conducts sounding light — a Michigan-based chamber choir he founded in 2003. His organ and choral recordings are featured regularly on public radio, and his choral compositions are published by Augsburg Fortress, Beckenhorst, G. Schirmer, Morningstar, Musicspoke, and Pavane. 

Tom has been blessed to perform and teach at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the American Choral Directors Association, the Organ Historical Society, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, the Sewanee Church Music Conference, and the Calvin Institute of Worship. He will serve as choral clinician in 2017 at Montreat Worship and Music, Lutheridge Worship and Music, the National Convention of Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, and Atlanta’s midwinter Choristers Guild Festival. 

Tom is grateful for the inspiration of his teachers and mentors, especially Anne Wilson, Todd Wilson, William Weinert, David Higgs, Craig Hella Johnson, Anton Armstrong, and Mister Rogers.

Drew Duncan, Interim Executive Director

Phone - (402) 476-9933 ext. 223

Email - drew@abendmusik.org

Drew Duncan serves as the Interim Executive Director of Abendmusik. He first was involved with Abendmusik in the 2013 Summer Sing as the tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem. Since then he has been heard many time performing with Abendmusik, First-Plymouth Church, and many other Lincoln organizations like the Celticas Spiritus and Lincoln Symphony Orchestra. Drew also serves as the Interim Coordinator of Music and Fine Arts at First-Plymouth Church. 

Originally from Okoboji, IA, Drew has sung with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Des Moines Metro Opera, Virginia Opera, Sarasota Opera, Castleton Festival, Chicago Opera Theater, Chamber Opera Chicago, Ash Lawn Opera, Opera for the Young, Virginia Consort, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and was a Central Region Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2010. 

Since moving to Nebraska in 2012, Drew regularly sings with Opera Omaha, Abendmusik, The Nebraska Wind Symphony, First-Plymouth Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, Saint Cecelia Cathedral, UNO, Creighton University, and sings the National Anthem for the UNO Maverick Hockey team, the College World Series and the 2016 Olympic Swim Trials. In addition to singing, Drew has extended experience playing the Oboe, Saxophone, Percussion, and Piano as well as Conducting, Stage Directing, Stage Management, and Properties Master.

Rebecca Shane, Administrative Director

Phone - (402) 476-9933 ext. 230

Email - rebecca@abendmusik.org

Rebecca Shane joined Abendmusik as the Administrative Director in December 2009.  She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

While at the university she studied voice in the studio of Donna Harler-Smith and performed extensively in roles such as La Principessa in Suor Angelica, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Florence Pike in Albert Herring, Charlotte Bartlett in A Room With A View, Madam Flora in The Medium, Ma Moss in The Tender Land, and the Mother in the Sacred Arts Council's production of Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors.

She has performed with the Omaha Symphony, the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra in works including Mozart's Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Vivaldi's Gloria, and Thompson's Nativity According to Saint Luke. Other oratorio credits include Mozart's Coronation Mass, Bach's Magnificat, and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass.

Rebecca is a past president of Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity and was an Alice Dobson alumni scholarship recipient.  She passes on her love of music as a member of the First-Plymouth Choir, the Abendmusik Chorus and ABENDCHOR and enjoys teaching diverse literature in her private voice studio.

She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with her husband and their three beautiful children.