After 35 years in Jefferson schools, a musical legend will be “Gone with the Wynne” as teacher James Wynne ends his longtime career. The title of the annual spring choral concert honors the celebrated educator’s devotion to his students and to the musical edification of the entire community.

The concert will take place on Wednesday, May 23, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Tickets for adults are $5 in advance ($7 at the door); for students, children, and seniors, the fee is $3 in advance ($5 at the door). Advance tickets may be purchased by calling 973-697-3535, x5860.

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Wynne earned a B.A. in Music Education at Montclair State University, where his primary instrument was the pipe organ. He went on to receive a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from William Paterson. As a recipient of the Rutgers University President’s Citation for Educational Excellence, he studied organ performance at Rutgers, and then did doctoral work at Boston University.

Following 10 years of teaching at Bergen County Vocational/Technical High School, Wynne has been on the faculty in Jefferson for 35 years. He taught chorus at both the middle and high schools, created the music technology program at the high school, and taught music theory and history.

Wynne established the JTHS Madrigal Singers ensemble 34 years ago, which led to creation of the annual “Olde English Feast” dinner theater enjoyed by scores of residents each year. In addition to directing the annual spring musical and choral concert, he conducts three extracurricular groups: Chamber Choir (which has traveled the world), Men’s Ensemble, and Women’s Ensemble.

For 50 years, Wynne has been a church organist, currently serving as organist and director of music at Hilltop Presbyterian Church in Mendham. He is also a published author of historical fiction. Wynne and his wife, Marlene, have three sons and two grandsons.

James Wynne preparing for his final Spring choral concert, “Gone with the Wynne”. (Photo: Lise Greene)

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