Honoring Blake Wiener

April 26, 2016 01:23 PM


The family and friends of Blake Wiener have established a scholarship to honor his memory. Blake was an avid supporter of the college and successful music teacher. His love for music was only surpassed by his love for his colleagues and students. A celebration of his life will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on April 30, 2016 at the Medinah Baptist Church Atrium, 900 Foster Avenue, Medinah, Illinois, 60157.

The Blake Wiener scholarship recipient is nominated by faculty and staff and given to a 3rd or 4th year student on the instrumental track with a primary instrument in the woodwind family.  Preference is given to a student who has exhibited leadership through action, a dedication to their craft and a spirit of humor in all that they do.

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Blake Wiener was featured in the 2012 VanderCook Annual Report.  Read the article below.


Obituary for Blake E. Wiener

Blake Edwin Wiener, 62, of Schaumburg, Illinois, passed away on March 25, 2016.  Born on May 8, 1953, in Jamestown, Ohio, Blake grew up in Ohio and Michigan, attending elementary school in Michigan, grades 5-10 in Finneytown Public Schools near Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduating from Glenwood High School, Canton, Ohio, in 1971.  In 1976 Blake earned a Bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, specializing in music education.  In later years he continued his graduate studies at Northern Illinois University and VanderCook College of Music in Chicago.

Blake was a musician at an early age, playing the piano at age 6, the flute in junior high, and oboe in high school.  Because oboe was not a marching band instrument, Blake played the cymbals with great flourish and hilarity.  At Bowling Green Blake began playing the English horn which became his favorite instrument.

Being a music educator was Blake’s greatest love. After teaching music for two years in Plain Local Schools in Canton, Ohio, Blake moved to Illinois where he taught in Medinah School District #11.  He taught band and general music at the middle school and elementary level, mentoring band students from 5th grade through high school.  He was proud of his extracurricular work as a woodwind specialist with Lake Park High School marching band, especially in 1996 when they won the Bands of America Grand National Championship. 

Blake’s influence went beyond the classroom. He worked with oboe and saxophone students in the Young Musicians Mentor Program in Bensenville. He also provided guidance and support to young people entering their first years of music education.  Blake taught private oboe and English horn lessons and in later years assisted the woodwinds section of the Plainfield High School marching band program.

An avid lover of figure skating, Blake learned to ice skate living in Michigan in his early years, and followed the Olympics and other skating events throughout his life.  He was fond of tennis and enjoyed attending the Association of Tennis Professionals Tournament with his father in Mason, Ohio. He is well remembered by his friends for his outlandish wit and humorous antics, as well as his cooking, entertaining, and decorating skills.

Blake is survived by his father, Paul E. Wiener; sisters, Beth Brokaw and Beckie Ballinger (Rusty); nieces, Rachel Brokaw Kieltyka (Joseph) and Tess Ballinger; and nephew, Quinn Ballinger.  Blake is preceded in death by his mother, Alice L. (Allred) Wiener, and his aunt, Ann Pennington.

Blake will be laid to rest in Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana. A celebration of his life will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on April 30, 2016 at the Medinah Baptist Church Atrium, 900 Foster Avenue, Medinah, Illinois, 60157.

Because of his devotion to music education, a scholarship fund has been established in Blake’s name. Memorial contributions may be made to the Blake Wiener Woodwind Scholarship fund at VanderCook College of Music, 3140 S. Federal Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60616.




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