ABOUT ME - Beverly Wiebe-Brown
In my life, my priorities and passions are and have always been: #1-my relationship with God
and following His direction for my life - my faith, #2- my family- husband, children,
grandchildren, siblings and extended family, #3- music.
I grew up on a farm outside of the Henderson, NE community, child #8 of 9 children. Music
was important in my childhood. Piano lessons started for me at age 5. I began
accompanying around age 9. Singing came naturally. Literally, my daddy sang bass, mama
sang tenor, my sister and I filled in the alto and soprano. The rest of the family sang, too. I
have also played the trumpet, organ and accordion.
I am married to my soul mate, William A. Brown. We live in Cairo, Nebraska. We met through
music and have been married for 20 years. Bill is retired from education administration and
from property and casualty insurance. Recently, he became a certified Health and Life Coach,
and began his retirement career. He has served 20 years on the Volunteer Fire Department in
Cairo. We love sharing time together and sharing time with our children and grandchildren.
Our children are Heath and Barbara Wiebe, Mindee and Andrew, Vernon, TX, Dave and Erin
Woods, Adeline and William, Grand Island, NE, Stephen Brown, Lincoln, NE, Brett and Kara
Nedich, Amare’ and Onnyka, Halstead, KS and Bryce Wiebe, Louisville, KY. Three of our
grandchildren are in the 7th grade and three are in the 5th grade.
Studying music in college was the natural choice for me. I hold degrees in Sacred Music from
Grace University in Omaha, NE, Bachelor of Music Education from Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Goodwell, Oklahoma and a Master’s Degree of Fine Arts/Music Education from the University of Nebraska in Kearney, NE. In addition, I have completed numerous post graduate hours at the VoiceCare Institute at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota.
Twenty-three years of my adult life were spent in the Perryton, Texas area. I was a “stay at
home mom,” and was heavily involved in church music and private piano, voice and trumpet
instruction. After receiving my degree in Music Education, I taught 2 years in the Perryton
Independent School District, teaching MS/HS Vocal Music.
In 1994, I moved back to Nebraska and started teaching at Centura Public School. I taught
K-12 Vocal Music at Centura for 17 years. After leaving Centura, I spent 2 years substitute teaching. In 2013, I began teaching at Wood River Rural School District, as a Mentor and Part-time Music Teacher. This is my seventh year at WRRSD. I enjoy helping students explore and expand their musical gifts, prodding them to be even better than they think possible.
In addition to my part time position at WRRSD, I have a private music studio in my home. I serve 25-30 piano and vocal students.
A consistent thread that has permeated my life has been my love of music in all areas of my life. I have had the privilege of directing music in several churches and currently, I am the music director at the Cairo United Methodist Church in Cairo, NE.
Whether it is music instruction within a school, private studio, or church, I believe my talents
and abilities as a musician are gifts from God. I will share them as long as I am able.
Additional hobbies I enjoy are baking, cooking, reading, watching my grandchildren in their
activities and tending my flowers.
My favorite music quotes are:
“Where words fail, Music speaks.” "Singing is Praying Twice.”