CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Local student appears with University of Iowa Old Gold Singers
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- (Name) of (hometown) is a member of the popular Old Gold
Singers at the University of Iowa.
(Name), a (class standing) at the UI, is a graduate of (high school). S/he
sing (voice part) with the group.
The Old Gold Singers is the University of Iowa show choir. An ensemble of
the UI School of Music, the Old Gold Singers are led by UI graduate assistant
Bret Peppo. The group consists of 34 singers, plus a nine-member instrumental
The Old Gold Singers' next performance will be the annual holiday favorite,
"Cocoa and Carols." This year's edition, featuring Santa riding
in a horse-drawn sleigh, will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and
at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 in Hancher Auditorium on the UI campus.
"Cocoa and Carols" is traditionally one of the most popular holiday
events for Iowa City-area audiences. The program features holiday favorites,
including well-known Christmas carols, and a perennial favorite, a "Rudolph
the Red-Nosed Reindeer" sing-along.
A different choir of children will sing at each of the three performances:
the Iowa City Girls Choir directed by Vicky Arnold at the Saturday performance;
the Willowwind Children's Choir directed by Nancy Macfarlane at the Sunday
2 p.m. performance; and the Cedar Rapids Children's Chorus directed by Jennifer
Lumpa at the Sunday 6 p.m. performance.
Also appearing on the program will be the Iowa City Chamber Singers directed
by Ken Phillips on Saturday, and the Iowa City Old Capitol Chorus directed
by former Old Gold Singers director James Berry at the Sunday evening performance.
As is traditional for "Cocoa and Carols," Santa Claus will be a
guest star and hot cocoa will be served to guests in the lobby after performances.
A special feature of this year's performances, the sleigh will appear in
the "Winter Wonderland" Medley sequence and return with Santa for
the grand finale of the show. The sleigh, a renovated antique, belongs to
Deep River farmer Chuck Kiner. An experienced animal trainer, Kiner has previously
provided four-legged extras for UI Opera Theater performances.
The Old Gold singers are a select musical group whose members are chosen
by audition. In addition to "Cocoa and Carols," their campus performances
include the annual "Swing Into Spring" and "Fall Festival"
concerts. The group also travels throughout Iowa, performing for schools and
community groups. Past tours outside the state have taken them to New York,
Washington, D.C. and New Orleans.
Tickets for the event will be $9.50 general admission, $6.50 for UI students,
seniors and youths. Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays,
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or
outside Iowa, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois
is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged
to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases
to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option
of payroll deduction.
People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should
dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel
prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and
seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with
TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.
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NOTE TO EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that a UI student from
your community or readership area is a member of the 1997-98 Old Gold Singers.
Names are listed below by hometown, with Iowa towns listed first. For each
town, the name of the high school(s) from which the student(s) graduated are
listed, followed by the students' names, class standing at the UI and voice
part in the Old Gold Singers. Please note that hometown listings are based
on information provided by the students.
ALBIA: Albia High School -- Mark Maddy, senior, bass
CEDAR RAPIDS: Jefferson High School -- Kurt Kroemer, junior, bass; Amy
Muzingo, sophomore, soprano
Kennedy High School -- Anne Gensicke, junior, alto
CLINTON: Clinton High School -- Angela Dixon, freshman, alto; Maria Gimenez,
DAVENPORT: Davenport West High School -- Ryan Lehman, junior, bass; Corry
Spies, junior, bass
DES MOINES: West Des Moines Dowling High School -- Ben Geres, sophomore,
FORT DODGE: Fort Dodge High School -- Anne Good, freshman, soprano; James
Haase, freshman, bass; Lisa Redenius, junior, soprano
FORT MADISON: Fort Madison High School -- Chris Smith, freshman, bass
HUDSON: Hudson High School -- Aaron Chittenden, senior, bass; Adam Chittenden,
IOWA CITY: Iowa City High School -- Bryan Plumb, sophomore, bass
Iowa City West High School -- Jarad Parker, graduate, tenor
JOHNSTON: Johnston High School -- Megan Bengard, sophomore, alto
LUVERNE: LuVerne High School -- Molly Burns, freshman, soprano
MARSHALLTOWN: Marshalltown High School -- Ben Hagen, sophomore, accompanist
MASON CITY: Mason City High School -- Chereen Lindstrom, junior, alto
SIOUX CITY: Sioux City North High School -- Clark Sturdevant, freshman,
Sioux City South High School -- Amanda Sprague, senior, soprano
URBANDALE: Urbandale High School -- Megan Franzen, junior, alto
WELLMAN: Mid Prairie High School -- Collette Conway, freshman, soprano
HILO: Hilo High School -- Jennie Goya, junior, alto
ALGONQUIN: Archbishop Wood High School -- Tammy Konci, senior, alto
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS: Whelling High School -- Jeffrey Bergey, freshman, bass
CARY GROVE: Gary Grove High School -- Mike Broman, sophomore, tenor
CASEY: Casey Westfield High School -- Bret Peppo, graduate, director
METAMORA: Metamora High School -- Michael Dutton, junior, tenor
LEONARDTOWN: Dekalb High School -- William Anderson, sophomore, bass
BLOOMINGTON: Jefferson High School -- Jane Samsal, sophomore, soprano;
Ashley Stockwell, junior, soprano
ROCHESTER: Mayo High School -- John Maragos, junior, bass
THIENSVILLE: Homestead High School -- Heidi Arkebauer, freshman, alto