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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, sings (voice part) with the group.

The Old Gold Singers is the UI show choir. An ensemble of the UI School of Music, the Old Gold Singers are led by UI graduate assistant Kevin Kriegel. The group consists of 28 singers, plus a seven-member instrumental combo.

The Old Gold Singers presented their first performance of the school year, the annual "Fall Festival," Oct. 9-10. Their next campus performance will be the holiday favorite "Cocoa and Carols," an annual family concert. This year's edition of "Cocoa and Carols" will be presented at 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 6 in Hancher Auditorium.

"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.

The Old Gold Singers is a select musical group whose members are chosen by audition. In addition to "Fall Festival" and "Cocoa and Carols," their campus performances include the annual "Swing Into Spring" concert. 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 "Cocoa and Carols" 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.

CARROLL: Matt Chambers, sophomore, tenor
CEDAR RAPIDS: Anne Gensicke, senior, alto; Kurt Kroemer, senior, bass
CENTERVILLE: Elizabeth Wehrle, sophomore, soprano
CLEAR LAKE: Jesse Reimer, junior, tenor
DAVENPORT: Sarah Melton, freshman, soprano ; Jerry Ortega, freshman, tenor;
EMMETSBURG: Kelly Van Oosbree, sophomore, alto
FORT DODGE: Anne Good, sophomore, soprano
FORT MADISON: Chris Smith, sophomore, bass
GARNER: Michelle Hessel, sophomore, alto
HUDSON: Adam Chittenden, junior, bass
LONG GROVE: Courtney Gilkison, senior, soprano
MANCHESTER: T.J. Besler, sophomore, baritone
MARION: Brian Matt, freshman, bass; Chad Vanourny, freshman, bass
MASON CITY: Chereen Lindstrom, senior, alto
MT. PLEASANT: Tedd McTee, sophomore, tenor
URBANDALE: Megan Bengard, junior, alto
WATERLOO: Jeremy Wilson, freshman, tenor

BUFFALO GROVE: Scott Sears, freshman, bass
NAPERVILLE: Sarah Keysor, freshman, soprano

BLOOMINGTON: Megan Holm, junior, soprano ; Jane Samsal, junior, soprano ; Brett Westrum, freshman, bass
PLYMOUTH: Jenni Behme, junior, soprano

THIENSVILLE: Heidi Arkebauer, sophomore, alto