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Local student plays in the University Symphony at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- (Name) of (hometown), a (class standing) at the University of Iowa, is playing (instrument) in the University Symphony.

The most prestigious of the many student ensembles at the UI School of Music, the University Symphony is filled by audition. The orchestra plays a series of free concerts on the UI campus and on tour, performing works from the standard orchestral repertoire. One of the UI's oldest cultural traditions, these concerts generally fill the lower level of Hancher Auditorium, drawing considerably more than 1,000 people.

The University Symphony also performs one choral-orchestral concert each semester and for the annual spring production of the UI Opera Theater.

The Symphony will play its first concert of the 1998-99 season at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 in Hancher Auditorium on the UI campus. The concert will be directed by William LaRue Jones, who is beginning his second year on the faculty of the UI School of Music. The program will also feature the first performance on campus of the Maia String Quartet, the UI School of Music's new quartet-in-residence, as soloists in Edward Elgar's Introduction and Allegro for string quartet and string orchestra.

Other works on the program will be the Water Music Suite of George Frideric Handel and the Symphony No. 5 of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich.

A UI music alumnus, Jones joined the faculty of the School of Music in 1997 as director of the University Symphony and director of orchestral studies. He replaced James Dixon, the director of the orchestra for more than 40 years, who retired at the end of the 1996-97 academic year. Prior to joining the UI faculty, Jones was the founding music director/administrator of the internationally recognized Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.

Jones is a highly honored musician, having received the Twin Cities Mayors' Public Art Award, the American String Teachers Association Exceptional Leadership and Merit Award and the David W. Preuss Leadership Award. He has also been selected Musician of the Year by Sigma Alpha Iota, a music honorary society.

Jones is conductor of the Bloomington (Minn.) Symphony and has appeared as a guest conductor with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonie Orchester AML-Luzern (Switzerland) and other orchestras around the world. He has conducted all-state and festival orchestras in 46 states and five Canadian provinces. He has been conductor-in-residence at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of Miami (Fla.).

Jones holds a Master of Fine Arts in music from the UI and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Additional University Symphony concerts under Jones' direction this fall will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Wednesday Nov. 11. Under the direction of William Hatcher, the University Symphony and combined choruses from the UI School of Music will present a performance of choral music as part of the UI's "Global Focus: Human Rights '98" series at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2. All performances are free and will be in Hancher Auditorium

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NOTE TO EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that a student from your community or readership area has been chosen to play with the University Symphony at the UI. Students are listed below, alphabetically by hometown, with Iowa towns listed first. Each listing includes the student's name, his/her address, class standing and the instrument he/she plays in the orchestra. Please note that listings are based on information provided by the students.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Anne Kapler, freshman, viola; Pamela Meier, freshman, violin; Sarah Toton, freshman, violin
CORALVILLE: Kanchana Iyer, freshman, violin; Lakshmi Kantameni, freshman, violin
DAVENPORT: Carrie Beaderstadt, freshman, violin; Marji Gere, sophomore, violin; Julia Holst, graduate, bass; Elizabeth Hopp, senior, bass; Lucy Kurylo, junior, viola
DES MOINES: Sarah Leavengood, junior, bass; Kevin Reynolds, freshman, violin
DUBUQUE: Margaret Darby, freshman, cello
FORT DODGE: Timothy Sievers, senior, percussion
GRINNELL: Wesley Phillips, junior, bass
IOWA CITY: Annelisa Arnone, graduate, violin; Natalie Brown, junior, violin; Keith Cole, freshman, violin; Ellen Gantz, senior, violin; Soshannah Roth, freshman, violin; Audrey Young, sophomore, violin
NORTH LIBERTY: Rochelle Honey, sophomore, viola
OTTUMWA: Jesse Helgerson, sophomore, viola
TAMA: Joseph Rebik, graduate, percussion
WATERLOO: Eric Coyne, junior, cello; Spencer Howard, graduate, violin; Vinh Nguyen, sophomore, cello
WEST DES MOINES: Megan Hanzlik, sophomore, oboe; Matthew Meyer, senior, violin
WEST LIBERTY: Steven Schultz, graduate, horn

KENSINGTON: Jeanete Welch, graduate, bass

WEST HARTFORD: Rebecca Hooper, senior, bass

EVANS: Catharine Jackson, graduate, horn
MARIETTA: Elizabeth King, freshman, cello

BLOOMINGTON: Sarah Lipert, freshman, violin
CARLINVILLE: Tom Drury, junior, violin
DECATUR: Bradley Palmer, graduate, trombone
LOMBARD: Lindsay McCracken, freshman, cello
MOLINE: Andrea Gustafson, freshman, cello
ROCKFORD: Anton Hatwich, junior, bass
WHEELING: Jennifer Price, freshman, violin

CHESTERTON: Jackie Emery, graduate, cello

CHELSEA: Beth Redding, sophomore, violin
GRAND RAPIDS: Cora Kuyvenhoven, graduate, cello
ST. CLAIR SHORES: James Ellis, graduate, cello

AUSTIN: Sarah Osboe, freshman, viola
BEMIDJI: Jamie Koester, graduate, trumpet
FAIRMONT: Andrea Beckendorf, graduate, bass
FERGUS FALLS: Mike Page, freshman, violin
ROCHESTER: Tara Vrabel, senior, violin


STARKVILLE: Sonja Feig, graduate, flute

CAMERON: Annette Machetta, graduate, clarinet
KANSAS CITY: Jon Donald, graduate, percussion; Stephen Sheperd, graduate, violin
LEE'S SUMMIT: Jennifer Nichols, freshman, viola

OMAHA: Bjorg Larson, freshman, viola

NORMAN: Joyce Kelley, graduate, cello

COLUMBIA: Alison Mann, senior, bass

MIDLAND: Kyle Gassiott, graduate, bass
WACO: Philip Martin, graduate, cello

WEST BEND: Sara Prahl, graduate, viola

CASPER: James Mothersbaugh, graduate, violin