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Release: Feb. 2, 2001

Local students participate in Honors Choir Festival at UI Feb. 11 and 12

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Students from (hometown) who participate in choral activities led by (teacher) at (school) are among the 190 Iowa high school students from 25 school districts attending the 28th annual Honors Choir Festival at the University of Iowa School of Music on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 11 and 12. The festival will conclude with a free public concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in the UI Hancher Auditorium.

The local students participating in the festival are (names and voices).

During the two-day event, students learn vocal techniques and rehearse music for the concert with Timothy Stalter, UI director of choral activities. Their school choral directors participate in choral seminars and workshops during the festival.

Monday’s concert will feature the Honors Choir, made up of students attending the festival; Kantorei, the UI School of Music's premier vocal ensemble; and the UI Chamber Orchestra. Stalter will conduct the concert.

Under Stalter’s direction, the Honors Choir will sing music representing a variety of styles and periods: "Gloria" from the "Heiligmesse" (Holy mass) by Franz Joseph Haydn; "The Loveliest of Tress" by Mulholland; and arrangements of folk songs "A Capitol Ship" for men’s chorus, "Hotaru Koi" for women’s chorus, and "Byker Hill" for the entire group.

Kantorei will perform the madrigal "Il bianco e dolce cigno" (The sweet white swan) by Jacob Arcadelt; "Caedmon’s Hymn" by UI faculty member David Gompper; and arrangements of three spirituals.

The concert will close with the anthem "Zadok the Priest" by George Frideric Handel, performed by the Honors Choir together with Kantorei and the UI Chamber Orchestra.

Composed primarily of graduate students in the voice and choral conducting areas, Kantorei performs on the UI campus and tours throughout the Midwest and the world. In past years, the group has made several international tours, including trips in 1996 to participate in an International Choral Competition in Tolosa, Spain, and in 1994 to the World Choral Festival in Seoul, South Korea. Kantorei has also performed for regional and national conventions of the ACDA in 1992, 1993 and 1998.

Stalter joined the UI faculty as director of choral activities in August. He directs Kantorei, teaches graduate conducting courses and administers the graduate program in choral conducting.
An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, he frequently presents clinics and workshops in choral conducting around the United States.

In addition to conducting and teaching choral music, Stalter is active as a tenor soloist in the United States and abroad. He has appeared as tenor soloist with the Newfoundland Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in France, the Robert Shaw Chamber Choir in Atlanta, the Classical Music Seminar and Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. He has recorded as tenor soloist with conductor Robert Shaw on two compact discs released on the Telarc label.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts.

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EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that students from your community or readership area are participating in the Honors Choir Festival at the UI School of Music. The students are listed below, arranged alphabetically by town. Each town is followed by school names, the names of students and the voice part that each sings. Please note that the list is based on information provided by the students; your are advised to check for listings under all the communities in your readership areas. For clarification, or to arrange local photo opportunities, you may contact the local schools.


Agency: Cardinal Community High School -- Courtney Smith, soprano

Ainsworth: Highland Community High School -- Steven Burda, bass; Tara Burda, alto; Julianne Ossman, alto

Alburnett: North Linn High School -- Holly Nielsen, soprano

BELLEVUE: Bellevue Community High School -- Josiah Ditzler, tenor; Krista Dye, soprano; Aaron Gould, bass; Derek Monner, tenor; Stephanie Mueller, soprano

Bettendorf: Bettendorf High School -- Lisa Eakman, soprano; Rob Mackenzie, bass; Betsy McGovern, alto; Tony Seward, tenor; Molly Skovronsky, soprano; Chris Taylor, soprano

St. Katharine’s/ St. Mark’s High School -- Ashley W. Poust, bass

Bloomfield: Cardinal Community High School -- Amy Elmore, soprano

Brighton: Washington High School -- Tiffany Bean, alto; Rebekah Ide, soprano

Bryant: East Central High School -- Joe Lackas, tenor

Cedar Falls: Northern University -- Lacey Brakebill, alto; Ian Cawley, tenor; Ben Oleson, bass; Sami Renfro, soprano

Cedar Rapids: Cedar Rapids Prairie High School -- Amanda Crosby, soprano; Lisa Gutierrez, alto

Mt. Vernon High School -- Amy Friedl, soprano

clive: West Des Moines Valley High School -- Amy Hoeksema, alto; Stacy Johnson, alto

Coggon: North Linn High School -- Lynette Wickman, alto

Colfax: Colfax-Mingo High School -- Victoria Birkenholtz, alto; Kelsie Goodman, soprano; Josh Hopkins, bass; Clint Russell, tenor; Krista Warrick, alto

conroy: Williamsburg High School -- Chad Huedepohl, bass

Crawfordsville: WACO High School -- Amanda Butler, soprano; Kandace Hudson, soprano; Emily Lewis, soprano; Tim Wilson, tenor

DAVENPORT: Bettendorf High School -- Libby Wiese, alto

St. Katharine’s/St. Mark’s High School -- Aldino Frassinelli, tenor; Nate Holbrook, bass; Alisha Kumar, soprano

DAYTON: Southeast Webster High School -- Bee Tell, soprano

Dexter: West Central-Stuart High School -- Ben Schemmel, bass; Kevin Smith, bass

Durant: Durant High School -- Jane Bladel, soprano; Stephanie Bohlen, soprano; Chad Ketelsen, tenor; Amie Sassano, soprano; Gregg Schmidt, bass; Jill Semsch, soprano

Eldridge: North Scott High School -- June Coons, soprano; Mary Dix, alto; Joe Kelly, tenor; Nick Mixdorf, bass; Mark Scheibe, bass

Ely: Cedar Rapids Prairie High School -- Tabitha Ireland, alto

Fort Dodge: Fort Dodge High School -- Tiffany Brown, alto; Doug Cochrane, tenor; Ashlie Farmer, soprano; Sarah Kahle, soprano; Ryan Sassman, bass

HARCOURT: Southeast Webster High School -- Erin Hade, alto

Homestead: Clear Creek Amana High School -- Annie Trumpold, soprano

IOWA CITY: City High School -- Hillary Foster, alto; Brie Nixon, alto

Iowa Mennonite High School -- Johanna Bontrager, alto; Mark Crawford, tenor

Solon High School -- Andy Thomas, tenor

West High School -- Luke Tschantz, bass

Jefferson: Jefferson-Scranton High School -- Andy Alexander, tenor; Ashley Friday, alto; Travis Friess, tenor; Megan Moore, alto; Lisa Rasmussen, soprano; Matt Schwarzkopf, bass

Kalona: Iowa Mennonite High School -- Joni Beachy, alto; Cristina Yoder, alto

Keota: Keota High School -- Mike Alexander, tenor; Jill Bader, soprano; Julie Davis, alto; JD Greiner, bass

LA MOTTE: Bellevue Community High School -- Rachel Swift, alto

LEHIGH: Southeast Webster High School -- AJ Westrum, bass

Lone Tree: Lone Tree High School -- Arin Hotz, soprano; Katie Robbins, soprano; Paige Swanson, soprano; Andrew Varney, tenor

Leon: Central Decatur High School -- Anna Arnold, soprano; Marci Durell, soprano; Kris Lindsey, bass; Bridgette Sage, soprano; Kelsie Vanderflute, soprano; Nicole Warren, soprano

Lisbon: Mt. Vernon High School -- Ellen Daly, soprano

Long Grove: North Scott High School -- Michaela Krug, alto

Manly: North Central High School -- Justin Benjegerdes, bass; James Lorentzen, bass; Stacey Schulte, soprano; Laura Vance, alto

Marshalltown: Marshalltown High School -- Hailey Novak, soprano

Mason City: North Central High School -- Toni Marie Davis, alto

Menlo: West Central-Stuart High School -- Chris Nelson, tenor

MILES: East Central High School -- Wendy Hankemeier, alto; Stephanie Kroymann, soprano

Mingo: Colfax-Mingo High School -- Karen Schwartztrauber, soprano

Mt. Vernon: Mt. Vernon High School -- Shauna Diane Applebee, alto; Diana Brace, soprano; Jenny Dotson, alto; Sarah Loan, alto; Sarah Ludwig, soprano; Adrian Ross-Boon, bass; Rachel Sauter, soprano; Miles Schultz, tenor; Josh Stoll, bass; Jonathan Stoner, tenor

muscatine: Wilton High School -- Shannon Beatty, alto; Renee Glass, alto; Michelle Norton, soprano

north english: Williamsburg High School -- Sam McDonald, tenor

North Liberty: Cedar Rapids Prairie High School -- Anthony Jensen, bass

Norway: Cedar Rapids Prairie High School -- Derek Miller, tenor

Oxford: Clear Creek Amana High School -- Kelly Willman, soprano

parnell: Williamsburg High School -- Cassie Milder, soprano

Plymouth: North Central High School -- Sarah Kirkpatrick, soprano; Nathan Pearce, bass

Redfield: West Central-Stuart High School -- Caroline Harvey, alto; Chad Osler, tenor; Sarah Paardekooper, soprano; Jeremy Scott, bass

Riverside: Highland Community High School -- Kate Duwa, alto; John Lamping, tenor; Tanya Rossman, soprano; Dana Sorensen, tenor; Laura Sorensen, alto; Dana Thomann, soprano; Amanda Yoder, alto

Sabula: East Central High School -- Tom Leonard, bass

SOLON: Solon High School -- Schuyler Dingbaum, bass; Megan Jerred, soprano; Kara Mitchell, alto

Stockton: Durant High School -- Todd Frick, bass

STUART: West Central-Stuart High School -- Ryan Beaman, tenor; Derek Broman, bass; Adam Horn, tenor; Michael Moon, tenor; Ben Rezab, tenor; Katie Schwartzkopf, alto; Jane Stalter, alto

Swisher: Cedar Rapids Prairie High School -- James Lanphere, bass; Aaron Mara, tenor

Urbandale: West Des Moines Valley High School -- Natalie Patton, alto

Walford: Cedar Rapids Prairie High School -- Chelsea Tiernan, soprano

Walker: North Linn High School -- Andrew Boddicker, bass; Tanner Cook, tenor

WASHINGTON: Washington High School -- Emily Jewell, soprano; George Marie, bass; Megan-Jo Schultz, alto; Amy Smith, soprano; Heather Youngquist, soprano

Wayland: Iowa Mennonite High School -- Andy Slabaugh, bass

WACO High School -- Kristi Boshart, soprano; Laurel Mast, alto; John Piper, tenor

Wellman: Iowa Mennonite High School -- Ashleigh Miller, soprano

Keota High School -- Andrea Bennett, alto; Matt Miller, bass

West des moines: West Des Moines Valley High School -- Jake Bouma, tenor; Kathryn Brown, soprano; Joe Fallert, tenor; Andy Herzberg, bass; Annie Reser, soprano; Greg Rice, tenor; Dustin Schmidt, bass; Deb Winters, soprano

williamsburg: Williamsburg High School -- Keith Becker, bass; Sarah McCallister, alto; Chelsea Rodgers, alto; Lucas Schaefer, bass; Bethany Schrebbe, soprano

Wilton: Durant High School -- Donny Trana, bass

Wilton High School -- Briana Mosher, soprano; Michelle Onken, soprano; Joel Rohde, tenor


ROCK ISLAND: St. Katharine’s/St Mark’s High School -- Allison Nefzger, alto