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Release: Feb. 2, 2001

Local students participate in first Honor String Orchestra at UI Feb. 17

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Students from (hometown) are among 47 high school string players from four states participating in the first annual Honor Orchestra at the University of Iowa School of Music on Saturday, Feb. 17. The day’s activities will conclude with a free public concert under the direction of William LaRue Jones, the director of the University of Iowa Symphony, at 6 p.m. Saturday evening, in Clapp Recital Hall at the UI.

Students attending the event play in the orchestra at (name of school), which is directed by (name of teacher). Students playing in the UI Honor Orchestra are: (names of students).

During their one-day visit to the UI campus, the students will rehearse for the evening concert, and attend a brief recital and master class presented by the string faculty of the UI School of Music. High school seniors will have the opportunity to audition for admission to the UI School of Music for the 2001-2002 academic year.

Students were selected for the Honor Orchestra by the recommendation of their high school orchestra directors.

Jones organized the Honor Orchestra along the lines of similar events that are held for high school band and choir students. "I wanted to provide an opportunity for talented students to share an experience in music making, to work with the outstanding string faculty at the university and to meet other gifted students from around the Midwest," he said.

The Honor Orchestra will perform three works for strings on the Feb. 17 concert: the Overture in C minor by Franz Schubert, "Sospiri" (Sighs) by Sir Edward Elgar, and the Prelude from "Lady Radnor’s Suite" by C. Hubert Parry.

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. 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 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.

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 Honor Orchestra 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 instrument that each plays. The name of the local orchestra teacher appears at the end of each school’s listing. Please note that the list is based on information provided by the students; we have given you all the information we currently have available. Information is listed by the students’ hometowns, rather than the towns where the schools are located, so you should check for listings under all the communities in your readership area. For clarification, or to arrange local photo opportunities, you may contact the local orchestra director.


BLUE GRASS: Davenport West High School -- Lindsay Albert, violin, junior (Kerry Goodwin)

BURLINGTON: Burlington High School -- Katherine Pirtle, violin; Evan Pratt, violin, junior (Claudia J. Lyons)

CEDAR RAPIDS: Kennedy High School -- Pearl Alexander, bass, senior; Thanhmai Dotran, violin, freshman (Joe Hall)

DAVENPORT: West High School -- Sydney Schaar, violin, sophomore (Kerry Goodwin)

HIAWATHA: Kennedy High School -- Dam Zamzow, cello, junior (Joe Hall)

IOWA CITY: City High School -- Julie Bender, cello, junior; Ruth Bergman, violin, sophomore; Elizabeth Byram, viola, junior; Ashley Calkins, cello, junior; Tim Chung, violin, sophomore; Cassye Dunkhase, cello, junior; Conor Hanick, violin, senior; Emmett Hanick, bass, sophomore; Will Hobart, cello, junior; Robin Karkowski-Schelar, viola, junior; Kristin Lee, violin, sophomore; Brian Lenth, viola, senior; Elizabeth Matzen, violin, junior; Molly Monserud, bass, junior; Aaron Plattner, bass, senior; Erin Ponto, harp, junior; Erilynn Russo, cello, junior; Megan Smith, viola, junior; Molly Stapleton, violin, junior; (Candace Wiebener)

West High School -- Rachel Graber, violin, senior; John Hegeman, violin, sophomore; Bridget Kearney, bass; Finn Kolsrud, violin, sophomore; Jopei Shih, viola, junior; Jon Thelander, cello, junior (Wayne Thelander)

IRETON: LeMars Community High School -- Tim Barker, violin, junior (Ted Hallberg)

LEMARS: LeMars Community High School -- Meredith French, viola, sophomore (Ted Hallberg)

MERRILL: Le Mars Community High School -- Robin Yoerger, violin, senior; Amy Kass, viola, senior (Ted Hallberg)

WILTON: Durant High School -- Donny Trana, violin, sophomore; Betsy Trana, cello, freshman (David Gott)


BATAVIA: Batavia High School -- Helen Bogda, violin, senior (Lori Rollins)

MOLINE: Moline Senior High School -- Rebekah Cannon, violin, senior (Amber Dahlen)


MARSHALL: Marshall Senior High School -- Heather Leffelman, violin, junior (Jane Christianson)


MIDDLETON: Middleton High School -- Amelia Barber, violin, junior; Rachel Glab, violin, junior; Kynan Shook, cello, senior (Steve Kurr)

WEST BEND: West Bend High School -- Nicholas Zwirlein, cello, senior (Christopher Kraly)