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Release: Feb. 8, 2002

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

Students from (hometown) are among 37 high school string players from 13 schools participating in the annual Honor String Orchestra at the University of Iowa School of Music on Sunday, 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 8 p.m. Sunday 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 2002-2003 academic year.

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

Jones organized the Honor Orchestra in 2001 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 a 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 two works for strings on the Feb. 17 concert: a string orchestra version of the “Andante Cantabile” movement of the String Quartet No. 1, op. 11, by Piotr llyich Tchaikovsky, and the Serenade, op.11, by Dag Ivar Wiren.

To conclude the concert, the UI Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra will play the Finale from Antonin Dvorak’s “New World “Symphony, with graduate student Timothy Dixon as conductor.

Tchaikovsky wrote his String Quartet No. 1 while a student at the Petersburg Conservatoire in 1871. The quartet gained immense popularity largely because of the power of the second movement, the “Andante Cantabile,” which has been arranged in various versions for performance.

Tchaikovsky admitted that the principle melody was inspired by a folk tune he heard being sung by a plasterer outside his window while on a visit to his sister’s country estate in the summer of 1869. Much of the work’s success, however, comes from Tchaikovsky’s development of the folk tune, which is interwoven with an original melody to provide optimal lyricism.

Wiren is not a well-known name outside of his native Sweden. He studied music at the Stockholm Conservatory and then in Paris before returning to Sweden in 1934 to work as a music critic. The Serenade is the one work that has helped him gain recognition in the orchestral realm. He wrote the Serenacefor the Stockholm Chamber Orchestra, who premiered it in 1948. He has also composed other works, including an opera, film music, songs, and chamber music, but none of these works have afforded him the same following in Sweden as the Serenade.

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.


BURLINGTON: Burlington High School -- Jennifer Ahern, bass, senior; Evan Pratt, violin, senior (Claudia J. Lyons)

CEDAR RAPIDS: Kennedy High School -- Thanhmai Dotran, violin, sophomore (Joe Hall)

DAVENPORT: West High School -- Lindsay Albert, violin, senior; Sydney Schaar, violin, junior (Carol Phoenix)

IOWA CITY: City High School -- Brooke Accaregui, violin, junior; Maren Allen, violin, sophomore; Jessica Bentley, cello, sophomore; Ruth Bergman, violin, junior; Sarah Byram, bass, sophomore; Nic Coffman, bass, freshman; Joanna Dawson, cello, sophomore; Krista Dotzel, viola, freshman; Virginia Drier, violin, sophomore; Kate Folk, viola, junior; William Gentzsch, violin, freshman; Emmett Hanick, bass, junior; Barbara Linhardt, cello, junior; Erilynn Russo, cello, senior; Will Samorey, violin, junior; Chris Williams, viola, junior; Sarah Wilson, violin, sophomore (Candace Wiebener)

LE MARS: Le Mars Community High School -- Meredith French, viola, junior (Ted Hallberg)

MT. PLEASANT: Mt. Pleasant Senior High School -- Nick Thornberg, violin, junior (Joanne T. Ancell)

SIOUX CITY: East High School -- Michael Luebke, cello, freshman; Seth May-Patterson, viola, freshman; Kyle Ringgenberg, violin, junior; Stephen Warren, violin, junior; Ashley Wendel, violin, senior (Eleanor May-Patterson)

North High School -- Sarah Dees, cello, junior (Peter Iversen)


MANKATO: Mankato East Senior High School -- Dawn Chute, cello, senior (David Uruess)

STILLWATER: Stillwater Area High School -- Steven Hainlen, violin, sophomore; Alex Kisselburg, cello, sophomore; Katie McMullen, violin, senior (James Hainlen)


OMAHA: Marian High School -- Meghan Stephan, viola, sophomore (Karen M. Marble)


MILWAUKEE: Hamilton High School -- Cassandra Narewski, violin, junior (Jim Davis)

WEST BEND: West Bend West High School -- Danielle Allie, cello, junior (Christopher Kraly)