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Release: Feb. 4, 2003

Students Participate In Honors Choir Festival Feb. 10-11

Students from (hometown) are among the 177 Iowa high school students from 52 Iowa communities attending the 30th annual Honors Choir Festival at the University of Iowa School of Music on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 9 and 10. The festival will conclude with a free public concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

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

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, and Kantorei, one of the major choral ensembles from the UI School of Music.

Under Stalter's direction, the Honors Choir will sing the Missa Brevis (Brief Mass) in D major of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Kantorei will perform works representing a variety of periods and styles, including the "Haec Dies" of English Renaissance composer William Byrd; "Das ist ein koestliches Ding" by Georg Schumann; "Thou, O Jehovah" by American composer Aaron Copland; and "Yver, vous n'estes qu'un villain" by Claude Debussy.

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 1999. He directs Kantorei, the premier choral ensemble of the School of Music, teaches graduate conducting courses, and oversees 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. A specialist in the music of the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods, he is known for his performances as the Evangelist in the Passions of J.S. Bach and Heinrich Schuetz. 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.

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

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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.

AINSWORTH: Highland High School - Steven Burda
BELLEVUE: Bellevue Community High School - Erica Dent, Scott Iosbaker, Timothy Monner, Michelle Purvis, Austin Putman
BETTENDORF: Bettendorf High School - Ashley Brummitt, James Ehrmann, Kelly Grimes, Amy Johannesen, Joe Kopacz, Eric Lindstrom, Christie White
BREDA: Kuemper High School - Jennifer Grabner, Megan Schettler
BRIGHTON: Washington High School - Tiffany Bean, Dana Mottet
BRYANT: East Central High School - Jana Matthiesen
CARROLL: Kuemper High School - Michael Barta, Nicole Dentlinger, Rachel Dieter, Patrick Giguere, Kurtis Heithoff, Brian Lenz, Lindsey Shelp
CEDAR FALLS: Northern University High School -- Emily Hershberger, Kent Schrad, CEDAR RAPIDS: Mt. Vernon High School -- Tiffany Clark
Xavier High School -- Lauren Fuemmeler, Peter Gierut, Julie Soukup
COLFAX: Colfax-Mingo High School -- Kim Carter, Will Edgar
COLUMBUS JUNCTION: Winfield-Mt. Union High School -- Ryan Gerling
CONRAD: BCLUW High School -- Molly Gallentine
CONROY: Williamsburg High School -- Nicholas Doehrmann
CORALVILLE: Iowa City West High School -- Caitie Collins, Jane Ebot, Paul Goodrich, Anne Myers, Mallory Sims
CRAWFORDSVILLE: Winfield-Mt. Union High School -- Leah Grothe
WACO High School -- Brandon Kaufman
DECATUR: Central Decatur High School -- Cameron Pinegar
DEWITT: Central Community High School -- Chaese Goddard, Danny Keegan, Rachel Vickers, Katharine Zimmer
DEXTER: West Central Valley High School -- Chris Mars
ELY: Mt. Vernon High School -- Courtney Frye
HARPER: Keota High School -- Bill Bickmeier, Stacie Hammen, Matthew Sieren
HILLS: Iowa City West High School -- David Wilkinson
HUMBOLDT: Humboldt High School -- Dan Dvorak, Andy Erickson, Laura Blair, Amanda Runia
IOWA CITY: Iowa City West High School -- Matt Boerjan, Skye Carrasco, Rebecca Cohen, Kyle Ellis, Rob Keech, Sam Kienzle, Dylan McDonald
Von Behren High School -- Megan McNulty
KALONA: Iowa Mennonite High School -- Ramona Beachy, Derrick Droz, Deuton Nissley
Mid-Prairie High School -- Rick Beckley, Erik Jorgensen, Shelly Merck, Becca Miller, Ashley Yotty
KEOTA: Keota High School -- Mike Alexander, Josh Carr, Sarah Carr, Aaron Ellis, Skyler Luers, Trev Temple
LAMOTTE: Bellevue Community High School -- Stacy Sommers
LEON: Central Decatur High School -- Trey Baldwin, Larissa Byler, Jason Foersch, Elizabeth Marcus, Renee Perry, Brittany Peterson, Cassie Peterson, Nicole Warren
LISBON: Mt. Vernon High School -- Annie Daly, Neal Reasland
LONE TREE: Lone Tree High School -- Katie Robbins, Paige Swanson, Andrew Varney
MARENGO: Williamsburg High School -- Caitlin Bean, Beriet Bichel, Taylen Keller, Kiley Witte
MENLO: West Central Valley High School -- Danielle Shelly, McKenzie Wallace
MILES: East Central High School -- Jill Badrick, Marcus Jacobs, Molly Robinson, Danyel Roling
MORNING SUN: Winfield-Mt. Union High School -- Heather Richards
MT PLEASANT: WACO High School -- Elizabeth Canby
Iowa Mennonite High School -- Kelsey Wyse
MT. VERNON: Mt. Vernon High School -- Tim Campagna, Clint Currie, Kit Currie, Holly Gunn, Tyler Leeper, Ben Legore, Jack Lob, Abbie Reihle, Jon Stoner, Anna Ternes, Erin Wright
MUSCATINE: Wilton High School -- Shannon Beatty, Sam Kinyon, Michelle Norton
REDFIELD: West Central Valley High School -- Katie Clifton, Sean Gallagher, Caroline Harvey, Courtney Loomis, Ashley Naberhaus
RIVERSIDE: Highland High School -- Brooke Davisson
Lone Tree High School -- Will Lacina
SABULA: East Central High School -- Brad Behan, Eric Marshall, Pierce Stark
STUART: West Central Valley High School -- Derek Broman, Jordan Moon, David Schwartzkopf, Katie Schwartzkopf, Clint Sloss, Maggie Stalter
TEMPLETON: Kuemper High School -- Abby Heithoff
TODDVILLE: Xavier High School -- David Hansen
VAIL: Kuemper High School -- Jon Neppel
WAPELLO: Wapello High School -- Kelsey Anderson, Tyler Finley, Chad Hinkle, Ali Liks
WASHINGTON: Washington High School -- Chad Cooley, Ryan Gibbs, Alissa Jewell, Stephanie Koehler, Mark Langr, Danny Marie, Jaron Rosien, Lindsay Soucek, Chris Widmer
WATERLOO: Northern University High School -- Ashley Dorris, Abhay Nadipuram
WAYLAND: WACO High School -- Edward Cardenas, John Piper, Natasha Rugg, Brittany Yutzy
WELLMAN: Mid-Praire High School -- Abby Gent, Sarah Gent, Ashley Reubin-Ford, Laura Richenberger
WILLIAMSBURG: Williamsburg High School -- Grayson Jones, Jonathan McClure, Jordan Meek, Rachel Von Ahsen
WILTON: Wilton High School -- Jameson Allen, Jackson Hanft, Briana Mosher, Jase Rohde, Nile Watkins-Schoenig
WINFIELD: Winfield-Mt. Union High School - Derek Klopfenstein, Ashley Mabeus, Tyler Phelps

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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