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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 22, 2004

Local Students Attend Honor String Orchestra At UI

Students from (hometown) are among 54 high school string players from five states participating in the annual Honor String Orchestra at the University of Iowa School of Music Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31.

The activities will conclude with a free public concert under the direction of William LaRue Jones, director of the University of Iowa Symphony, at 7 p.m. Saturday evening, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Students attending the event play in the orchestra at (name of school). Students playing in the UI Honor Orchestra are: (name of student; year in school; instrument; the son/daughter of parents' names).

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.

"This festival is specifically designed to provide for excellent string players the unique opportunity to experience an intense, day-long, workshop with other talented youth from throughout the Midwest," Jones said. "The University of Iowa School of Music is pleased to sponsor this festival at no cost to its participants. The repertoire has been selected to invigorate, stimulate and musically stretch each student."

The Honor String Orchestra will perform three works: "Irish tune from County Derry" -- better known as the song "Danny Boy" -- as arranged by Percy Grainger; "Lady Radnor's Suite" by Hubert Parry; and the Octet for Strings in E-flat major by Felix Mendelssohn.

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 has appeared as a guest conductor with a wide array of professional, festival, collegiate and student ensembles throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. He has conducted over 70 All-State orchestras with additional festival/clinics in most of the 50 states and Canadian provinces. He is a member of the conducting faculty at the International Workshops where he also serves as conductor of the International String Orchestra. He also is the founding artistic director of the Conductors Workshop of America.

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.

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 Honor String 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, the year in school, the instrument that each plays and the parents' names. 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 school or orchestra director.

BURLINGTON: Burlington High School - Charlie Pratt, sophomore, cello, David & Becky Pratt; Molly Pratt, senior, viola, David & Becky Pratt; Amy Pirtle, freshman, cello, Dan & Leigh Pirtle; Clayton Tillotson, freshman, violin, Danny & Kylene Tillotson

IOWA CITY: West High School - Asale Hubbard, senior, violin, James & Deborah Hubbard; Anne Langguth, junior, viola, Brad & Nancy Langguth
MARION: Linn-Marr High School - Sara Hemmingson, junior, cello, Michael Hemmingson & Shirley Pike

MT. VERNON: Mt. Vernon High School - Allie Chadwick, freshman, cello, Barbara Chadwick; Melanie Corpe, sophomore, cello, Duane Corpe & Colleen Kobe; Nicole Gnatek, sophomore, violin, Laura Gnatek; Elizabeth Klaus, junior, viola, John Klaus & Heidi Hormann; Neal Reasland, senior, cello; Ray & Nancy Reasland; Molly Thornton, junior, violin, John & Karen Thornton; Aryn Walton, junior, viola, Doug & Linda Walton

PELLA: Pella High School - Cole Guillien, sophomore, cello, Vince & Sara Guillien; Alli Linn, junior, cello, Myron & Leanne Linn; Savannah Veenstra, senior, viola, Bradley & Cheryl Veenstra; Amanda Wills, junior, viola, Kim & Diane Wills
SIOUX CITY: Sioux City East High School - Matt Anderson, freshman, violin, Dave & Sherry Anderson; Kali Lewis, sophomore, viola, James & Penny Lewis; Michael Luebke, junior, cello, John & Shirley Luebke; Esther Moss, freshman, violin, Art & Linell Moss; Claire May-Patterson, freshman, viola, Dan & Eleanor Patterson; Seth Patterson, junior, viola, Dan & Eleanor Patterson; Luke Scroggin, freshman, violin, Dana & Karen Scroggin; Lisa Smith, freshman, violin, Ron & Connie Smith; Kelsey Swaney, freshman, viola, Kevin & Teresa Swaney; Rebecca Vanderham, sophomore, violin, Sandy Vanderham; Amah Vollstedt, junior, violin, Toni Sayavong; Jolie Farley-Wamberg, freshman, violin & viola, Steve & Jean Farley-Wamberg

STERLING: Newman Central Catholic High School - Bill Eberley, sophomore, string bass, Bill & Paula Eberley; Megan Edwards, freshman, violin, Mike & Veronica Edwards; Betsy Henkel, junior, violin, Jim & Laurie Henkel; Tess Henkel, freshman, cello, Jim & Laurie Henkel; Patricia Vock, junior, violin, Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Vock

PLYMOUTH: Wayzata High School - Jonathan Choih, junior, violin, Won & Choon Choih; Rachel Dorr, senior, violin, Stan & Gretchen Dorr; Danielle Gaudette, senior, viola, David & Jeanie Gaudette; Ben Johnson, senior, bass, Terry & Andrea Rey; Tom Zhou, junior, violin, Xianzheng Zhou & Xin Huang

ST. CLOUD: Technical High School - Alex Corbett, sophomore, violin, Michael & Joni Corbett

ST. PAUL: Henry Sibley High School - Jacob Pierson, junior, bass, Marlin & Nancy Pierson; Grace Stone, junior, violin, Peter & Nancy Stone

WELCH: Hastings High School - Kelsey Plucker, senior, viola, Jim & Judy Plucker

KEARNEY: Kearney High School - Matt Stromberg, senior, double bass, Randy & Sue Stromberg

NORFOLK: Norfolk Senior High School - Ashley Andrews, junior, violin, Colin & Carol Andrews; Jenny Goforth, senior, violin, Edward & Sharon Goforth; Brandi Oviedo, senior, cello, Frank & Jane Oviedo

RIVERDALE: Kearney High School - Cassandra Johnson, senior, violin, R. Guy & Patricia Johnson

DELAFIELD: Homeschool - Karen Landay, junior, violin, Bruce & Barbara Landay

SHAWANO: Shawano High School - Brianna Huffman, senior, viola, Guy & Heather Huffman; Amy Warmenhoven, junior, bass, Pete & Patti Warmenhoven

WEST BEND: West Bend East High School - Jennifer Gergetz, junior, violin, Joseph & Patricia Gergetz; Kirsten Mitchel, junior, cello, Andy & Christine Mitchel

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072,