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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 28, 2004

Local Vocal Student Will Participate In Festival At UI Feb. 1-2

Students from (hometown) who participate in choral activities led by (teacher) at (school) are among the 92 Iowa high school students from schools and private voice studios attending the 30th annual Honors Choir Festival at the University of Iowa School of Music on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 1 and 2. The festival will conclude with a free public concert at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2 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 two choral ensembles from the UI School of Music, Kantorei and the University Choir.

Under Stalter's direction, the Honors Choir will sing music representing a variety of styles and periods: "Fanfare for a Festival" by Ron Nelson; "Consecrate this Place" and "Day" by Lloyd Pfautsch; and the "Magnificat" of Baroque composer Giovanni Battisti Pergolesi.

In their portion of the concert, Kantorei -- the top vocal group at the UI School of Music -- will sing music by Frank Martin and Paul Sjolund. The University Choir will sing three pieces from a concert it presented earlier of music about water: "Water Night" by Eric Whitacre, "Wade in the Water," a spiritual arranged by Norman Luboff, and "Cool Water," arranged by Kurt Runestad.

"This concert is a wonderful combination of voices, styles and ages," Stalter said. "The Honor Choir Festival is a musical event intended to give students from high schools around Iowa a chance to sing high quality literature. The students spend two whole days in rehearsals to prepare for this concert."

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.

University Choir is a select, advanced choir of 50-60 singers, primarily undergraduate students. University Choir performs several concerts on campus each year, and participates in performances of major choral works with the University Symphony.

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. He has appeared as tenor soloist with 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 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 and the names of students. The teacher's name follows 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.

CAMANCHE: Camanche High School - Jaime Bates, senior, soprano; Philip Bice, junior, baritone; Thomas Campie, baritone; Abbey Hart, sophomore, alto; Hans Hinrichsen, sophomore, tenor; Kristen Jones, senior, alto; Nuttapol Krissanajakrawat, senior, tenor; Dina Mumm, senior, alto (Carolyn Phelan)

CARROLL: Kuemper Catholic High School -- Megan Fitzsimmons, Kurt Heithoff, Sarah Koster, Brian Lenz, Casey Malloy, Rachel Riesberg, Lydia Schettler, Nick Wessling (Jeff Wicker)

COLFAX: Colfax-Mingo High School -- Victoria Birkenholtz, senior, alto; Jorden Borts, sophomore, tenor; Will Edgar, sophomore, bass; Krista Harmison, sophomore, alto; Anna Hunsberger, junior, soprano; Evan Karsjens, junior, bass; Stuart Patterson, junior, tenor; Amber Peterson, sophomore, soprano (Carolyn Warrick)
DELHI: Maquoketa Valley High School - Melanie Kintzle, Adam Ries, Amy Salow, Mike Salow (Beth Mueller)

ELDRIDGE: North Scott High School - Ross Grunwald, junior, tenor; Meckenzie Husske, junior, soprano; Taryn Krug, senior, alto; Kristen Moss, senior, alto; Danielle Nuti, senior, soprano; Eric Ridgeway, junior, bass (Lori Potts)

IOWA CITY: Von Behren Voice Studio -- Mallory Anderson, junior, soprano; Sam Kinzle, junior, tenor; Alison Wilder, senior, alto (Marie von Behren)

KALONA: Iowa Mennonite School - Derrick Droz, senior, tenor; Christina Leichty, senior, alto; Dirk Miller, junior, bass; Erica Yoder, junior, soprano (Bradley Kauffman)

KEOSAUQUA: Van Buren High School - Sabreana Johnston, Adam Kirchner (Marcie Atwood)

LEON: Central Decatur High School - Brandy Anderson, Trey Baldwin, Larissa Byler, John Cullinan, Jason Foersch, Elizabeth Marcus, Brittany Peterson, Cameron Pinegar (Linda Bachman)

LONE TREE: Lone Tree Community School -- Lindsay Allen, junior, soprano; Wendy Cook, junior, soprano; Semsa Ibrahimovic, sophomore, alto; Larry Jones, senior, tenor; Will Lacina, sophomore, tenor; Jack Larew, sophomore, bass; Kim Pearson, senior, alto (Megan Tresemer)

MT. VERNON: Mount Vernon High School -- Tim Campagna, senior, bass; Clint Currie, junior, bass; Annie Daly, soprano, junior; Amelia Gee, junior, alto; Ben Legore, junior, tenor; Shantel Munson, junior, alto; Jon Stoner, senior, tenor; Katie Wright, sophomore, soprano (Joleen Nelson)

NORTHWOOD: Northwood-Kensett High School -- Josh Kauffman, Laura Kuennen, Amanda Low, Chris Moe (Nikkole Koenig)

RIVERSIDE: Highland High School -- Brooke Davisson, sophomore, soprano; Dana Sorensen, senior, bass; Laura Temple, junior, tenor (Eric Royer)

STUART: West Central Valley High School -- Doug Broman, Courtney Loomis, Chris Mars, Trevor Nelson, Lindsie Read, Sarah Salazar, David Schwartzkopf, Danielle Shelley (Benjamin Joseph)

WASHINGTON: Washington Senior High School -- Braedon Garrett, Ryan Gibbs, Alissa Jewell, Molly Koehler, Joseph Lyons, Rachael Marie, Lindsay Soucek (Robert Youngquist)

WILTON: Wilton Jr/Sr High School -- Jameson Allen, junior, bass; Sam Kinyon, sophomore, baritone; Amber McNamara, senior, alto; Brianna Mosher, senior, soprano (Bev Reuter)

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,