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Oct. 25, 2004

University Choir Will Sing Sacred And Secular Music Nov. 5

The University Choir, one of the major choral ensembles at the University of Iowa School of Music, will give a concert of sacred and secular music at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, under the direction of UI Director of Choral Activities Timothy Stalter, will be free and open to the public.

The University Choir is a select, advanced choir of approximately 50 singers, primarily undergraduate students. The group presents concerts of its own each semester, in addition to participating in combined choral performances with the University Symphony.

The Nov. 5 concert will include a section of sacred music and a section of secular music and folk songs. The sacred programming will feature motets by Antonio Lotti, Heinrich Schuetz and Knut Nystedt, and the Te Deum in C major by Benjamin Britten.

The secular works are "Three Songs" by Ivor Gurney -- "Under the Greenwood Tree," "Sleep" and "Spring" -- "Cindy, " a traditional folk song arranged by Carol Barnett; "Three North Country Folk Songs" arranged by Philip Wilby -- "The Farmer's Boy," "Marianne" and "Byker Hill" and "The Terrible Tale of Tom Gilligan" by John Rutter.

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 administers the graduate program in choral conducting. He has research interests in teaching conducting to undergraduate and graduate students and historical music performance practices. 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 Apollo's Fire, 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.

Prior to coming to the UI, Stalter was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Goshen College in Indiana. He received a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, where he studied with renowned choral conductor Robert Fountain, and a masters from the University of Illinois, where he studied with Don Moses, who was UI director of choral activities in the 1980s.

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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