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Sept. 24, 2004

'Choral Collage' Features Four UI Choral Groups Oct. 8

The University of Iowa School of Music will present its annual "Choral Collage," a gala concert featuring four separate choral groups -- the Women's Chorus, Kantorei, Camerata Singers and University Choir -- at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will be free and open to the public.

Timothy Stalter, the director of choral activities at the School of Music, said he likes to start the year by giving each group the chance to perform a short program. "We had our first Collage concert last year, and it worked out well for everyone," he said.

"We like to do this to give each group something to work for early in the year -- a focus for their efforts before November.

"Since no single group has to carry a whole concert, they can concentrate on a few pieces and polish something early on, without having to do too much. That is beneficial to the conductors and singers alike. And it also gives us all an extra opportunity to perform during the fall."

The relatively brief concert will also give the audience an opportunity to sample a wide variety of choral repertoire, as presented by the four groups.

The Women's Chorus will perform under conductor Fred Kiser, a graduate assistant in the School of Music, with student accompanist Neil Bubke. They will perform three pieces: "A Girl's Garden" from "Frostiana" by Randall Thompson; "Mocking of Youth" by Bela Bartok; and "Linden Lea" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, arranged by Julius Harrison.

Camerata will perform under conductor Timothy Dickey from the School of Music faculty, with student accompanist Brian Baile. They will perform four works: "Hallelujah Halleli" and "Nafshi/Psalm 146" by Salamone Rossi; "Be not afraid" by Felix Mendelssohn; and "The Best of All Possible Worlds" from "Candide" by Leonard Bernstein.

The University Choir will perform under Stalter, with student accompanist Joshua Russel. They will perform three works: "Crucifixus" by Antonio Lotti; "The Terrible Tale of Tom Gilligan" by John Rutter; and "Byker Hill," an English folk song arranged by Philip Wilby.

Kantorei, the top choral group at the School of Music, will also perform with Stalter and Russel. They will perform three pieces: "Hodie Christus natus est" by Niels La Cour; "Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz" by Johannes Brahms; and "The Sunrise" and "To the End of Our Tribe" from "American Indian Songs" by Kenneth Jennings.

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.

Dickey joined the UI faculty in 2003. He serves as assistant director of choral activities at the School of Music, directing Camerata, teaching the history of choral literature and advising doctoral theses. He holds master's degree in choral conducting from the University of Connecticut and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and has completed doctoral work in musicology at Duke University. He also has attended the Royal School of Church Music at Sarum College in England.

Before coming to the UI Dickey worked with the choral program at Duke University and directed the Collegium Musicum there, and has also served as associate director of choral activities at the University of Connecticut. He founded and directed choral ensembles at Amherst College and at Duke University. His dissertation research in Siena and Florence, Italy, was supported by an Advanced International Travel Fellowship from Duke, and a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from Duke's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

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