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Sept. 18, 2007

UI School of Music presents annual 'Choral Collage' Oct. 6

The University of Iowa School of Music will present "Choral Collage," its annual celebration of choral singing featuring four of the school's choral groups -- the Women's Chorus, Camerata Singers, University Choir and Kantorei -- at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 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 alone. "It's an excellent opportunity for the School of Music choral area to showcase the depth and variety of choral ensembles at the university," he said.

"This is the earliest choral collage concert we have ever had. Although we are still seeing which pieces will emerge as ready for performance by Oct. 6, I can say that the program will include a wide variety of choral works from the Renaissance to the 20th century."

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.

Stalter will conduct Kantorei and the University Choir, two of the school's student ensembles. Camerata Singers, which combines UI students and members of the local community, will be conducted by School of Music faculty member David Puderbaugh. And the Women's Chorale will be conducted by graduate teaching assistant Travis Sletta.

Stalter joined the UI faculty as director of choral activities in 1999. An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, he frequently presents clinics and workshops in choral conducting around the United States. He is also active as a tenor soloist who is known in the United States and Europe for his performances as the Evangelist in the Passions of J.S. Bach and Heinrich Schuetz. For more information, see

Puderbaugh joined the UI faculty as assistant director of choral activities in 2006. He conducts Camerata and teaches graduate choral literature. He received a bachelor's degree from Drake University, and a master's degree and doctorate from the UI. His research interest in Estonian choral music led in a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct dissertation research on that country's national song festivals during the Soviet occupation. For more information, see

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