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Concordia's A Cappella Choir to perform in the Southern U.S. on Spring Choral Tour

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
The University A Cappella Choir from Concordia will perform in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana on its annual tour March 2–11.
The University A Cappella Choir from Concordia will perform in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana on its annual tour March 2–11.

The University A Cappella Choir from Concordia will travel to Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana for its annual tour March 2 - 11.

The choir will conclude the tour with two local-area concerts on Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas’ Newman Center in Lincoln and at 7:30 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward.

“The A Cappella Choir strives to perform music at a high artistic level – music which inspires, instructs and entertains the listener,” said Dr. Kurt von Kampen, conductor of the choir. “But the mission of the choir goes beyond mere artistry. The University A Cappella Choir exists to proclaim the Gospel of Christ in song and to honor God with the musical talents the students have been given.”

The internationally acclaimed choir will perform concerts at churches and schools in nine cities on their ten day tour. Concert sites include Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Edmond, Oklahoma; Trinity Klein Lutheran Church in Spring, Texas; Trinity Downtown Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas; St. Paul Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas; Crown of Life Lutheran Church in San Antonio, Texas; St. John Lutheran Church in Lake Charles, Louisiana; Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas; Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kansas; First Lutheran Church and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Topeka, Kansas.

The choir performs full-length concerts, school assemblies and participates in church worship services. The repertoire of sacred and secular choral compositions spans all historical periods and is representative of many cultures. This year’s concert features choral music by Johann Pachelbel, Felix Mendelssohn, Samuel Barber, Anthony Bernarducci, , Eric William Barnum, Stacey V. Gibbs, Arnold Sevier, and others.

The A Cappella Choir has toured the country each year and internationally approximately every four years since its inception in 1939, performing throughout Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Asia, Mexico and, most recently, South Africa. It has also participated in international choral festivals in Australia and Austria, placing first and third respectively while under the direction of Dr. von Kampen.

Von Kampen earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Concordia University, Nebraska, a master’s degree in choral conducting from Oakland University and a doctorate in choral music education from the University of Nebraska.

Admission to the concerts is free.  Free-will offerings will be taken at evening concerts to help defray tour expenses. 

The 2018 University A Cappella Choir - Concordia University, Nebraska

Samantha Pietanza, sophomore, San Diego, Calif., alto II

Miriam Lipke, sophomore, Alamosa, Colo., alto I

Breann Huber, sophomore, Arvada, Colo., alto II

David Krueger, junior, Aurora, Colo., bass II

Abby Schellpfeffer, senior, Centennial, Colo., alto II

Bethany Schilling, sophomore, Denver, Colo., soprano I

Benjamin Leeper, senior, Thornton, Colo., bass I

Meredith Wohlgemuth, senior, Winter Haven, Fla., soprano I

Jacob Roggow, junior, Cottage Hills, Ill., bass II

Eric Henson, sophomore, Herrin, Ill., tenor II,

Jacob Henson, senior, Herrin, Ill., bass I

Matthew Kortze, senior, Rockford, Ill., bass II

Sarah Krause, senior, Rockford Ill., soprano II

Matthew Gerhold, junior, Atkins, Iowa, tenor I

Jeramy Willis, senior, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, tenor I

Ruth Alliger, sophomore, Marshalltown, Iowa, soprano II

Alex Kaldahl, sophomore, Spencer, Iowa, bass I

Isaiah Armbrecht, junior, Williamsburg, Iowa, bass I

Nathanael Patron, junior, North Newton, Kan., tenor I

Christopher James Jr., sophomore, Topeka, Kan., tenor I

Elizabeth Lange, junior, Topeka, Kan., alto II

Nathan Elbert, senior, Shepherdsville, Ky., bass II

Austin Theriot, senior, Lake Charles, La., bass II

Daniel Spaulding, senior, Armada, Mich., bass II

Josiah Schultz, junior, Bay City, Mich., tenor II

Sarah Mueller, sophomore, Hemlock, Mich., soprano II

Hannah Davis, junior, Coon Rapids, Minn., alto I

Albert Boldt, junior, Hewitt, Minn., tenor II

Mason Koeritz, senior, Northrop, Minn., bass I

Brandon Holmes, freshman, Waconia, Minn., bass I

Cadence Klemp, senior, Winona, Minn., soprano II

Vanessa Marsh, junior, Concordia, Mo., soprano I

Caleb Fischer, freshman, Jefferson City, Mo., bass II

Charlotte Lines, freshman, Marshall, Mo., soprano II

Elizabeth Bergdolt, freshman, St. Joseph, Mo., alto I

Evan Johnson, freshman, Sweet Springs, Mo., bass I

Alison Ebel, senior, Billings, Mont., soprano II

Caleb Worral, senior, Fargo, N.D., bass II

Ann Spilker, senior, Ashland, Neb., alto I

Mallory Parrish, senior, Auburn, Neb., soprano II

Alexandra Ryks, freshman, Bellevue, Neb., alto I

Allison Mackie, senior, Columbus, Neb., soprano I

Paige Stadler, junior, Columbus, Neb., soprano II

Erik Hart, senior, Fairbury, Neb., tenor II

Nathan Klaumann, junior, Fairbury, Neb., tenor II

Jonathan Rippe, junior, Gretna, Neb., tenor II

Megan Kroeker, freshman, Henderson, Neb., soprano I

Audrey Rich, junior, Lincoln, Neb., alto II

Clara Rich, senior, Lincoln, Neb., alto I

Sarah Rogge, junior, Milford, Neb., alto II

Shanda Fujan, freshman, Oakland, Neb., soprano I

Avery Kesar, freshman, Omaha, Neb., bass I

Jazmyn Yates, junior, Omaha, Neb., soprano II

Christian Watters, freshman, Panama, Neb., tenor I

Joshua Brumm, junior, Seward, Neb., bass I

David Dieckhoff, junior, Seward, Neb., tenor II

Kayleah Moravec, junior, Seward, Neb., soprano I

Elisha Scheiber, senior, Seward, Neb., alto I

Keziah Bruns, freshman, Waco, Neb., alto I

Noah Freeman, freshman, Bend, Ore., tenor I

Amos Utecht, freshman, Rosebud, S.D., bass II

David Woelmer, junior, Allen, Texas, bass I

Heather Rasch, senior, Denton, Texas, soprano II

Timothy Rasch, junior, Denton, Texas, bass II

Emma Gremmer, junior, New Braunfels, Texas, alto II

Aaron Strackbein, senior, San Antonio, Texas, bass II

Joshua Frerking, freshman, Tomball, Texas, bass II

Sarah Benz, freshman, Campbellsport, Wis., alto II

Corrianne Cain, sophomore, Cedarburg, Wis., alto I

Aaron Huesmann, freshman, Jackson, Wis., bass II

Kaitlyn Christensen, junior, Kenosha, Wis., alto I

Sophia Hoelz, sophomore, Milwaukee, Wis., alto II

 

2018 University A Cappella Choir Southern U.S. Tour Itinerary

Friday, March 2, 2018

7:00 PM Concert

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

308 NW 164th St.

Edmond, OK  73013

 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

7:00 PM Concert

Trinity Klein Lutheran Church

5201 Spring Cypress Rd.

Spring, TX  77379

 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

8:30 AM Worship

Trinity Klein Lutheran Church

10:50 AM Worship

Trinity Downtown Lutheran Church

800 Houston Ave.

Houston, TX  77007                                 

7:00 PM Concert

St. Paul Lutheran Church

3501 Red River St.

Austin, TX  78705

           

Monday, March 5, 2018

1:10 PM School Assembly

Lutheran High School in San Antonio

18104 Babcock Rd.

San Antonio, TX 78255

7:00 PM Concert

Crown of Life Lutheran Church

19291 Stone Oak Pkwy

San Antonio, TX 78258

 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

7:00 PM Concert

St. John Lutheran Church

600 University Dr.

Lake Charles, LA 70605

 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

7:00 PM Concert      

Faith Lutheran Church

1701 East Park Blvd

Plano, TX  75074

 

Friday, March 9, 2018

2:15 School Assembly

Holy Cross Lutheran School

600 N. Greenwich Rd.

Wichita, KS  67206                                 

7:00 PM Concert

Holy Cross Lutheran Church

 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

7:00 PM Concert

First Lutheran Church

1234 Fairlawn Rd

Topeka, KS 66604-2021

 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Morning Worship

St. John’s Lutheran Church

901 SW Fillmore St.

Topeka, KS 66606

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Sunday, March 18

2:00 p.m. Home Concert 1

St. Thomas Aquinas Church (Newman Center)

320 N. 16th St.

Lincoln, NE 68508

Sunday, March 18

7:30 p.m. Home Concert 2

St. John Lutheran Church

919 N. Columbia Ave.

Seward, NE 68434