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Concordia presents spring Jazzfest and handbell concerts

Monday, Apr. 18, 2016
Concordia student Ryan Gross prepares for a handbells performance.
Concordia student Ryan Gross prepares for a handbells performance.

Concordia University, Nebraska’s spring Jazzfest will take place April 29, 2016, at 7 p.m. at Hillcrest Evangelical Church in Seward, Nebraska. The Concordia Handbell Choir and Handbell Choir II will perform May 1, 2016, at 3 p.m. in the Music Center’s Recital Hall on Concordia’s campus.

Jazz music featured at the concert will include “Backrow Politics” by Gordon Goodwin, “How High the Moon,” arranged by Sammy Nestico, and “St Louis Blues,” arranged by Sammy Nestico, among other selections.

The handbell choirs will perform selections including “Bach's Little Fugue in G Minor” and “Abominations on Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” as well as Easter and Lenten hymns, a Macedonian folk song and a lively performance of “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho.”

"Ringing provides the students with a unique way to use their musical gifts and share the Gospel with others,” said Director of Handbell Choirs Jessica Kite. “We enjoy the challenges of the many handbell techniques and sharing exciting music with our audiences and in worship services.”

Members of the jazz choir include (in alphabetical order by state, city, last name):

  • Jacob Fink, sophomore, Long Beach, Calif., Jazz Choir
  • Meredith Locke, sophomore, Winter Haven, Fla., Jazz Choir
  • Jacob Henson, senior, Herrin, Ill., Jazz Choir
  • Matthew Kortze, freshman, Rockford, Ill., Jazz Choir
  • Jennifer Reynolds, senior, Fort Wayne, Ind., Jazz Choir
  • Austin Theriot, junior, Lake Charles, La., Jazz Choir
  • Emily Sievert, sophomore, Frankenmuth, Mich., Jazz Choir
  • Benjamin Hayter, junior, Concordia, Mo., Jazz Choir
  • Vanessa Marsh, freshman, Concordia, Mo., Jazz Choir
  • Talitha Elbert, senior, Albuquerque, N.M., Jazz Choir
  • Megan Sparling, senior, Columbus, Neb., Jazz Choir
  • Clara Rich, senior, Lincoln, Neb., Jazz Choir
  • Micah Most, freshman, Ogallala, Neb., Jazz Choir

Members of the jazz band include:

  • Ryan Gross, senior, Riverside, Calif.
  • David Krueger, freshman, Aurora, Colo.
  • Matthew Kortze, freshman, Rockford, Ill.
  • Jonathan Grant, freshman, Waterloo, Ill.
  • Josh Wudtke, senior, Collinsville, Ill.
  • Jennifer Reynolds, senior, Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Charity Espinosa, sophomore, Clarinda, Iowa
  • Kaleb Weinkauf, freshman, Basehor, Kan.
  • Molly Goltl, sophomore, Wichita, Kan.
  • Josiah Schultz, freshman, Bay City, Mich.
  • Charlotte Mueller, junior, Frankenmuth, Mich.
  • Karl Rovey, senior, Springfield, Mo., Jazz Band
  • Megan Sparling, senior, Columbus, Neb.
  • Naomi Ristvedt, senior, Crete, Neb.
  • Paul Nelson, junior, Norfolk, Neb.
  • Lydia Jeppesen, freshman, Pleasant Dale, Neb.
  • Micah Jeppesen, sophomore, Pleasant Dale, Neb.
  • Alberto Barrientos, freshman, Austin, Texas
  • Mikayla Eifert, sophomore, Houston, Texas

Members of the Concordia Handbell Choir and Handbell Choir II include:

  • Sophie Thorsen, freshman, Huntsville, Alaska, Handbell Choir II
  • Ryan Gross, senior, Riverside, Calif., Concordia Handbell Choir
  • David Krueger, freshman, Aurora, Colo., Handbell Choir II
  • Grace Stults, sophomore, Monte Vista, Colo., Handbell Choir II
  • Quincy Rensner, junior, Effingham, Ill., Handbell Choir II
  • Rachel Keseman, junior, Freeburg, Ill., Concordia Handbell Choir
  • Jacob Henson, senior, Herrin, Ill., Concordia Handbell Choir
  • Karina Keating, junior, Woodstock, Ill., Handbell Choir II
  • Elizabeth Moses, freshman, Columbus, Ind., Concordia Handbell Choir
  • Jennifer Reynolds, senior, Fort Wayne, Ind., Concordia Handbell Choir
  • Charity Espinosa, sophomore, Clarinda, Iowa, Handbell Choir II
  • Megan Barz, sophomore, Dubuque, Iowa, Handbell Choir II
  • Kelsey Adcock, sophomore, Wamego, Kan., Handbell Choir II
  • Christian Schultz, senior, Wamego, Kan., Concordia Handbell Choir
  • Thomas Wyatt, senior, Bethel, Minn., Concordia Handbell Choir
  • Hannah Davis, freshman, Coon Rapids, Minn., Handbell Choir II
  • Rebecca Trautman, senior, Moorhead, Minn., Concordia Handbell Choir
  • Micah Holten, sophomore, Nicollet, Minn., Handbell Choir II
  • Vanessa Marsh, freshman, Concordia, Mo., Handbell Choir II
  • Emma  Gottschamer, sophomore, Lee's Summit, Mo., Concordia Handbell Choir
  • Karl Rovey, senior, Springfield, Mo., Handbell Choir II
  • Mary Leising, senior, Arapahoe, Neb., Concordia Handbell Choir
  • Allison Mackie, sophomore, Columbus, Neb., Handbell Choir II
  • Caleb Staehr, freshman, Grand Island, Neb., Handbell Choir II
  • Jonathan Rippe, freshman, Gretna, Neb., Concordia Handbell Choir
  • Emily Meisinger, sophomore, York, Neb., Concordia Handbell Choir
  • Grace Woelmer, junior, Allen, Texas, Concordia Handbell Choir
  • Rachel Dorn, freshman, Houston, Texas, Concordia Handbell Choir