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Concordia presents spring Jazzfest and handbell concerts

Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017
Concordia University, Nebraska’s Handbell Choirs will perform in a concert on April 25, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the Music Center’s Recital Hall on campus.
Concordia University, Nebraska’s Handbell Choirs will perform in a concert on April 25, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the Music Center’s Recital Hall on campus.

Concordia University, Nebraska, Handbell Choir and Handbell Choir II will perform at 7 p.m., April 25, 2017 in the Music Center’s Recital Hall on Concordia’s campus.

“Both Concordia Handbell Choirs will be playing pieces featuring our newest chime, the bass C2,” said Jessica Kite, director. “It has a wonderful low sound that really enhances the music played by the ensemble.”

The handbell choirs will perform pieces such as “Music to Do Taxes By,” “Fantasy,” “All Creatures of Our God and King” and “Were You There,” to name a few.

In addition, the Concordia Handbell Choir released their first CD, “Faithful,” last week. The 14-track CD is available through the Concordia University, Nebraska, bookstore or online here.

The CD will also be available for purchase before and after the concert.

Additionally, Concordia’s spring Jazzfest will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, April 28, 2017 at Hillcrest Evangelical Free Church at 2433 Progressive Road in Seward, Nebraska. This program will showcase the University’s jazz choir and jazz band. JazzFest will feature a variety of jazz, swing and blues pieces from both the jazz choir and jazz band. 

Under the direction of Dr. Kurt vonKampen, the Jazz Choir performs standard jazz and pop influenced choral music.  

Directed by professor Andrew Schultz, the Jazz band will perform “Take the “A” Train” by Bill Strayhorn and “The Delta Rhythm Boys Splanky” by Neil Hefti. Additional works include pieces by Alan Lerner, Frederick Loewe, Cole Porter and Joe Garland.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.

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

  • Sophie Thorsen, sophomore, Huntsville, Ala., Handbell Choir II
  • Breann Huber, freshman, Arvada, Colo., Handbell Choir II
  • Grace Stults, junior, Monte Vista, Colo., Handbell Choir II
  • Jacob Roggow, sophomore, Cottage Hills, Ill., Handbell Choir II
  • Rachel Keseman, senior, Freeburg, Ill., Handbell Choir
  • Karina Keating, senior, Woodstock, Ill., Handbell Choir
  • Elizabeth Moses, sophomore, Columbus, Ind., Handbell Choir
  • Whitney Pottschmidt, sophomore, Seymour, Ind., Handbell Choir II
  • Megan Barz, junior, Dubuque, Iowa, Handbell Choir II
  • Sarah Rethwisch, senior, Fort Dodge, Iowa
  • Elizabeth Lange, freshman, Topeka, Kan., Handbell Choir II
  • Kelsey Adcock, junior, Wamego, Kan., Handbell Choir
  • Sarah Mueller, sophomore, Hemlock, Mich., Handbell Choir II
  • Hannah Davis, sophomore, Coon Rapids, Minn., Handbell Choir II
  • Rebecca Souer, senior, Moorhead, Minn., Handbell Choir
  • Micah Holten, junior, Nicollet, Minn., Handbell Choir
  • Vanessa Marsh, sophomore, Concordia, Mo., Handbell Choir II
  • Emma Gottschamer, junior, Lee Summit, Mo., Handbell Choir
  • Samuel Moore, freshman, Saint Joseph, Mo., Handbell Choir II
  • Zoe Moore, freshman, Saint Joseph, Mo., Handbell Choir II
  • Karl Rovey, senior, Springfield, Mo., Handbell Choir II
  • Allison Mackie, junior, Columbus, Neb., Handbell Choir
  • Caleb Staehr, sophomore, Grand Island, Neb., Handbell Choir II
  • Jonathan Rippe, junior, Gretna, Neb., Handbell Choir
  • Stephanie Barry, freshman, Omaha, Neb., Handbell Choir II
  • Danielle Harstad, senior, Seward, Neb., Handbell Choir II
  • Rebekah Grass, senior, Seward, Neb., Handbell Choir II
  • Ryan Gross, senior, Seward, Neb., Handbell Choir
  • Kiera Morgan, junior, Rochester, N.Y., Handbell Choir II
  • Emily Meisinger, junior, York, Neb., Handbell Choir
  • David Woelmer, freshman, Allen, Texas, Handbell Choir II
  • Grace Woelmer, senior, Allen, Texas, Handbell Choir
  • Rachel Dorn, sophomore, Houston, Texas, Handbell Choir

Members of the Vocal Jazz Choir include (in alphabetical order by state, city, last name):

  • Hope Taylor, senior, Foothill Ranch, Calif.
  • Jacob Fink, junior, Long Beach, Calif.          
  • Meredith Locke, junior, Winter Haven, Fla.
  • Jacob Henson, senior, Herrin, Ill.
  • Matthew Kortze, junior, Rockford, Ill.
  • Austin Theriot, senior, Lake Charles, La.
  • Emily Sievert, junior, Frankenmuth, Mich.
  • Vanessa Marsh, sophomore, Concordia, Mo.
  • Megan Sparling, senior, Columbus, Neb.
  • Paige Stadler, sophomore, Columbus, Neb.
  • Clara Rich, senior, Lincoln, Neb.
  • Micah Most, sophomore, Ogallala, Neb.
  • Benjamin Hayter, senior, Seward, Neb.

Members of the Jazz Ensemble include:

  • David Krueger, freshman, Aurora, Colo., tenor saxophone
  • Daniel Hakes, sophomore, Erie, Colo., trombone
  • Kaleb Weinkauf, sophomore, Basehor, Kan., baritone saxophone
  • Matthew Goltl, freshman, Wichita, Kan., drums
  • Molly Goltl, freshman, Wichita, Kan., alto saxophone
  • Josh Wudtke, senior, Collinsville, Ill., drums
  • Matthew Kortze, junior, Rockford, Ill., drums
  • Jonathan Grant, sophomore, Waterloo, Ill., trumpet
  • Cole Wohlgemuth, junior, Alton, Iowa, trombone
  • Charity Espinosa, junior, Clarinda, Iowa, trombone
  • Charlotte Mueller, senior, Frankenmuth, Mich., alto saxophone
  • Karl Rovey, senior, Springfield, Mo., trumpet
  • Jacob Mikkelson, freshman, Bellevue, Neb., piano
  • Macey Kroeger, freshman, Dannebrog, Neb., piano
  • Aaron Ferguson, freshman, Hyannis, Neb., tenor saxophone
  • Paul Nelson, senior, Norfolk, Neb., bass
  • Lydia Jeppesen, sophomore, Pleasant Dale, Neb., trumpet
  • Micah Jeppesen, sophomore, Pleasant Dale, Neb., trombone
  • Ryan Gross, senior, Seward, Neb., trumpet
  • Kelly Langer, junior, Spalding, Neb., alto saxophone
  • Curt Flaten, freshman, Sioux Falls, S.D., bass
  • Alberto Barrientos, junior, El Paso, Texas, bass
  • Mikayla Eifert, junior, Houston, Texas, trombone