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Concordia presents winter Jazzfest and handbell concerts

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
Concordia University, Nebraska’s Handbell Choirs will perform in a concert on Dec. 10, 2016, at 3 p.m. in the Music Center’s Recital Hall on campus.
Concordia University, Nebraska’s Handbell Choirs will perform in a concert on Dec. 10, 2016, at 3 p.m. in the Music Center’s Recital Hall on campus.

Concordia University, Nebraska’s winter Jazzfest will take place Dec. 9, 2016, at 7 p.m. in the Weller chapel auditorium.

The group will perform “Switch in Time” and “Hay Burner” by Sammy Nestico, along with pieces by Alan Baylock and Larry Neeck, to name a few.

The Concordia Handbell Choir and Handbell Choir II will perform Dec. 10, 2016, at 3 p.m. in the Music Center’s Recital Hall on Concordia’s campus.

The handbell choirs will perform Christmas pieces including “Silent Night” and “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” as well as “Ye Jazzy Gentlemen” and “Sing We Now of Christmas”, as well as a few original handbell pieces as well.

"The students have worked hard all semester and I couldn’t be more proud of the effort they have put into their music,” said Director of Handbell Choirs Jessica Kite. “Besides their various areas of study, our ringers are involved in so many activities. Drama, bands, choirs, sports and a host of other commitments to keep them busy. I feel very privileged to work with these fine students every week and help them grow as ringers.”

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

  • Hope Taylor, senior, Foothill Ranch, Cal.
  • Jacob Fink, junior, Long Beach, Cal. 
  • Meredith Locke, junior, Winter Haven, Flor.
  • Jacob Henson, senior, Herrin, Ill.
  • Matthew Kortze, junior, Rockford, Ill.
  • Austin Theriot, senior, Lake Charles, Louis.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Naomi Ristvedt, senior, Utica, Neb., tenor saxophone
  • Curt Flaten, freshman, Sioux Falls, S.D., bass
  • Alberto Barrientos, junior, El Paso, Tex., bass
  • Mikayla Eifert, junior, Houston, Tex., trombone

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
  • 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
  • Kelsey Adcock, junior, Wamego, Kan., Handbell Choir
  • 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
  • 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
  • Emily Meisinger, junior, York, Neb., Handbell Choir
  • David Woelmer, freshman, Allen, Tex., Handbell Choir II
  • Grace Woelmer, senior, Allen, Tex., Handbell Choir
  • Rachel Dorn, sophomore, Houston, Tex., Handbell Choir