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Concordia University's Vocal Jazz Choir to perform throughout the Midwest and locally on Spring Tour

Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017
The Vocal Jazz Choir from Concordia University, Nebraska, will perform throughout the Midwest on its performance tour April 6-9.
The Vocal Jazz Choir from Concordia University, Nebraska, will perform throughout the Midwest on its performance tour April 6-9.

Concordia University, Nebraska, Vocal Jazz Choir will travel to Missouri, Illinois and Kansas for its performance tour April 6-9, and will perform two local concerts at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday, April 9 at Seward Civic Center Auditorium located at 616 Bradford Street, Seward, Nebraska.

Under the direction of Dr. Kurt von Kampen, Concordia University Nebraska’s Vocal Jazz Choir, a 13-voice select ensemble which performs standard jazz and pop influenced choral music, will travel to St. Louis, Concordia and Kansas City, Missouri on their April performance tour.  

Twice each year, the choir collaborates with Concordia’s Jazz Ensemble to perform a winter and spring JazzFest on Concordia’s campus. The choir, comprised of mostly music majors, has performed concerts and school assemblies throughout the Midwest including performances at the Nebraska Music Educator’s annual conference, the Columbus NCDA Jazz Festival, The Creston, Iowa FoxFest and in the historic Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, Mo. 

Concerts have featured performances of music made famous by the New York Voices, the Real Group, Manhattan Transfer, Take Six and many others. 

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 concerts is free and open to the public.

Vocal Jazz Choir personnel - Concordia University, Nebraska

Soprano

  • Vanessa Marsh, sophomore, Concordia, Mo.
  • Emily Sievert, junior, Frankenmuth, Mich.
  • Meredith Wohlgemuth, junior, Winter Haven, Fla.

Alto

  • Clara Rich, senior, Lincoln, Neb.
  • Megan Sparling, senior, Columbus, Neb.
  • Paige Stadler, sophomore, Columbus, Neb.
  • Hope Taylor, senior, Foothill Ranch, Calif.

Tenor

  • Benjamin Hayter, senior, Union, Mo.
  • Jacob Henson, junior, Herrin, Ill.
  • Micah Most, Ogallala, Neb.

Bass

  • Jacob Fink, junior, Long Beach, Calif
  • Matthew Kortze, junior, Rockford, Ill.
  • Austin Theriot, junior, Lake Charles, La.

Performance Tour Itinerary

Thursday, April 6

9:30 a.m. Assembly

Lincoln Lutheran Middle/High School

1100 N, 56th St.

Lincoln, NE 68504

 

8:00 p.m. Concert

Saint Paul Lutheran High School

205 S. Main St.

Concordia, MO 64020

Friday, April 7

2:15 p.m. Assembly

Lutheran High School of St. Charles County

5100 Mexico Rd.

St. Peters, MO 63376

 

7 p.m. Concert

Concordia Seminary

801 Seminary Pl.

Clayton, MO 63105

Saturday, April 8

1:30 p.m. Concert

Metro-East Lutheran High School

6305 Center Grove Rd.

Edwardsville, IL 62025

Sunday, April 9

8:30 a.m. Worship

Christ Lutheran Church

11720 Nieman Rd.

Overland Park, KS 66210

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Sunday, April 9

3:00 p.m. Home Concert 1

Seward Civic Center Auditorium

616 Bradford St.

Seward, NE 68434

 

7 p.m. Home Concert 2

Seward Civic Center Auditorium

616 Bradford St.

Seward, NE 68434