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Student musicians display composition and performance talents in two recitals

Friday, Nov. 2, 2018
Concordia’s Fall Honor Recital showcases music students at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the Recital Hall of the Music Center on campus.
Concordia’s Fall Honor Recital showcases music students at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the Recital Hall of the Music Center on campus.

Concordia will hold its Fall Composer Recital at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6 and its Fall Honor Recital at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the Recital Hall of the Music Center on campus.

Six students have composed original pieces for the Composer Recital. The recital comprises a variety of music written for vocals, piano, winds and strings.

“This recital is important because it's a great opportunity for the student composers to practice organizing a performance by recruiting performers and leading rehearsals of their own music,” said David von Kampen, music instructor in composition. “All of the music has been composed or arranged this semester, so every piece in the recital is a world premiere.”

The music is listed below with the composer first, followed by the performers (listed alphabetically by state, city and then last name):

“Can You Imagine”

Composed and performed by Albert Boldt, senior, Hewitt, Minn., piano

 

“Etudes for Flute and Live Electronics: II. Echo, III. Quiet, IV. Canopy”

Composed and performed by Austin Theriot, senior, Lake Charles, La., flute

Electronic composition

 

“Katabasis & Grace”

Composed and conducted by Jacob Sumpter, junior, Superior, Neb.

David Krueger, senior, Aurora, Colo., bass

Bethany Schilling, junior, Littleton, Colo., soprano

Bethany Zeckzer, freshman, New Haven, Ind., alto

Josiah Schultz, senior, Bay City, Mich., tenor

Zachary Mueller, freshman, Frankenmuth, Mich., bass

Sarah Mueller, senior, Hemlock, Mich., alto

Nathan Klaumann, senior, Fairbury, Neb., tenor

Alyssa Hoeft, sophomore, Garland, Neb., soprano

Nicholle Harstad, freshman, Norfolk, Neb., alto

Thomas Johnson, senior, Omaha, Neb., bass

Caleb Silcott, senior, Seward, Neb., piano

Melody Niemoth, senior, South Bend, Neb., alto

Tabitha Ristvedt, freshman, Utica, Neb., soprano

 

“Tavern”

Composed and conducted by Thomas Johnson, senior, Omaha, Neb.

Bethany Zeckzer, freshman, New Haven, Ind., alto

Jeramy Willis, senior, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, tenor

Isaiah Armbrecht, senior, Williamsburg, Iowa, bass

Josiah Schultz, senior, Bay City, Mich., tenor

Brooke Ann Duerr, freshman, Warren, Mich., soprano

Brandon Holmes, junior, Waconia, Minn., bass

Megan Kroeker, sophomore, Henderson, Neb., soprano

Cecilia Minchow, freshman, Lincoln, Neb., alto

Audrey Rich, senior, Lincoln, Neb., alto

Shanda Fujan, sophomore, Oakland, Neb., soprano

Avery Kesar, sophomore, Omaha, Neb., bass

Christian Watters, sophomore, Panama, Neb., tenor

 

“The Garden”

Composed and performed by Austin Theriot, senior, Lake Charles, La., bass

Elizabeth Lange, junior, Topeka, Kan., alto

Sarah Mueller, senior, Hemlock, Mich., soprano

Albert Boldt, senior, Hewitt, Minn., tenor

Caleb Fischer, sophomore, Jefferson City, Mo., bass

Paige Stadler, senior, Columbus, Neb., soprano

Avery Kesar, sophomore, Omaha, Neb., bass

Christian Watters, sophomore, Panama, Neb., tenor

Sophia Hoelz, junior, Jackson, Wis., alto

 

“Twas Midnight”

Composed and conducted by Aaron Huesmann, junior, Jackson, Wis.

Brooke Ann Duerr, freshman, Warren, Mich., soprano

Albert Boldt, senior, Hewitt, Minn., tenor

Charlotte Lines, sophomore, Marshall, Mo., piano

Nate Klaumann, senior, Fairbury, Neb., tenor

Trent Bruntz, freshman, Hastings, Neb., tenor

Megan Kroeker, sophomore, Henderson, Neb., soprano

Thomas Johnson, senior, Omaha, Neb., bass

Keziah Bruns, sophomore, Waco, Neb., alto

Timothy Rasch, senior, Denton, Texas, bass

Melinda Buhler, senior, Fort Worth, Texas, soprano

Josh Frerking, sophomore, Tomball, Texas, bass

Sarah Benz, sophomore, Campbellsport, Wis., alto

 

“Wind and Rain”

Composed and performed by Caleb Silcott, senior, Seward, Neb., piano

Thomas Johnson, senior, Omaha, Neb., clarinet

Angel Silcott, community member, Seward, Neb., cello

 

“Wundra Gihwaes (For Every Wonder)”

Composed and performed by Austin Theriot, senior, Lake Charles, La., piano

Matthew Gerhold, senior, Atkins, Iowa, tenor

 

Students audition for an opportunity to perform in the biannual honor event showcasing top music students as selected by Concordia’s music faculty. This year, ten student musicians were selected to perform.

Students performing in the Honor Recital include (alphabetical by state with Nebraska first, city, last name):

Alexandra Ryks, freshman, Bellevue, Neb., singing mezzo-soprano on “When I am ladi in earth” from Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

Allison Mackie, senior, Columbus, Neb., playing “Chorale and Variations: Andante Sostenuto-Allegro Molto” from Felix Mendelssohn’s Sonata VI on the organ

Caleb Staehr, senior, Grand Island, Neb., playing “Postlude on Puer Nobis Nascitur” by Aaron David Miller on the organ

Gabriel Jofre, junior, Sterling, Colo., playing both movements of Eugene Bozza’s Improvisation Et Caprice on the saxophone

Jacob Roggow, senior, Cottage Hills, Ill., playing “Sonetto 104 del Petrarca” by Franz Liszt on the piano

Matthew Gerhold, senior, Atkins, Iowa, singing countertenor on “Giulio Cesare” by George Frederic Handel’s Presti omai L’Egizia terra

Austin Theriot, senior, Lake Charles, La., playing “Pagodes” from Claude Debussy’s Estampes on the piano

Charlotte Lines, sophomore, Marshall, Mo., playing “Spoon River” by Percy Grainger on the piano

Cadence Klemp, senior, Winona, Minn., playing “Jardins sous la pluie” by Claude Debussy on the piano

Sarah Benz, sophomore, Campbellsport, Wis., playing “Diversion” by Bernhard Heiden on the saxophone