A Cappella Choir to embark on Spring Choral Tour

Published by Concordia University, Nebraska 4 years ago on Fri, Mar 1, 2019 11:59 AM
The Concordia University, Nebraska A Capella Choir will be touring March 27 through April 1, with stops in Iowa, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri.

The University A Cappella Choir from Concordia University, Nebraska, will travel to Iowa, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri for its annual spring tour March 27 through April 1. The choir will conclude the tour with two local-area concerts on Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. at First Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln and at 7 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward.

“The A Cappella Choir strives to perform music at a high artistic level – music which inspires, instructs and entertains the listener,” said Dr. Kurt E. von Kampen, conductor. “But the mission of the choir goes beyond mere artistry. The University A Cappella Choir exists to proclaim the Gospel of Christ in song and to honor God with the musical talents the students have been given.”

The internationally acclaimed choir will perform concerts at churches and schools in six cities on their six-day tour. Concert sites include Pacific Hills Lutheran Church in Omaha; Trinity Lutheran Church in Hampton, Iowa; Trinity Lutheran Church in Elkhart, Indiana; Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Collinsville, Illinois; Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church and the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri; and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Concordia, Missouri. 

The choir performs full-length concerts, school assemblies and participates in Sunday worship services. The repertoire of sacred and secular choral compositions spans all historical periods and is representative of many cultures. This year’s concert features choral music by Felix Mendelssohn, Lucas Pearsall, Camille Saint-Saëns, Morten Lauridsen, J. David Moore, Paul Manz, David von Kampen, Tom Trenney and others. 

The A Cappella Choir has toured the country each year and internationally approximately every four years since its inception in 1939, performing throughout Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Asia, Mexico and most recently South Africa. It also has participated in international choral festivals in Australia and Austria, placing first and third respectively under von Kampen’s direction.

Kurt 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. Free-will offerings will be taken at evening concerts to help defray tour expenses. 

Members of the University A Cappella Choir (listed by state, then alphabetically by city and last name) include:

Aaron Christiansen, sophomore, Palmer, Alaska, bass II

Matthew Wahlers, freshman, Napa, Calif., bass I

Breann Huber, junior, Arvada, Colo., alto II

David Krueger, senior, Aurora, Colo., bass II

Bethany Schilling, junior, Denver, Colo., soprano I

Jacob Roggow, senior, Cottage Hills, Ill., bass II

Ruth Alliger, junior, Fort Wayne, Ind., soprano II

Bethany Zeckzer, freshman, Fort Wayne, Ind., alto II

Jeramy Willis, senior, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, tenor II

August Bollhagen, freshman, Hampton, Iowa, bass II

Alex Kaldahl, junior, Spencer, Iowa, bass I

Isaiah Armbrecht, senior, Williamsburg, Iowa, bass I

Matthew Patron, freshman, North Newton, Kan. bass I

Nathanael Patron, senior, North Newton, Kan., tenor I

Christopher James Jr., junior, Topeka, Kan., tenor I

Elizabeth Lange, senior, Topeka, Kan., alto II

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

Zachary Mueller, freshman, Frankenmuth, Mich., tenor I

Sarah Mueller, senior, Hemlock, Mich., soprano II

James Gramzow, freshman, Royal Oak, Mich., bass I

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

Jonathan Chapa, junior, Buffalo, Minn., bass II

Albert Boldt, senior, Hewitt, Minn., tenor II

Brandon Holmes, junior, Waconia, Minn., bass I

Max Johnston, freshman, White Bear Lake, Minn., bass II

Vanessa Marsh, senior, Concordia, Mo., soprano I

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

Charlotte Lines, sophomore, Marshall, Mo., soprano II

Emma Brand, junior, Springfield, Mo., alto I

Erin Rowland, senior, St. Peters, Mo., alto II

Evan Johnson, junior, Sweet Springs, Mo., bass I

David Ehrke, freshman, Alma, Neb., tenor I

Alexandra Ryks, sophomore, Bellevue, Neb., alto II

Allison Mackie, senior, Columbus, Neb., soprano I

Grant Stadler, freshman, Columbus, Neb., bass II

Garret Drews, freshman, Fremont, Neb., tenor I

Alyssa Hoeft, sophomore, Garland, Neb., soprano II

Elizabeth Bergdolt, sophomore, Grand Island, Neb., alto I

Trenton Bruntz, freshman, Hastings, Neb., tenor II

Megan Kroeker, sophomore, Henderson, Neb., soprano I

Jacee Pfeifer, sophomore, Holdrege, Neb., alto I

Amy Guenther, sophomore, Lincoln, Neb., alto II

Rebekah Guilford, freshman, Lincoln, Neb., alto I

Cecilia Minchow, freshman, Lincoln, Neb., alto II

Audrey Rich, senior, Lincoln, Neb., alto I

Nicholle Harstad, freshman, Norfolk, Neb., alto I

Shanda Fujan, sophomore, Oakland, Neb., soprano I

Thomas Johnson, junior, Omaha, Neb., bass I

Avery Kesar, sophomore, Omaha, Neb., bass I

Jazmyn Yates, senior, Omaha, Neb., soprano II

Anna Watters, sophomore, Panama, Neb., alto I

Christian Watters, sophomore, Panama, Neb., tenor I

David Dieckhoff, senior, Seward, Neb., tenor II

Kayleah Moravec, senior, Seward, Neb., soprano I

Melody Niemoth, senior, South Bend, Neb., soprano I

Jacob Sumpter, senior, Superior, Neb., tenor II

Tabitha Ristvedt, freshman, Utica, Neb., soprano II

Keziah Bruns, sophomore, Waco, Neb., alto I

Alyssa Montana, junior, Long Island, N.Y., alto I

Noah Freeman, sophomore, Bend, Ore., tenor I

David Woelmer, senior, Allen, Texas, bass I

Timothy Rasch, senior, Denton, Texas, bass II

Melinda Buhler, junior, Fort Worth, Texas, soprano I

Emma Gremmer, senior, New Braunfels, Texas, alto II

Joshua Frerking, sophomore, Tomball, Texas, bass II

Corrianne Cain, junior, Cedarburg, Wis., alto II

Aaron Huesmann, sophomore, Jackson, Wis., bass II

Sarah Benz, sophomore, Kewaskum, Wis., alto II

Sophie Hoelz, junior, Milwaukee, Wis. alto II


The 2019 A Cappella Choir Spring Tour Itinerary

Wednesday, March 27th

Pacific Hills Lutheran Church

1110 S. 90th St.

Omaha, Neb., 68124

Concert time: 7 p.m.


Thursday, March 28th

Trinity Lutheran Church

16 12th Ave NE

Hampton, Iowa, 50441

Concert time: 7 p.m.


Friday, March 29th

Trinity Lutheran Church

30888 CR 6

Elkhart, Ind., 46516

Concert time: 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, March 30th

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

1300 Beltline Rd

Collinsville, Ill., 62234

Concert time: 3 p.m.


Sunday, March 31st

Chapel of the Cross

11645 Benham Rd

St. Louis, Mo., 63136

Sunday services: 11 a.m.


The Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus

Concordia Seminary

801 Seminary Place

St. Louis, Mo., 63105

Concert time: 3 p.m.


Monday, April 1st

The Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus

Concordia Seminary

801 Seminary Place

St. Louis, Mo., 63105

Chapel Service: 9:30 a.m.


St. Paul’s Lutheran Church   

401 S. Main Street

Concordia, Mo., 64020

Concert time: 2:30 p.m.


Sunday, April 7th

First Plymouth Congregational Church

2000 D Street

Lincoln, Neb., 68502

Concert time: 3 p.m.


St. John Lutheran Church

919 N. Columbia Avenue

Seward, Neb., 68434

Concert time: 7 p.m.