A Cappella Choir embarks on Spring 2021 Choral Tour

Published by Logan Tuttle 2 years ago on Mon, Apr 12, 2021 11:34 AM
The University A Cappella Choir from Concordia University, Nebraska will be touring April 14-18, with stops in Nebraska and Kansas.

The University A Cappella Choir from Concordia University, Nebraska, will perform at churches and schools in eight cities over April 14-18 during its annual spring tour.

The choir will begin and end its tour with local-area concerts—April 14 at Christ Lincoln and April 18 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,” Dr. Kurt E. von Kampen, the choir’s conductor and music department chair, said. “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 at Christ Lincoln; Christ Lutheran Church in Norfolk; Fremont First Methodist Church in Fremont; Concordia Lutheran Schools of Omaha; Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church in Omaha; Atchison High School, Atchison, Kansas; Bethany Lutheran Church in Overland Park, Kansas; Trinity Lutheran Church in Leavenworth, Kansas, and St. John Lutheran Church in Seward.

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 of Hans Leo Hassler, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Aaron Copland, Ola Gjeilo, Ivo Antognini, Paul Basler, Eric Whitacre, Philip Stopford, Mack Wilberg 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.

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 voice type):

Soprano I

Rachel Fisher, Freshman, Lincoln, Neb.

            B.S. Education (Elementary)

Shanda Fujan, Senior, Oakland, Neb.

            B.A. Art Therapy                                   

Jennifer Horne, Sophomore, Canton, Kan.

            B.Mus. Church Music

Grace Huesmann, Junior, Jackson, Wis.

            B.S. Education (Early Childhood), LTD

Megan Kroeker, Senior, Henderson, Neb.

            B.Mus. Music Therapy

Renata Peperkorn, Junior, Rocklin, Calif.

            B.Mus. Music Education, Church Music, LTD


Soprano II

Makenna Clovis, Senior, Albuquerque, N.M.

            B.Mus. Church Music

Brooke Ann Duerr, Junior, Warren, Mich.

            B.A. Psychology, Behavioral Science

Hannah Eatherton, Sophomore, Sheboygan, Wis.

            B.S. Education (Elementary)

Rebekah Eatherton, Sophomore, Sheboygan, Wis.

            B.S. Education (Elementary)

Alyssa Hoeft, Senior, Garland, Neb.

            B.A. Psychology

Jessica Landrey, Freshman, Seward, Neb.

            B.A. Psychology, Behavioral Science

Olivia Leising, Junior, Arapahoe, Neb.

            B.S. Agricultural Science, B.A. Environmental Science.

Alto I

Katie Benkendorf, Sophomore, Uniontown, Mo.

            B.A. Music, Theory/Composition; English

Elizabeth Bergdolt, Senior, Grand Island, Neb.

            B.S. Biology and Chemistry

Abigail Bimler, Freshman, Seward, Neb.

            B.A. World and Intercultural Studies; History

Keziah Bruns, Senior, Waco, Neb.

            B.Mus. Music Education, LTD

Hannah Cmeyla, Junior, Bay City, Mich.

            B.A. Music (Vocal Performance); B.S. Business Administration

Rebekah Guilford, Junior, Lincoln, Neb.

            B.Mus. Music Education

Nicholle Harstad, Junior, Norfolk, Neb.

            B.S. Elementary Education, LTD, ESL

McKenna Kaskie, Senior, Grand Island, Neb.

            B.A. Marketing

Abigail Meier, Junior, Lawrence, Kan.

            B.A. Psychology; Behavioral Science

Jacee Pfeifer, Senior, Holdrege, Neb.

            B.A. Music (General Studies)

Anna Royuk, Freshman, Seward, Neb.

            B.A. Music (Violin Performance), Computer Science


Alto II

Jill Bultemeier, Sophomore, Texarkana, Texas

            B.A. World and Intercultural Studies

Kathryn Castens, Sophomore, Fort Wayne, Ind.

            B.S. Education (Secondary) Mathematics

Jenna Fredrickson, Senior, Concordia, Kan.

            B.Mus. Music Education, LTD

Annah Heck, Sophomore, Coon Rapids, Iowa

            B.S. Psychology

Abigail Joers, Sophomore, Lee’s Summit, Mo.

            B.A. Behavioral Science (Pre-Law)

Gabrielle Krutsinger, Freshman, Imperial, Neb.     

            B.M. Music Therapy

Gillian Mettenbrink, Freshman, Seward, Neb.

            B.M. Music Therapy, Vocal Music Ed.

Cecilia Minchow, Junior, Lincoln, Neb.

            B.A. Psychology, Behavioral Sciences

Alexandra Ryks, Senior, Bellevue, Neb.

            B.M. Music Therapy

Abigail Van Velson, Freshman, Seward, Neb.

            B.M. Music Therapy

Bethany Zeckzer, Junior, Fort Wayne, Ind.

            B.Mus. Music Education, LTD


Tenor I

Garret Drews, Junior, Fremont, Neb.

            B. Mus. Vocal Music Education

Noah Freeman, Senior, Bend, Oregon

            B.Mus. Music Education, LTD

Joshua Marlatt, Junior, Minnetrista, Minn.

            B.A. History; Pre-Seminary

Christoph Marsh, Sophomore, Concordia, Mo.

            B.A. Music, History

Micah Schultz, Sophomore, Scotia, N.Y.

            B.S. Education (Secondary) Social Studies

Christian Watters, Senior, Panama, Neb.

            B.A. Psychology, Behavioral Science

Caleb Zeckzer, Freshman, New Haven, Ind.

            B.A. Music, Theology; Pre-Seminary


Tenor II

Jacob Adams, Sophomore, Walled Lake, Mich.

            B.A. Marketing

Trenton Bruntz, Junior, Hastings, Neb.

            B.Mus. Music Education

David Ehrke, Junior, Alma, Neb.

            B.S. Education (Secondary), Social Sciences

Christopher James Jr., Senior, Topeka, Kan.

            B.A. Biology; Psychology

Neal Patron, Sophomore, North Newton, Kan.

            B.S. Computer Science

Jacob Schielke, Senior, Decatur, Texas

            B.A. History

Thomas Schulteis, Freshman, Parker, Colo.

            B.Mus. Church Music

Isaac Weander, Freshman, Norfolk, Neb.

            B.Mus. Music Education, LTD


Bass I

James Gramzow, Junior, Royal Oak, Mich.

            B.A. Music, Pre-Seminary

Ethan Ideus, Freshman, Seward, Neb.

            B.S. Exercise Science

Aaron Jackson, Senior, Palestine, Texas

            B.Mus. Church Music

Thomas Johnson, Senior, Omaha, Neb.

            B.Mus. Music Education, LTD      

Avery Kesar, Senior, Omaha, Neb.

            B.Mus. Music Education, LTD

Nathan Kieser, Sophomore, Plano, Texas

            B.A. Math; Pre-Seminary

Calvin Rohde, Freshman, Reed City, Mich.

            B.M. Music Education

Matthew Wahlers, Junior, Napa, Calif.

            B.S. Education (Secondary) Social Sciences


Bass II

Aaron Christiansen, Senior, Palmer, Alaska

            B.A. History, Computer Science

Caleb Fischer, Senior, Jefferson City, Mo.

            B.S. Education (Secondary), History and Theology, LTD

Joshua Frerking, Senior, Tomball, Texas

            B.A. History

Max Johnston, Junior, White Bear Lake, Minn.

            B.A. Business Administration, Pre-Seminary

Jayson Klaumann, Sophomore, Fairbury, Neb.

            B.S. Education (Secondary), Mathematics

Jonathan Landrey, Sophomore, Seward, Neb.

            B.A. History; B.A. Geography

Nathan Leonard, Junior, Topeka, Kan.

            B.A. Music

Nathaniel Mueller, Freshman, Austin, Texas

            B.S. Mathematics, Computer Science

Nathan Pennington, Sophomore, Lincoln, Neb.

            B.Mus. Church Music

Grant Stadler, Junior, Columbus, Neb.

            B.S. Education (Secondary), Social Sciences

The 2021 A Cappella Choir Spring Tour Itinerary

Please contact the individual church for information about attendance policies.

Wednesday, April 14

Christ Lincoln

4325 Sumner St.

Lincoln, NE 68506

Concert time: 7 p.m.


Thursday, April 15

Christ Lutheran Church

605 S. 5th St.

Norfolk, NE 68701

Concert time: 2 p.m.


Fremont First United Methodist Church

Joint Concert with Fremont High School

815 N. Broad St.

Fremont, NE 68025

Concert time: 7 p.m.


Friday, April 16

Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church

15005 Q St.

Omaha, NE 68137

Concert time: 7 p.m.


Saturday, April 17

Bethany Lutheran Church

9101 Lamar Ave.

Overland Park, KS 66207

Concert time: 7 p.m.


Sunday, April 18

Trinity Lutheran Church

2101 10th Ave.

Leavenworth, KS 66048

Sunday services: 10:45 a.m.


Home Concert

St. John Lutheran Church

919 N. Columbia Ave.

Seward, NE 68434

Concert time: 7 p.m.