Concordia presents 2017 winter Jazzfest and handbell concerts

Published by Concordia University, Nebraska 5 years ago on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 8:38 AM
Concordia University, Nebraska’s Handbell Choirs will perform in a concert at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 in the Music Center’s Recital Hall on campus.

Concordia University, Nebraska’s Winter Jazzfest will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 in the Weller chapel auditorium.

The group will perform “Birdland” arranged by John Higgins and “Sweet Georgia Brown” arranged by Sammy Nestico, along with pieces by Gordon Goodwin and Bob Turner, to name a few.

Additionally, the Concordia Handbell Choir and Handbell Choir II will perform at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 in the Music Center’s Recital Hall on Concordia’s campus.

The handbell choirs will perform Christmas pieces including “Wizards in Winter,” “Deck the Halls,” “Children, Go Where I Send Thee,” and “Huron Carol.” Concordia Handbell Choir’s CD, “Faithful,” released in April of this year, will also be available for purchase at the concert.

"The students have a wonderful selection of music prepared for our Christmas Handbell Concert,” said Jessica Kite, director. “I am very proud of the effort these ringers have put into their music this semester. In addition to their various areas of study, our ringers are involved in many other campus activities. I feel very privileged to get to know and work with them every week. We enjoy sharing the Gospel message through our music. The concert is definitely a highlight of the Christmas season for ringers and audience members alike!”

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

Jacob Roggow, junior, Cottage Hills, Ill., bass

Jacob Henson, senior, Herrin, Ill., tenor

Matthew Kortze, senior, Rockford, Ill., bass

Alex Kaldahl, sophomore, Spencer, Iowa, bass

Austin Theriot, senior, Lake Charles, La., bass

Sarah Mueller, junior, Hemlock, Mich., alto

Vanessa Marsh, junior, Concordia, Mo., soprano

Paige Stadler, junior, Columbus, Neb., alto

Megan Kroeker, freshman, Henderson, Neb., soprano

Clara Rich, senior, Lincoln, Neb., alto

Shanda Fujan, freshman, Oakland, Neb., soprano

Christian Watters, freshman, Panama, Neb., tenor

Noah Freeman, freshman, Bend, Ore., tenor


Members of the Jazz Ensemble include:

David Krueger, junior, Aurora, Colo., tenor saxophone

Daniel Hakes, junior, Erie, Colo., trombone

Kaleb Weinkauf, junior, Basehor, Kan., baritone saxophone

Matthew Goltl, sophomore, Wichita, Kan., percussion

Molly Goltl, senior, Wichita, Kan., alto saxophone

Jonathan Grant, junior, Waterloo, Ill., trumpet

Cole Wohlgemuth, junior, Alton, Iowa, trombone

Joshua Smith, sophomore, Earlham, Iowa, piano

Charity Espinosa-Shafer, senior, Clarinda, Iowa, trombone

Charlotte Eberhard, senior, Frankenmuth, Mich., alto saxophone

Jacob Mikkelson, sophomore, Bellevue, Neb., piano

Aaron Ferguson, sophomore, Hyannis, Neb., tenor saxophone

Trenten Dorton, freshman, Lincoln, Neb., tenor saxophone

Lukas Sollberger, freshman, Louisville, Neb., trumpet

Lydia Jeppesen, junior, Pleasant Dale, Neb., trumpet

Micah Jeppesen, senior, Pleasant Dale, Neb., trombone

Kelly Langer, senior, Spalding, Neb., alto saxophone

Shiloh Richters, freshman, Utica, Neb., trumpet

Curt Flaten, sophomore, Sioux Falls, S.D., bass

Mikayla Eifert, senior, Houston, Tex., trombone


Members of the Concordia Handbell Choir and Handbell Choir II include:

Sophie Thorsen, junior, Huntsville, Ala., Handbell Choir II

Breann Huber, sophomore, Arvada, Colo., Handbell Choir and Handbell Choir II

Erin Johnson, freshman, Brighton, Colo., Handbell Choir II

Grace Stults, senior, Monte Vista, Colo., Handbell Choir

Jacob Roggow, junior, Cottage Hills, Ill., Handbell Choir II

Whitney Pottschmidt, sophomore, Seymour, Ind., Handbell Choir II

Elizabeth Frakes, junior, Ellinwood, Kan., Handbell Choir II

Elizabeth Lange, sophomore, Topeka, Kan., Handbell Choir

Kelsey Adcock, senior, Wamego, Kan., Handbell Choir

Sarah Mueller, junior, Hemlock, Mich., Handbell Choir

Hannah Davis, junior, Coon Rapids, Minn., Handbell Choir II

Vanessa Marsh, junior, Concordia, Mo., Handbell Choir II

Emma Gottschamer, senior, Lees Summit, Mo., Handbell Choir

Elizabeth Bergdolt, freshman, St. Joseph, Mo., Handbell Choir II

Allison Mackie, senior, Columbus, Neb., Handbell Choir

Nathan Klaumann, junior, Fairbury, Neb., Handbell Choir

Caleb Staehr, junior, Grand Island, Neb., Handbell Choir

Zachary Staehr, freshman, Grand Island, Neb., Handbell Choir II

Jonathan Rippe, junior, Gretna, Neb., Handbell Choir

Aaron Ferguson, sophomore, Hyannis, Neb., Handbell Choir II

Stephanie Barry, sophomore, Omaha, Neb., Handbell Choir

Emily Meisinger, senior, York, Neb., Handbell Choir

Anna Holle, sophomore, Stewartstown, Pa., Handbell Choir II

David Woelmer, sophomore, Allen, Tex., Handbell Choir

Rachel Dorn, junior, Houston, Tex., Handbell Choir

Timothy Rasch, junior, Denton, Texas, Handbell Choir II

Aaron Jackson, freshman, Palestine, Texas, Handbell Choir II