Concordia University's A Cappella Choir to perform throughout the Midwest on Spring Choral Tour

Published by Concordia University, Nebraska 6 years ago on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 10:28 AM
The University A Cappella Choir from Concordia University, Nebraska, will perform throughout the Midwest on its annual tour March 22–27.

The University A Cappella Choir from Concordia University, Nebraska, will travel to Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana for its annual tour March 22 – 27.  The choir will conclude the tour with two local-area concerts on Sunday, April 2nd at 2 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas (Newman Center) in Lincoln and at 7:30 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 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 four cities on their 6-day tour.  Concert sites include First Immanuel Lutheran Ministries, Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, Birmingham, Michigan, St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth, Michigan, and Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The choir performs full-length concerts, high school assemblies and church 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 the works of Tomas Luis da Victoria, Giacomo Puccini, Francis Poulenc, Norman Luboff, David von Kampen, Austin Theriot, Moses Hogan and others. 

The A Cappella Choir has toured the U.S. each year and internationally approximately every four years since its inception in 1939, performing throughout Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Asia and Mexico. It also has participated in international choral festivals in Australia and Austria, placing first and third respectively while under the direction of Dr. von Kampen.

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. 

The 2017 University A Cappella Choir - Concordia University, Nebraska


  • Meredith Locke, junior, Winter Haven, Fla.
    • B.Mus. Music Education
  • Vanessa Marsh, sophomore, Concordia, Mo.
    • B.A. Music and Communication
  • Kayleah Moravec, sophomore, Seward, Neb.
    • B.S. Biology (Pre-Med)
  • Bethany Schilling, freshman, Littleton, Colo.
    • B.S. Education (Secondary) English, Spanish, ESL
  • Emily Sievert, junior, Frankenmuth, Mich.
    • B.S. Education (Secondary) English, Music Minor
  • Stephanie Sparling, sophomore, Columbus, Neb.
    • B.S. Accounting, Business Administration
  • Victoria Welter, senior, Slinger, Wis.
    • B.A. Biology; Criminal Justice


  • Ruth Alliger, freshman, Marshalltown, Iowa
    • B.Mus. Music Therapy
  • Corrianne Cain, freshman, Cedarburg, Wis.
    • B.S. Education (Middle/Secondary) LTD
  • Alison Ebel, junior, Billings, Mont.
    • B.S. Education (Elementary) Vocal Endorsement
  • Cadence Klemp, junior, Winona, Minn.
    • B. Mus. Music Therapy
  • Sarah Krause, junior, Rockford Ill.
    • B.S. Education (Elementary), B.A. Music; violin
  • Sarah Mueller, sophomore, Hemlock, Mich.
    • B.A. Theology, Psychology, Behavioral Sciences
  • Mallory Parrish, junior, Auburn, Neb.
    • B.S. Business Administration, B.S. Business Communications
  • Heather Rasch, senior, Jos, Nigeria
    • B.Mus. Music Education
  • Paige Stadler, sophomore, Columbus, Neb.
    • B. Mus. Music Education
  • Lauren Wilcox, junior, Seward, Neb.
    • B.S. Education (Elementary)
  • Jazmyn Yates, sophomore, Omaha, Neb.
    • B.M. Music Therapy


  • Kaitlyn Christensen, sophomore, Kenosha, Wis.
    • B.Mus. Vocal Music Education, LTD
  • Hannah Davis, sophomore, Coon Rapids, Minn.
    • B.S. Education (Early Childhood), LTD
  • Emily Jensen, senior, Sioux City, Iowa
    • B.S. Education (Secondary) Vocal Music; Drama
  • Emily Kollbaum, senior, Concordia, Mo.
    • B.S. Education (Secondary) Theatre, English
  • Jennifer Reynolds, senior, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
    • B. Mus. Music Education
  • Clara Rich, senior, Lincoln, Neb.
    • B.A. Music, B.S. Biology
  • Lindsay Sampson, Junior, Tustin, Calif.
    • B.S. Education (Secondary) English Comprehensive
  • Elisha Scheiber, Junior, Seward, Neb.
    • B.S. Biology (Pre-Medicine)
  • Ann Spilker, Junior, Ashland, Neb.
    • B.S. Biology (Organismal)
  • Hope Taylor, Senior, Foothill Ranch, Calif.
    • B.S. Education (Secondary) Spanish


  • Emma Gremmer, sophomore, New Braunfels, Texas
    • B.S. Accounting
  • Laura Hedstrom, junior, Lakefield, Minn.
    • B.Mus. Church Music
  • Sophie Hoelz, freshman, Milwaukee, Wis.
    • B.S. Education (Secondary) Spanish
  • Charlotte Mueller, senior, Frankenmuth, Mich.
    • B.Mus. Music Education
  • Audrey Rich, sophomore, Lincoln, Neb.
    • B.S. Biology, B.A. Psychology
  • Abby Schellpfeffer, junior, Centennial, Colo.
    • B.S. Exercise Science
  • Rebecca Souer, senior, Moorhead, Minn.
    • B.A. Theology, DCE, B.Mus. Church Music
  • Megan Sparling, senior, Columbus, Neb.
    • B.A. Music; Business Minor
  • Lauren Staehr, senior, Grand Island, Neb.
    • B.S. Education, (Secondary) Vocal Music and ESL
  • Laura Wiederrich, senior, Lodi, Calif.
    • B.S. Education (Secondary) Vocal Music and English
  • Grace Woelmer, senior, Allen, Texas
    • B.A. Music


  • Albert Boldt, sophomore, Hewitt, Minn.
    • B.A. Music; Vocal Performance
  • Matthew Gerhold, sophomore, Atkins, Iowa
    • B.Mus. Vocal Music Education, LTD
  • Christopher James, freshman, Topeka, Kan.
    • B.A. Biology
  • Nathanael Patron, sophomore, North Newton, Kan.
    • B.A. Biology: Optometry
  • Eric Souer, senior, Moorhead, Minn.
    • B.A. Theology, Pre-Seminary
  • Jeramy Willis, junior, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    • B.A. Psychology, CEL, DCE


  • David Dieckhoff, sophomore, Seward, Neb.
    • B.A. Physics
  • Ryan Gross, senior, Riverside, Calif.
    • B.S. Physics, B.A. Chemistry, B.A. Music
  • Benjamin Hayter, senior, Union, Mo.
    • B.A. Music, Pre-Seminary
  • Eric Henson, freshman, Herrin, Ill.
    • B.A. Pre-Engineering
  • Micah Holten, junior, Nicollet, Minn.
    • B.M. Church Music
  • Nathan Klaumann, sophomore, Fairbury, Neb.
    • B.Mus. Music Education
  • Micah Most, sophomore, Ogallala, Neb.
    • B.S. Biology/Chemistry, Pre-Veterinary
  • Jonathan Rippe, sophomore, Gretna, Neb.
    • B.A. Music; Psychology and Accounting Minors


  • Isaiah Armbrecht, sophomore, Williamsburg, Iowa
    • B.A. History, Pre-Seminary
  • Joshua Brumm, sophomore, Seward, Neb.
    • B.A. Theology, DCE
  • Jacob Fink, junior, Long Beach, Calif.
    • B.S. Education (Secondary), History and Theology
  • Jacob Henson, junior, Herrin, Ill.
    • B.S. Computer Science; B.A. Music
  • Brandon Holmes, freshman, Waconia, Minn.
    • B.Mus. Music Education
  • Alex Kaldahl, freshman, Spencer, Iowa
    • B.S. Education (Secondary)
  • Mason Koeritz, senior, Northrop, Minn.
    • B.A. Music, B.S. Chemistry
  • Benjamin Leeper, junior, Denver, Colo.
    • B.A. Theater, Communications; Pre-Seminary
  • Paul Nelson, senior, Norfolk, Neb.
    • B.A. Theology, DCE
  • Joe Pierson, senior, Van Buren, Ark.
    • B.A. History, Pre-Seminary
  • David Woelmer, freshman, Allen, Texas
    • B.A. History, Pre-Seminary


  • Cameron Christiansen, senior, Palmer, Ala.
    • B.A. Psychology and Behavioral Science
  • Aaron Huesmann, freshman, Jackson, Wis.
    • B.A. Music
  • Matthew Kortze, junior, Rockford, Ill.
    • B.S. Psychology; CEL, DCE
  • Timothy Mehl, junior, Concordia, Mo.
    • B.S. Education (Secondary), History and Theology
  • Tyler Miles, senior, Omaha, Neb.
    • B.A. Psychology, CEL
  • Timothy Rasch, sophomore, Jos, Nigeria
    • B.S. Math, Computer Science
  • Daniel Spaulding, sophomore, Armada, Mich.
    • B.S. Education (Secondary)
  • Aaron Strackbein, junior, San Antonio, Texas
    • B.A. Theology, DCE
  • Austin Theriot, junior, Lake Charles, La.
    • B.M. Church Music
  • Caleb Worral, junior, Fargo, ND
    • B.A. English, Pre-Seminary

2017 University A Cappella Choir

Midwest Tour Itinerary

Thursday, March 23

2:00 p.m. Assembly

Living Word Lutheran High School

Jackson, WI 53037


7:00 p.m. Concert

First Immanuel Lutheran Church

W67N622 Evergreen Blvd.

Cedarburg, WI  53012

Friday, March 24

7:00 p.m. Concert

Our Shepherd Lutheran Church

2225 East Fourteen Mile Rd.

Birmingham, MI  48009

Saturday, March 25

6:30 p.m. Worship

8:00 p.m. Concert

St. Lorenz Lutheran Church

140 Churchgrove Rd.

Frankenmuth, MI  48734

Sunday, March 26

9:30 a.m. Worship

St. Lorenz Lutheran Church


7:00 p.m. Concert

Holy Cross Lutheran Church

3425 Crescent Ave.

Ft. Wayne, IN  46805

Monday, March 27

8:50 a.m. Chapel Service

Concordia Lutheran High School

1601 St. Joe River Drive

Fort Wayne, IN  46805


Sunday, April 2

2:00 p.m. Home Concert 1

St. Thomas Aquinas Church (Newman Center)

320 N. 16th St.

Lincoln, NE 68508

Sunday, April 2

7:30 p.m. Home Concert 2

St. John Lutheran Church

919 N. Columbia Ave.

Seward, NE 68434