Concordia’s Vocal Jazz Choir to tour

Published by Danielle Luebbe 11 months ago on Thu, Apr 28, 2022 4:10 PM
Concordia University, Nebraska's Vocal Jazz Choir will tour the Midwest May 7-11, 2022.
Concordia University, Nebraska's Vocal Jazz Choir will tour the Midwest May 7-11, 2022.

Concordia University, Nebraska’s Vocal Jazz Choir will travel to Missouri, Indiana and Iowa for its performance tour May 7-11.

Under the direction of Dr. Kurt von Kampen, Concordia University Nebraska’s Vocal Jazz Choir, a 14-voice select ensemble which performs standard jazz and pop-influenced choral music, will perform in five cities on their tour. Concert sites include Kansas City, Missouri; St. Peters, Missouri; Indianapolis, Indiana; Fort Wayne, Indiana and Cedar Falls, Iowa.  

The choir, comprised of mostly music majors, has performed concerts and school assemblies throughout the Midwest including performances at the Nebraska Music Educator’s annual conference, the Columbus NCDA Jazz Festival, The Creston, Iowa FoxFest and in the historic Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, Mo.  

Concerts have featured performances of pieces such as Jerome Kern’s famous ballad “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” the Toto classic “Rosanna,” several Broadway musical numbers including “The Song of Purple Summer” from Spring Awakening and “Singin’ in the Rain” from the musical of the same name, and other well-known hits spanning nearly eight decades.  

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 and open to the public. 


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

Jill Bultemeier, senior, Texarkana, Texas

Aaron Christiansen, senior, Palmer, Alaska

Hannah Cmeyla, junior, Bay City, Mich.

Samuel Dunbar, freshman, Utica, Neb.

Kirsten Horne, freshman, Random Lake, Wis.

Jessica Landrey, sophomore, Seward, Neb.

Jonathan Landrey, junior, Seward, Neb.

Olivia Leising, junior, Arapahoe, Neb.

Christoph Marsh, junior, Concordia Mo.

Cecilia Minchow, senior, Lincoln, Neb.

Nathan Pennington, junior, Lincoln, Neb.

Jacee Pfeifer, senior, Holdrege, Neb.

Isaac Weander, sophomore, Norfolk, Neb.

Caleb Zeckzer, sophomore, New Haven, Ind.


Student Instrumentalists:

Jayson Klaumann, junior, Fairbury, Neb.

Calvin Rohde, sophomore, Reed City, Mich.


Performance Tour Itinerary

Saturday, May 7

Kansas City Lutheran High School

12411 Wornail Rd.

Kansas City, Mo., 64145

Concert time: 7 p.m.


Sunday, May 8

Calvary Lutheran Church

7500 Oak St.

Kansas City, Mo., 64114

Sunday Services: 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.


Lutheran High School

5100 Mexico Rd.

St. Peters, Mo., 63376

Concert time: 7 p.m.


Monday, May 9

Indianapolis Lutheran High School

5555 S. Arlington Ave.

Indianapolis, Ind., 46273

Concert time: 7 p.m.


Tuesday, May 10

Concordia Lutheran High School

1601 St. Joe River Drive

Fort Wayne, Ind., 46805

Concert time: 7 p.m.


Wednesday, May 11

Immanuel Lutheran Church

4820 Oster Parkway

Cedar Falls, Iowa, 50613

Concert time: 7 p.m.