University Wind Ensemble performs spring concert

Published by Concordia University, Nebraska 3 years ago on Thu, Mar 8, 2018 10:34 AM
The University Wind Ensemble will perform its spring concert at St. John Lutheran Church at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 25.

The University Wind Ensemble of Concordia University, Nebraska, will perform its spring concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward, Nebraska.

The Wind Ensemble will be performing the concert as the final performance of their spring tour. The program includes “‘Tis A Gift” (based on the Shaker song “Simple Gifts”) by Anne McGinty, a stirring setting of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” by Steve Rouse, David Holsinger’s setting of the spiritual “Were You There” in a piece titled “On An American Spiritual” and John Philip Sousa’s “The Thunderer.” The program will also include music by Percy Grainger, Frank Ticheli, Alfred Reed and James Swearingen.

“The University Wind Ensemble has gained a reputation for engaging and entertaining performances of outstanding sacred and traditional concert band literature,” said Andrew Schultz, conductor of the Wind Ensemble. “Throughout the long history of the band program at Concordia, the concert bands have toured extensively throughout the United States. The primary goal of the band tours is to serve as ambassadors for Concordia University by sharing the Gospel message of Jesus Christ through music.”

The University Wind Ensemble was formed in 1906 and is the oldest continuing musical organization at Concordia. The ensemble places emphasis on sacred, multicultural and contemporary literature, as well as traditional concert band repertoire. The tour locations include St. Paul Lutheran Church in St. Joseph, Missouri, Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Bellevue, and St. John Lutheran Church in Seward.

Members of the 2017–18 University Wind Ensemble (listed by home state, home city, and then last name in alphabetical order):


Jacob Mikkelson, sophomore, Bellevue, Neb., horn

Dane Pedersen, junior, Columbus, Neb., tuba

Macey Kroeger, sophomore, Dannebrog, Neb., bass clarinet

Nathan Klaumann, junior, Fairbury, Neb., percussion

Caleb Staehr, junior, Grand, Island, Neb., baritone sax

Britnee Fear, junior, Hershey, Neb., tuba

Hannah Birtell, freshman, Holdrege, Neb., horn

Lukas Sollberger, freshman, Louisville, Neb., trumpet

Amelia Schlichting, freshman, Lyons, Neb., clarinet

Abigail Jeppesen, freshman, Pleasant Dale, Neb., clarinet

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

Nolan Homp, freshman, Seward, Neb., trombone

Joshua Hendrickson, sophomore, Seward, Neb., euphonium

Colin Renkert, sophomore, Sidney, Neb., percussion

Rebecca Hoffschneider, sophomore, Utica, Neb., flute

Shiloh Richters, freshman, Utica, Neb., trumpet

Caleb Ristvedt, junior, Utica, Neb., trombone

Joel Ristvedt, senior, Utica, Neb., horn


Miriam Lipke, sophomore, Alamosa, Colo., clarinet

Naomi Bauer, junior, Chipita Park, Colo., oboe

Paul Hammes, junior, Colorado Springs, Colo., bassoon

Paul Symes, junior, Woodland Park, Colo., clarinet


Samuel Smith, sophomore, Broadlands, Ill., tuba

Matthew Kortze, senior, Rockford, Ill., percussion

Jonathan Grant, junior, Waterloo, Ill., trumpet


Whitney Pottschmidt, sophomore, Seymour, Ind., oboe


Cole Wohlgemuth, senior, Alton, Iowa, euphonium


Elizabeth Frakes, junior, Ellinwood, Kan., flute

Katherine Wehling, junior, Liberal, Kan., flute

Valery Rostek, sophomore, Norton, Kan., tenor sax

Leah Werling, junior, Solomon, Kan., clarinet

Matthew Goltl, sophomore, Wichita, Kan., percussion


Josiah Schultz, junior, Bay City, Mich., euphonium

Emma Odorico, junior, Houghton Lake, Mich., alto sax


Brandon Holmes, sophomore, Waconia, Minn., trumpet


Alexis Burrow, junior, Concordia, Mo., trumpet

Elizabeth Bergdolt, freshman, St. Joseph, Mo., horn

Sarah Brutlag, senior, St. Louis, Mo., flute

Sarah Schryver, freshman, St. Louis, Mo., clarinet

South Dakota

Hannah Wiedebush, freshman, Mansfield, S.D., trumpet


Rachel Dorn, junior, Houston, Texas, percussion

Mikayla Eifert, senior, Houston, Texas, trombone


Sarah Benz, freshman, Campbellsport, Wis., alto sax