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May 04, 2006
University of Dubuque Choir to Tour Southeastern States


Members of the University of Dubuque's Concert Choir will perform concerts in 10 states- Iowa, Missouri, Tennessee, North Carolina, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, and Wisconsin- in 12 days, beginning Monday, May 15.

The choir, under the direction of Dr. Charles Barland, will perform a variety of works including Psalm settings, Spirituals, and Folk Songs. "A tour like this is very important to the artistic progress of the choir and for the friendships made or renewed along the way," said Barland. "Each city we visit, each church we sing in, every person we meet will hold a special place in the hearts of our students for the rest of their lives. We look forward to sharing our music and the University with many people during the course of the tour."

The history of music at the University of Dubuque goes back to the early part of the 20th century. As early as 1918, there was a co-ed choral music ensemble, a men's glee club, a band, and an orchestra. Beginning in the 1920s, the concert choir toured regularly. Concerts were performed in churches and schools throughout the Midwest.

Today the University of Dubuque Choir is returning to its heritage- growing in numbers and expanding its performance schedule. This year, choir events included a joint performance with the University of Dubuque Seminary Choir at the annual Fall Convocation, Homecoming weekend performances, a fundraiser/dinner concert, UD's annual "Christmas on the Quad," a benefit concert to raise funds for cancer research, and a spring concert during the University's 2006 Arts Week.

The Concert Choir's spring tour schedule is as follows:

Monday, May 15, 7:00 p.m.- First Presbyterian Church, Argyle, Iowa.

Tuesday, May 16, 7:00 p.m.- Sutter Presbyterian Church, Bridgeton, Missouri.

Wednesday, May 17, 6:45 p.m.- Graystone Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Thursday, May 18, 7:00 p.m.- First Presbyterian Church, Kernersville, North Carolina.

Friday, May 19, 7:00 p.m.- Limestone Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware.

Sunday, May 21, 8:00 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.; and 11:00 a.m.- Nichols Bethel United Methodist Church, Odenton, Maryland.

Tuesday, May 23, 7:00 p.m.- Falling Spring Presbyterian Church, Glasgow, Virginia.

Wednesday, May 24, 7:00 p.m.- First Presbyterian Church, Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Thursday, May 25, 7:00 p.m.- Trinity Lutheran Church, Ottawa, Illinois.

Friday, May 26, 7:00 p.m.- St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Reedsburg, Wisconsin.


Members of the Choir include Paul Banowetz (son of Richard and Deana Banowetz of Grand Mound, IA), Bridgett Boone (daughter of Tammy Banks of Savanna, IL and Cletis Charles of Spearsville, IL), Patrick Broderick (son of Raymond and Linda Broderick of McHenry, IL), Adrienne Broshous (daughter of Robert and Marcia of Galena, IL), Kathleen Conway (daughter of Pamela Conway of Wilton, WI and James Conway of East Holmen, WI), Erika Dye (daughter of John and Cynthia Dye of Bellevue, IA), Frances Eggers (daughter of David and Vickie Eggers of Clinton, IA), Tami Gibbs (daughter of Gary and Nancy Gibbs of McHenry, IL), Chazse Goddard (son of Charles and Kay Goddard of DeWitt, IA), Scott Jesiolowski (son of Charisse Jesiolowski of Wyanet, IL), Kara Karlin (daughter of Vicky Rummel of Reedsburg, WI and Eugene Karlin of Greenfield, WI), Tony Keefe (son of David and Amy Keefe of Argyle, IA), Nathan Lockwood (son of Jerry and Karen Lockwood of Homewood, IL), Duncan Marshall (son of Timothy and Jill Marshall of La Porte City, IA), Justine May (daughter of James and Kristine May of Viola, IA), Jeanette Morgan (daughter of H. James and Bonnie Morgan of DeLand, FL), Daniel Nelson (son of Kevin and Marjorie Nelson of Ottawa, IL), Keigo Nishida (son of Eji and Wanda Nishida of Zushi, Japan), Jenna Olson (daughter of David and Karla Olson of Maquoketa, IA), Heidi Raab (daughter of Randall and Tonya Raab of Lena, IL), Christine Roller (daughter of Edwin and Sharon Roller of Monticello, IA), Timothy Rupert (son of Steve and Sharla Rupert of Paullina, IA), Katie Sickels (daughter of Gary and Bonnie Sickels of Waukon, IA), Aaron Soenksen (son of Russell and Sandy Soenksen of DeWitt, IA), Erin Turner (daughter of Jacie Turner and Terry Turner both of Clinton, IA), Therese Wells (daughter of Mary Wells of Independence, IA), Douglas Wills (son of Douglas and Lisa Wills, Sr. of Odenton, MD), Cindi Young (daughter of Joann Young of Des Moines, IA), and Caroline Zelent (daughter of Randall and Rebecca Zelent of Merrill, IA).