University of Dubuque Choir to Tour Southeastern States and Puerto Rico

May 7, 2007 | University of Dubuque Theological Seminary

Members of the University of Dubuques Concert Choir will perform concerts in four states - Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and Illinois  and in Puerto Rico on a 11-day tour, beginning Monday, May 14. 

The choir, under the direction of Dr. Charles Barland, will perform a variety of works including Psalm settings, Spirituals, and Folk Songs. "We are very excited to travel as a choir to the Southeast U.S. and Puerto Rico," said Barland. "For many of our students, this will be their first trip to this area. The choir is eager to share our music, meet new people, and see many wonderful sites." 

The history of music at the University of Dubuque goes back to the early part of the twentieth 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 Hymn Festival, and a spring concert during the University's 2007 Arts Celebration. 

The Concert Choir's spring tour schedule is as follows: 
Monday, May 14, 9:00 a.m. - St. Mary's School, San Juan, Puerto Rico 
Monday, May 14, 12:00 p.m. - San Juan Cathedral, San Juan, Puerto Rico 
Tuesday, May 15, 9:00 a.m. - Academia San Jorge, San Juan, Puerto Rico 
Tuesday, May 15, 1:00 p.m. - American Military Academy, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico 
Wednesday, May 16, 1:30 p.m. - Antilles High School, Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico 
Thursday, May 17, 7:00 p.m. - Shallowford Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georga 
Friday, May 18, 7:00 p.m. - College Park Presbyterian Church, Orlando, Florida 
Sunday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. - First Presbyterian Church, Hollywood, Florida 
Tuesday, May 22, 7:00 p.m. - Faith Presbyterian Church, Tallahassee, Florida 
Wednesday, May 23, 6:30 p.m. - Brainerd United Methodist Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee 
Thursday, May 24, 7:00 p.m. - Church of the Holy Family, Danville, Illinois 

Members of the Choir include Brittney Andorf (daughter of Kenneth and Terri Andorf of Garrison, IA), Alissa Balsley (daughter of David and Janice Balsley of Brea, CA), Paul Banowetz (son of Richard and Deana Banowetz of Grand Mound, IA), Nicholas Booth (Clarke College student, son of Dennis and Marlene Booth of Central City, IA), Patrick Broderick (son of Raymond and Linda Broderick of McHenry, IL), Adrienne Broshous (daughter of Robert and Marcia Broshous of Galena, IL), Christopher Brown (son of Todd and Karen Brown of Hillard, OH), Christopher Civitate (son of James and Karla Civitate of Des Moines, IA), Elizabeth Delp (daughter of James and Roberta Delp of Darlington, WI), Dena Donatsch (daughter of Robert and Marjorie Donatsch of Maquoketa, IA), Tanisha Durham (daughter of Terrie Durham of Waterloo, IA), Frances Eggers (daughter of David and Vickie Eggers of Clinton, IA), Camille Fank (daughter of John and Dixie Fank of Walker, IA), Erica Felton (daughter of Michael and Nancy Felton of Monticello, IA), Tami Gibbs (daughter of Gary and Nancy Gibbs of McHenry, IL), Chazse Goddard (son of Charles and Kay Goddard of DeWitt, IA), Cadlee Hardy (daughter of Don and Jacki Hardy of Platteville, WI), Kayla Hecimovich (daughter of Robert and Amy Hecimovich of Madison, WI), 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), Amy Kent (daughter of Linda Kent of Clinton, IA), Duncan Marshall (son of Timothy and Jill Marshall of La Porte City, IA), Justine May (daughter of James and Kristine May of Viola, IA), Morgan Meyer (daughter of Richard and Caroline Meyer of Germantown, WI), 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), Tyler Owen (son of Jeffrey and Kimberly Owen of Monticello, IA), Fawn Peterson (daughter of Dennis and Dang Peterson of East Dubuque, IL), Christine Roller (daughter of Edwin and Sharon Roller of Monticello, IA), Paige Rubel (daughter of John and Tracey Rubel of Bellevue, IA), Sara Sadewasser (Clarke College student, daughter of Matt and Beth Sadewasser of Guttenberg, IA), Erin Turner (daughter of Jacie Turner and Terry Turner both of Clinton, IA), and Douglas Wills (son of Douglas and Lisa Wills, Sr. of Odenton, MD).