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Choir Performs at State Choral Directors Association

By Justine Benzen
UW-RF University Communications

FEB. 3, 2006--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Concert Choir took a break from the semester break to perform at the 2006 Wisconsin Choral Directors Association Convention in Appleton, Wis.

The choir perfomed "Jesus I Adore Thee" arranged by Stephen Caracciolo, "Lux Aurumque," "Hosanna in Excelsis," and "Psalm 23" sung in Korean, "The Moon is Hiding," "O Shone Nacht," and "Kasar mie la Gaji."

Directed by music Professor Jong-Won Park, the Concert Choir has earned recognition as one of the top collegiate choirs in the Midwest. It was the only collegiate choir from the UW System selected to perform at the convention.

The choir has received critical acclaim for its enthusiastic musicality and beautiful choral tone, says Park. The choir performs standard sacred and secular choral literature dating from the renaissance era to the 21st century.

The choir has also toured Europe. Last May the choir made its debut Asian tour, performing with the well-known World Vision Children's Choir and the Kang-Neung City Professional Choir. The choir also performed at the world-renowned Muse Concert Hall in Tokyo during its visit to Japan. The choir also performs annually in the United States and travels overseas every other year.

Park also directs the Chamber Singers and teaches private voice lessons and choral conducting.

Choir members who performed at the convention included:

Soprano

Wisconsin:
Kimberly Cieslewicz from Galloway, Wis.
Kristen Clark from Fall Creek, Wis.
Elizabeth Collar from Hartford, Wis.
Kelley Cremin from Siren, Wis.
Cassie Nielsen from Bloomer, Wis.
Maria Olson from Plum City, Wis.
Felice Piantek from Green Bay, Wis.
Leah Bender from Whitehall, Wis.

Minnesota:
Mariah Ambrus from West St. Paul, Minn.
Barbara Bright from Coon Rapids, Minn.
Carrie Dahl from Lino Lakes, Minn.
Rachel Gilman from Brook Park, Minn.
Tracey Johannes from Stillwater, Minn.
Jennifer Lunsman from Andover, Minn.
Vanessa Percy from Hopkins, Minn.
Sarah Tacheny from Pine City, Minn.
Stephanie Webster from Shakopee, Minn.
Krissie Weckman from Shakopee, Minn.
Heidi Williams from Cannon Falls, Minn

California:
Amanda Forward from Scramento, Calif.

Alto

Wisconsin:
Johannah Brooks from Reedsburg, Wis.
Jamie DeGolier from Cumberland, Wis.
Chelsea Gartner from New Richmond, Wis.
Natalie Hanken from Ellsworth, Wis.
Trisha Skinner from Kaukauna, Wis.
Alison Woodford from Menomonie, Wis.
Tricia Turner from Cameron, Wis.

Minnesota:
Beth Allen from Duluth, Minn.
Sonja Baron from Brooklyn Park, Minn.
Anne Beckman from Maple Grove, Minn.
Katherine Kawalek from Lakeville, Minn.
Jess Mynars from Minnetonka, Minn.
Jenna Portner from Winthrop, Minn.
Caitlin Peterson from Prior Lake, Minn.
Alyssa Suddendorf from Byron, Minn.
Samantha Wenwoi from Minneapolis, Minn.

Korea:
Jeongin Kim from Seoul, Korea

Tenor

Wisconsin:
Mark Barnard from Westfield, Wis.
Benjamin Blanchard from Hudson, Wis.
Jason Fahl from Menomonie, Wis.
J.J. Mosher from Webster, Wis.
Brian Nehring from Bloomer, Wis.
Kevin Rockwood from Onalaska, Wis.

Minnesota:
Matt Loosbrock from Lindstrom, Minn.
Kristofer Kulsrud from Apple Valley, Minn.
Anthony Schmitz from Stillwater, Minn.

Bass

Wisconsin:
Jeff Dalsveen from Chippewa Falls, Wis.
James King from Sacramento, Calif.
Steven Koehler from Cumberland, Wis.
Royal Palmer from Luck, Wis.
David Reilly from River Falls, Wis.

Minnesota:
Steven Kaul from Afton, Minn.
Eric Bigalke from Little Falls, Minn.
Scott Perau from Dodge Center, Minn.
Matthew Sheppard from Elk River, Minn.

Other states/countries:
Changmean Kim from Seoul, Korea
Patrick Callaghan from Ft. Wayne, Ind.

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