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UWRF Symphony Band, Professor Receive Recognition

FEB. 29, 2008--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Symphony Band won the award for outstanding performance at the annual National Band Association's Wisconsin Chapter Convention Jan. 18-19.

UWRF music Professor Kristin Tjornehoj, conductor of the UWRF Symphony Band and who lives in Hudson, was also awarded with the Citation of Excellence.

The 45 students who comprise the Symphony Band were on a three-day tour that included six public schools and the 24th annual NBA Wisconsin Chapter Convention (WI-NBA).

University chapters are fairly new to the WI-NBA and were sparked by enthusiasm from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire just four years ago. UW-Eau Claire acted as a catalyst for other state colleges and universities and the WI-NBA receives more interest throughout the state university network.

"The newly formed NBA student chapter is a result of this convention's attendance and performance," said Tjornehoj. "The Symphony Band ensemble is a great outreach tool that shines for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Students in the ensemble were able to see the value of organizing to grow in leadership, service, and knowledge in the area of wind band."

The National Band Association, founded in 1960, is the largest band directors' professional organization in the world. It was organized for the purpose of promoting the musical and educational significance of bands and is dedicated to the attainment of a high level of excellence for bands and band music.

            The UWRF Symphony Band includes:


Colleen Kilian, senior, Music Education, New Richmond


Colleen Kilian,* senior, Music Education, New Richmond

Meghan Gaede,* senior , Music Education, Elmwood

Maite Oyarbide-Sanchez, Art and French Education, Madison

Katie Banaszynski, Elementary Education, Madison

Laura Hanson, Broad Area Music, Maple Grove, MN

Justine Schwartz, Broad Area Music, Maple Grove, MN

Ginny Carlson, Music Education, Belle Plaine, MN


Tim Baumann, Music Education, River Falls


Rachel Radkey,* senior, Music Education, Beldenville

Alex Jewell, Physics, White Bear Lake, MN

Becky Osterdyk, Math, Pine City, MN

Nikki Zeleny, Music Education, St. Michael, MN

Jeremy Semler, Music Education, Coon Rapids, MN

Tara Wambach, Music Education, St. Paul, MN


Mary Langdon, Music Education, Hudson


Brad Kerschner,* Biomedical Science (pre-med), Centerville, MN

Christy Dockendorf, International Studies and German, Oakdale, MN


Matt Muraski, Music Education, Spooner

Joshua Greenberg, Music Education, Poplar

Jenna Portner, Music Education, Winthrop, MN


Nate Bauermeister, Music Education, Brooklyn Park, MN


Michael Pearson,* senior, Music Education, River Falls


Jesse Talbot,* Music Education, Anoka, MN

Ashley Norskog, Music Education, Coon Rapids, MN

Tyler Halverson, Music Education, West Salem

Mike Freedman, Broad Area Music, Maple Grove, MN

Jamie DeGolier, Music Education, Cumberland

Rachel Burns, Music Education, Mazeppa, MN

Michael Defenbaugh, Music Education, Pine City, MN


Amanda Gunn, Music Education, Mounds View, MN

Jim Aerts, Music Education, Brillion

Jason Bystrom, Graduate, Hudson

Alex Meinike, Music Education, Hudson


Benjamin Allen, Music Education, Prescott

Bjorn Carlson, Broad Area Music, Somerset

Joe Baumann, Music Education, Hermantown, MN


Brian Nehring,* Broad Area Music, Bloomer


Brandon Kesler, Music Education, New Brighton, MN


Jordan Warfield,* Broad Area Music, Eagan, MN


Daniel Haugh, Music Education, Rochester, MN


Ashley Burbul,* Music Education, Eden Prairie, MN

Mark Christianson, Broad Area Music, Hudson

Brittany Greunke, Music Education, Hudson

Melanie Neumann, Music Education, Somerset

Andrea Richards, Music and Journalism, New Brighton, MN

*Section Leader


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