KU News Release

April 12, 2010
Contact: Erin Curtis-Dierks, School of Music, (785) 864-9742

KU choirs touring seven Kansas cities April 19-21

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LAWRENCE — Members of the University of Kansas Chamber Choirs will showcase their talents during a two-day, seven-city tour across Kansas.

The choirs will travel April 19-21 to Burlington, Marion, Hutchinson, Greensburg, Meade, Garden City and WaKeeney. All concerts are free and open to the public. Paul Tucker, associate professor of music, will conduct.

The initiative is being led by KU alumnus Dr. Robert “Bob” Daugherty, of Reno, Nev. Daughtery, a longtime supporter of KU choral programs, grew up in Meade. In 2002, he created the Sandra Keller Daugherty Choir fund in memory of his late wife, who performed in the KU choirs as a student. The fund, which he established through KU Endowment, has provided support for numerous choral activities. To raise funds for the upcoming tour, Daugherty worked with Beverly Benso of Lawrence and other KU alumni and friends.

The concert schedule:

Monday, April 19

— Burlington High School, 830 Cross St., 10 a.m.
— Marion High School, 701 East Main St., 1 p.m.
— Fox Theatre, 18 E. First Ave., Hutchinson, 6:45 p.m. (a gathering for Hutchinson-area alumni will precede the concert at 6 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 20

— Greensburg High School, 600 South Main St., 10 a.m.
— Meade High School, 409 School Addition, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, April 21

— Garden City Senior High School, 1412 North Main St., 9 a.m.
— Trego Community High School, 1200 Russell Ave., WaKeeney, 12:30 p.m.

“We’re grateful to Dr. Daugherty, Mrs. Benso and all of the donors who have made this opportunity possible,” said Dina Pannabecker Evans, career services and outreach coordinator for the School of Music. “It’s a great experience for our students. They recognize what an honor it is to represent the School of Music and the University of Kansas. We also look forward to connecting with alumni on the trip, thanks to Heath Peterson and Jake Strecker of the KU Alumni Association.”

The fund is managed by KU Endowment, the official fundraising and fund-management foundation for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

KU choir members on the tour are listed by hometown, major, level in school, parents’ names (when available), previous schools attended or degrees earned and vocal performance part.

From Burlington 66839
Brent Lucas Stull, junior in organ; son of Bruce and Annette Stull; Burlington High School; tenor.

From Lawrence 66044
William Joseph Bearden, master’s student in Russian and East European studies, music and theater; bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University, summer 2000; bass.

Harrison T. Swartz, master’s student in Spanish; son of Stephen and Judith Swartz; bachelor’s degrees in political science and Spanish from KU, spring 2009; Lawrence High School; tenor.

From Lawrence 66046
Christopher P. Bohling, senior in voice; son of Geoff and Gwen Bohling; Lawrence High School; bass.

From Lawrence 66047
Michael A. Austin, senior in voice; son of Michael Austin; Lawrence High School; bass.

Kathryn Anne George, senior in social work; Lawrence High School; soprano.

Lisette Gemma Van de Liefvoort, master’s student in business administration; daughter of Appie and Els Van de Liefvoort; bachelor’s degree in communication studies with a co-major in international studies and minors in German and music from KU, spring 2008; Lawrence High School; alto.

From Lecompton 66050
Sarah Gail Howard, senior in music education; daughter of Greg and Carol Howard; Perry-Lecompton High School; alto.

From Garden City 67846
Kristen Marie Doering, senior in piano; daughter of Michael and Cynthia Doering; Garden City Senior High School; alto.

From Ingalls 67853
Justin Hal Kelly, freshman in music composition; son of Ron and Diana Byerly; Garden City Senior High School; tenor.

From Leawood 66209
Sara Jeanette Blakesley, senior in voice; daughter of Scott and Joyce Blakesley; Blue Valley North High School, Overland Park; alto.

From Mission 66202
Christopher Alan Krampe, doctoral student in musical arts; master’s of music from KU, fall 2009; bachelor’s degree from Drake University, spring 2004; bass.

From Olathe 66061
Jessica N. Habluetzel, senior in music therapy and Spanish; daughter of Clair and Patti Habluetzel; Olathe Northwest High School; soprano.

From Overland Park 66207
Casey Michael Williams, senior in music composition; son of Michael and Patricia Williams; Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village; bass.

From Overland Park 66212
Legna Ghislain Cedillo, freshman psychology; daughter of Angel and Elizabeth Cedillo; Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village; soprano.

From Stilwell 66085
Jessica Lee Burke, senior in architectural studies; daughter of John and Laura Burke; Blue Valley High School; alto.

From Manhattan 66503
Lindsay Christina Arthur, senior in voice; daughter of Thomas and Suzanne Arthur; Manhattan High School; alto.

From Ogallah 67656
Callie Schlegel, senior in voice; daughter of Elmer and Myrna Schlegel; soprano.

From Greenwood 72936
Ryan H. Fox, doctoral student in musical arts; son of Ronnie Fox and Susan Fox; bachelor’s degree, fall 2001, and master’s degree, summer 2006, both from the University of Central Arkansas; tenor.

From Morrison 61270
Andrea Jean Tomasino, senior in speech-language-hearing; Morrison Community High; alto.

From Metairie 70003
Victoria Lynne Perdue, senior in music education and voice, daughter of Alvin and Andrea Babin; Alfred T. Bonnabel High School, Kenner, La.; soprano.

From Kirkwood 63122
Lucille Anne Conklin, senior in voice; daughter of Kathryn Sherrick; Kirkwood High School; soprano.

From Springfield 65803
Emily Anne Krampe, senior in linguistics, daughter of David and Mary Seibert; bachelor’s degrees from Drake University, spring 2005; Springfield Catholic High School; soprano.

From Sioux Falls 57106
David Leon Dehoogh-Kliewer, doctoral student in musical arts; master’s degree from the University of South Dakota-Vermillion, summer 2002; bachelor’s degree from Bethel College, North Newton, Kan., spring 1995; bass.

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