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Aug. 31, 2010
Contact: Erin Curtis Dierks, School of Music, (785) 864-9742

KU choirs prepare for fall concerts following performances in Italy

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LAWRENCE — Following a tour of Italy, members of the University of Kansas tour choir are preparing for fall concerts on campus as well as appearances in Hays and Johnson County.

Led by Paul Tucker, director of choral activities, the 31-member choir returned in late May following a nine-day tour in Venice, Florence and Rome that included a once-in-a-lifetime performance at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

In addition to concerts scheduled this fall on campus, KU choirs will perform a Nov. 21 concert in Hays sponsored by the KU Alumni Association and a Dec. 4 concert at the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College as part of “Vespers on the Road.” The tour choir comprises members from nine performing choirs in the School of Music.

In Italy, the choir performed for Mass at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice and performed outdoors in Florence, including an impromptu performance on the steps of the Duomo, the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral. The group also performed concerts at the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta in Carmignano and the Basilica di Santa Crocce in Florence, the burial place of Galileo, Machiavelli and composer Rossini.

They performed for the Pentecost Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, where the program included Mendelssohn’s “Weinachten” sung in German, Rachmaninoff’s “Borgoroditse Djevo” in Russian, “Palestrina’s “Sicut Cervus” in Latin, C.V. Stanford’s “The Blue Bird” and “Requiem” by the American songwriter Eliza Gilkyson.

“Immediately following our performance at St. Peter’s, we were invited to take a photograph in the Basilica and then have an audience with the Cardinal,” Tucker said. “This was quite spontaneous, and I was later informed that it is also a rare occurrence. He commented on our performance of ‘Requiem,’ saying it was quite fitting for that day, and then he presented us with gifts. This was truly a once in a lifetime event for us.”

Students who performed on the tour are listed below by hometown, level in school, parents’ names and high school (when available). Three of the choir members were spring 2010 graduates not returning to KU this fall.

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

Timothy Gregory Gabriel, master’s student in music; bachelor’s degree from Augustana College South Dakota.

From Lawrence 66044 and 66046
Sarah Sybille Bodle, sophomore in music; daughter of Cheryl Wagner and John Bodle; Lawrence High School.

From Lawrence 66046
Eric R. Abney, senior in music education; son of Robert Klohr and Janice Abney-Klohr.

From Lawrence 66046 and 66047
Rebecca Ruth Larson Beaulieu, spring 2010 graduate with a bachelor’s in music education; daughter of Dale Beaulieu and Lorna Larson; Lawrence High School.

From Lawrence 66047
Kathryn Anne George, senior in social work; Lawrence High School.

Rebecca Leigh Hinshaw, senior in music education; daughter of Michelle and Thomas Jennings; Lawrence High School.

Lisette Gemma Van de Liefvoort, spring 2010 graduate with master’s of business administration; daughter of Appie and Els Van de Liefvoort; bachelor’s degree in communication studies from KU, spring 2008; Lawrence High School.

From Lawrence 66047 and 66049
Megan Elizabeth Andrews, sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; daughter of Jay Andrews and Jennifer Andrews.

Jennifer Lynne Aucott, sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; daughter of Walter Aucott and Carol Lowery; Lawrence Free State High School.

Katherine Virginia Aucott, senior in psychology; daughter of Walt and Carol Aucott; Lawrence Free State High School.

From Lawrence 66049
Alexa Jaye Clements, sophomore in Spanish and music composition; daughter of Jay and Kim Clements; Lawrence Free State High School.

Emily Elizabeth Foerschler, junior in music education; daughter of C. Matthew and Rebecca Foerschler; Lawrence Free State High School.

Nathan Ideus, junior in chemistry and human biology; son of Wayne and Patti Ideus; Lawrence Free State High School.

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

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

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

From Overland Park 66213
Kaitlin Ann Cummings, master’s student in speech-language pathology; daughter of Lisa and Mark Cummings; bachelor’s degree in communication studies from KU, spring 2010.

From Overland Park 66223
Joshua Thomas Dean, junior in economics; son of Margaret and Thomas Dean; Blue Valley High School, Stilwell.

From Prairie Village 66208
James M. Levy, spring 2010 graduate with a bachelor’s in music education; son of Steven and Suzanne Levy; Shawnee Mission East High School.

From Roeland Park 66205
Nicholas Paul Mourlam, junior in music education and organ; son of Jeffrey and Barbara Mourlam; Bishop Miege High School.

REPUBLIC COUNTY
From Courtland 66939
Kira Dawn Odell, junior in music education; daughter of Rebecca and Bradley Odell; Pike Valley High School.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita 67235
Heather Lynn Barney, junior in music therapy; daughter of Ted Barney; Flower Mound (Texas) High School.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka 66605
Caitlin D. Buss, junior in music education; daughter of Patrick and Jenny Buss; Shawnee Heights Senior High School.

TREGO COUNTY
From Ogallah 67656
Callie Schlegel, master’s student in music; daughter of Elmer and Myrna Schlegel; bachelor’s in music from KU, spring 2010.

ILLINOIS
From Franklin Park 60131
Kaleen Elizabeth Dolan, junior in music therapy; daughter of Elizabeth Hodyl; East Leyden High School.

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

MISSOURI
From Ballwin 63011
Skyler Anne Brussee, senior in music education; daughter of Helen and Richard Race; Parkway West High School.

NEBRASKA
From Aurora 68818
Laura B. Whitney, senior in Spanish; daughter of William and Jan Whitney; Aurora High School.

NEW MEXICO
From Santa Cruz 87567
Nathan Paul Salazar, senior in piano and voice; son of Leonard and Carmen Salazar.

WEST VIRGINIA
From Morgantown 26505
Joseph William Carr, junior in theatre and voice; son of Timothy and Margaret Carr; Lawrence (Kan.) Free State High School.


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