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Local student appears with University of Iowa Old Gold Singers

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- (Name) of (hometown) is a member of the popular Old Gold Singers at the University of Iowa.

(Name), a (class standing) at the UI, is a graduate of (high school). S/he sing (voice part) with the group.

The Old Gold Singers is the University of Iowa show choir. An ensemble of the UI School of Music, the Old Gold Singers are led by UI graduate assistant Bret Peppo. The group consists of 34 singers, plus a nine-member instrumental combo.

The Old Gold Singers' next performance will be the annual holiday favorite, "Cocoa and Carols." This year's edition, featuring Santa riding in a horse-drawn sleigh, will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 in Hancher Auditorium on the UI campus.

"Cocoa and Carols" is traditionally one of the most popular holiday events for Iowa City-area audiences. The program features holiday favorites, including well-known Christmas carols, and a perennial favorite, a "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" sing-along.

A different choir of children will sing at each of the three performances: the Iowa City Girls Choir directed by Vicky Arnold at the Saturday performance; the Willowwind Children's Choir directed by Nancy Macfarlane at the Sunday 2 p.m. performance; and the Cedar Rapids Children's Chorus directed by Jennifer Lumpa at the Sunday 6 p.m. performance.

Also appearing on the program will be the Iowa City Chamber Singers directed by Ken Phillips on Saturday, and the Iowa City Old Capitol Chorus directed by former Old Gold Singers director James Berry at the Sunday evening performance. As is traditional for "Cocoa and Carols," Santa Claus will be a guest star and hot cocoa will be served to guests in the lobby after performances.

A special feature of this year's performances, the sleigh will appear in the "Winter Wonderland" Medley sequence and return with Santa for the grand finale of the show. The sleigh, a renovated antique, belongs to Deep River farmer Chuck Kiner. An experienced animal trainer, Kiner has previously provided four-legged extras for UI Opera Theater performances.

The Old Gold singers are a select musical group whose members are chosen by audition. In addition to "Cocoa and Carols," their campus performances include the annual "Swing Into Spring" and "Fall Festival" concerts. The group also travels throughout Iowa, performing for schools and community groups. Past tours outside the state have taken them to New York, Washington, D.C. and New Orleans.

Tickets for the event will be $9.50 general admission, $6.50 for UI students, seniors and youths. Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.

People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that a UI student from your community or readership area is a member of the 1997-98 Old Gold Singers. Names are listed below by hometown, with Iowa towns listed first. For each town, the name of the high school(s) from which the student(s) graduated are listed, followed by the students' names, class standing at the UI and voice part in the Old Gold Singers. Please note that hometown listings are based on information provided by the students.

IOWA

ALBIA: Albia High School -- Mark Maddy, senior, bass

CEDAR RAPIDS: Jefferson High School -- Kurt Kroemer, junior, bass; Amy Muzingo, sophomore, soprano

Kennedy High School -- Anne Gensicke, junior, alto

CLINTON: Clinton High School -- Angela Dixon, freshman, alto; Maria Gimenez, senior, soprano

DAVENPORT: Davenport West High School -- Ryan Lehman, junior, bass; Corry Spies, junior, bass

DES MOINES: West Des Moines Dowling High School -- Ben Geres, sophomore, tenor

FORT DODGE: Fort Dodge High School -- Anne Good, freshman, soprano; James Haase, freshman, bass; Lisa Redenius, junior, soprano

FORT MADISON: Fort Madison High School -- Chris Smith, freshman, bass

HUDSON: Hudson High School -- Aaron Chittenden, senior, bass; Adam Chittenden, sophomore, bass

IOWA CITY: Iowa City High School -- Bryan Plumb, sophomore, bass

Iowa City West High School -- Jarad Parker, graduate, tenor

JOHNSTON: Johnston High School -- Megan Bengard, sophomore, alto

LUVERNE: LuVerne High School -- Molly Burns, freshman, soprano

MARSHALLTOWN: Marshalltown High School -- Ben Hagen, sophomore, accompanist

MASON CITY: Mason City High School -- Chereen Lindstrom, junior, alto

SIOUX CITY: Sioux City North High School -- Clark Sturdevant, freshman, tenor

Sioux City South High School -- Amanda Sprague, senior, soprano

URBANDALE: Urbandale High School -- Megan Franzen, junior, alto

WELLMAN: Mid Prairie High School -- Collette Conway, freshman, soprano

HAWAII

HILO: Hilo High School -- Jennie Goya, junior, alto

ILLINOIS

ALGONQUIN: Archbishop Wood High School -- Tammy Konci, senior, alto

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS: Whelling High School -- Jeffrey Bergey, freshman, bass

CARY GROVE: Gary Grove High School -- Mike Broman, sophomore, tenor

CASEY: Casey Westfield High School -- Bret Peppo, graduate, director

METAMORA: Metamora High School -- Michael Dutton, junior, tenor

MARYLAND

LEONARDTOWN: Dekalb High School -- William Anderson, sophomore, bass

MINNESOTA

BLOOMINGTON: Jefferson High School -- Jane Samsal, sophomore, soprano;

Ashley Stockwell, junior, soprano

ROCHESTER: Mayo High School -- John Maragos, junior, bass

WISCONSIN

THIENSVILLE: Homestead High School -- Heidi Arkebauer, freshman, alto

12/1/97