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Release: Sept. 27, 2002

UI CHORAL GROUPS WILL SHARE CONCERT PROGRAM OCT. 11

Four choral ensembles from the University of Iowa School of Music -- the Women’s Chorus, Kantorei, Camerata Singers and University Choir -- will start their year with a shared concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will be free and open to the public.

Timothy Stalter, the director of choral activities at the School of Music, said he wanted to start the year by giving each group the chance to perform a short program. “This is something new I’m trying this year,” he said.

“The reason we’re doing it is to give each group something to work for early in the year -- a focus for their efforts before November. Since no single group has to carry a whole concert, they can concentrate on a few pieces and polish something early on, without having to do too much. That will be beneficial to the conductors and singers alike, to see how each group is shaping up.

“It also gives us all an extra opportunity to perform in the fall. I think it will be very beneficial for all of us.”

The relatively brief concert will also give the audience an opportunity to sample a wide variety of choral repertoire, as presented by the four groups.

The Women’s Chorus under conductor Paul J. Mayhew will perform Handel’s “Oh! Had I Jubal’s Lyre,” “Heart, We will Forget Him” by Michael Larkin and “Praise His Holy Name” by Keith Hampton. Pianist Michael Porter will accompany the Women’s Chorus.

Stalter will conduct Kantorei in performances of Renaissance composer William Byrd’s “Haec dies,” Georg Schumann’s “Das ist ein koestliches Ding” (That is a precious thing) and Aaron Copland’s “Thou, O Jehovah, Abideth Forever.”

The Camerata Singers under conductor Marc Falk will perform Falk’s own arrangement of “El Payasapo,” “Te Qiero” by Alberto Favero, arranged by Liliana Cangiano, and “Yo le canto el dia” by David Brunner. Marion Hayden is Camerata’s accompanist.

Stalter will return to conduct the University Choir in performances of “Cantate Domino” by Giovanni Croce, “Hear the Voice and Prayer” by Thomas Tallis and “Antiphona de Morte” by Barne Slogedal.

Stalter joined the UI faculty as director of choral activities in 1999. He directs Kantorei, the premier choral ensemble of the School of Music, teaches graduate conducting courses, and administers the graduate program in choral conducting. He has research interests in teaching conducting to undergraduate and graduate students and historical music performance practices. An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, he frequently presents clinics and workshops in choral conducting around the United States.

In addition to conducting and teaching choral music, Stalter is active as a tenor soloist in the United States and abroad. A specialist in the music of the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods, he is known for his performances as the Evangelist in the Passions of J.S. Bach and Heinrich Schuetz. He has appeared as tenor soloist with the Newfoundland Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in France, the Robert Shaw Chamber Choir in Atlanta, the Classical Music Seminar and Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. He has recorded as tenor soloist with conductor Robert Shaw on two compact discs released on the Telarc label.

Prior to coming to the UI, Stalter was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Goshen College in Indiana. He received a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, where he studied with renowned choral conductor Robert Fountain, and a masters from the University of Illinois, where he studied with Don Moses, who was UI director of choral activities in the 1980s.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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