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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
Womens 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 Im trying this year,
The reason were 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 Womens Chorus under conductor Paul J. Mayhew will perform Handels
Oh! Had I Jubals Lyre, Heart, We will Forget Him
by Michael Larkin and Praise His Holy Name by Keith Hampton. Pianist
Michael Porter will accompany the Womens Chorus.
Stalter will conduct Kantorei in performances of Renaissance composer William
Byrds Haec dies, Georg Schumanns Das ist ein
koestliches Ding (That is a precious thing) and Aaron Coplands
Thou, O Jehovah, Abideth Forever.
The Camerata Singers under conductor Marc Falk will perform Falks 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 Cameratas 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
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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