University of Iowa News Release
Jan. 22, 2004
Local Students Attend Honor String Orchestra At UI
Students from (hometown) are among 54 high school string players from five states participating in the annual Honor String Orchestra at the University of Iowa School of Music Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31.
The activities will conclude with a free public concert under the direction of William LaRue Jones, director of the University of Iowa Symphony, at 7 p.m. Saturday evening, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Students attending the event play in the orchestra at (name of school). Students playing in the UI Honor Orchestra are: (name of student; year in school; instrument; the son/daughter of parents' names).
Students were selected for the Honor Orchestra by the recommendation their high school orchestra directors.
Jones organized the Honor Orchestra in 2001 along the lines of similar events that are held for high school band and choir students.
"This festival is specifically designed to provide for excellent string players the unique opportunity to experience an intense, day-long, workshop with other talented youth from throughout the Midwest," Jones said. "The University of Iowa School of Music is pleased to sponsor this festival at no cost to its participants. The repertoire has been selected to invigorate, stimulate and musically stretch each student."
The Honor String Orchestra will perform three works: "Irish tune from County Derry" -- better known as the song "Danny Boy" -- as arranged by Percy Grainger; "Lady Radnor's Suite" by Hubert Parry; and the Octet for Strings in E-flat major by Felix Mendelssohn.
A UI music alumnus, Jones joined the faculty of the School of Music in 1997 as director of the University Symphony and director of orchestral studies. Prior to joining the UI faculty, Jones was the founding music director/administrator of the internationally recognized Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.
Jones has appeared as a guest conductor with a wide array of professional, festival, collegiate and student ensembles throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. He has conducted over 70 All-State orchestras with additional festival/clinics in most of the 50 states and Canadian provinces. He is a member of the conducting faculty at the International Workshops where he also serves as conductor of the International String Orchestra. He also is the founding artistic director of the Conductors Workshop of America.
Jones is a highly honored musician, having received the Twin Cities Mayors' Public Art Award, the American String Teachers Association Exceptional Leadership and Merit Award and the David W. Preuss Leadership Award. He has also been selected Musician of the Year by Sigma Alpha Iota, a music honorary society.
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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EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that students from your community or readership area are participating in the Honor String Orchestra at the UI School of Music. The students are listed below, arranged alphabetically by town. Each town is followed by school names, the names of students, the year in school, the instrument that each plays and the parents' names. Please note that the list is based on information provided by the students; we have given you all the information we currently have available. Information is listed by the students' hometowns, rather than the towns where the schools are located, so you should check for listings under all the communities in your readership area. For clarification, or to arrange local photo opportunities, you may contact the local school or orchestra director.
IOWA CITY: West High School - Asale Hubbard, senior, violin, James & Deborah
Hubbard; Anne Langguth, junior, viola, Brad & Nancy Langguth
MT. VERNON: Mt. Vernon High School - Allie Chadwick, freshman, cello, Barbara Chadwick; Melanie Corpe, sophomore, cello, Duane Corpe & Colleen Kobe; Nicole Gnatek, sophomore, violin, Laura Gnatek; Elizabeth Klaus, junior, viola, John Klaus & Heidi Hormann; Neal Reasland, senior, cello; Ray & Nancy Reasland; Molly Thornton, junior, violin, John & Karen Thornton; Aryn Walton, junior, viola, Doug & Linda Walton
PELLA: Pella High School - Cole Guillien, sophomore, cello, Vince & Sara
Guillien; Alli Linn, junior, cello, Myron & Leanne Linn; Savannah Veenstra,
senior, viola, Bradley & Cheryl Veenstra; Amanda Wills, junior, viola,
Kim & Diane Wills
ST. CLOUD: Technical High School - Alex Corbett, sophomore, violin, Michael & Joni Corbett
ST. PAUL: Henry Sibley High School - Jacob Pierson, junior, bass, Marlin & Nancy Pierson; Grace Stone, junior, violin, Peter & Nancy Stone
WELCH: Hastings High School - Kelsey Plucker, senior, viola, Jim & Judy Plucker
NORFOLK: Norfolk Senior High School - Ashley Andrews, junior, violin, Colin & Carol Andrews; Jenny Goforth, senior, violin, Edward & Sharon Goforth; Brandi Oviedo, senior, cello, Frank & Jane Oviedo
RIVERDALE: Kearney High School - Cassandra Johnson, senior, violin, R. Guy & Patricia Johnson
SHAWANO: Shawano High School - Brianna Huffman, senior, viola, Guy & Heather Huffman; Amy Warmenhoven, junior, bass, Pete & Patti Warmenhoven
WEST BEND: West Bend East High School - Jennifer Gergetz, junior, violin, Joseph & Patricia Gergetz; Kirsten Mitchel, junior, cello, Andy & Christine Mitchel
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.
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