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Oct. 20, 2006

UI School Of Music Presents Annual 'Choral Collage' Oct. 28

The University of Iowa School of Music will present its annual "Choral Collage," a gala concert featuring four vocal ensembles -- the Women's Chorus, Camerata Singers, University Choir and Kantorei -- at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 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 likes to start the year by giving each group the chance to perform a short program alone. "It's an excellent opportunity for the School of Music choral area to showcase the depth and variety of choral ensembles at the University.

"This particular fall, with all of the mass choir concerts associated with the 100th anniversary of the School of Music, this concert serves as the only venue for each choir to sing individually."

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.

Women's Choir, directed by graduate assistant Marin Jacobson, will sing "Ave verum" by the Renaissance composer Josquin des Prez, "How Merrily We Live" by Michael Este, the Scottish folk song "Flow Gently, Sweet Afton" arranged by Lana Walter, and the Christmas song "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day" arranged by John Rutter.

Camerata Singers, directed by David Puderbaugh, will sing "Exsultate justi" by the early Baroque composer Lodovico Viadana; Mozart's "Sancta Maria," K273; the Vepsic folk tune "Vagisi Mehele" (Forced to marry a man) adapted by Veljo Tormis; and the English/Canadian folksong "Savory, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme" arranged by Donald Patriquin.

The University Choir, directed by Stalter, will sing two pieces: "O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf" by Johannes Brahms, and the spiritual "My God is a Rock" arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw.

Kantorei, directed by Stalter, will sing "All This Night" by Gerald Finzi, "A Spotless Rose" by Herbert Howells, two of the Eight Conzonets by Jeremy Dale Roberts and Benjamin Britten's "Hymn to St. Cecilia."

Stalter joined the UI faculty as director of choral activities in 1999. An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, he frequently presents clinics and workshops in choral conducting around the United States. He is also active as a tenor soloist who is known in the United States and Europe for his performances as the Evangelist in the Passions of J.S. Bach and Heinrich Schuetz. For more information, see

Puderbaugh joined the UI faculty as assistant director of choral activities in 2006. He conducts Camerata and teaches graduate choral literature. He received a bachelor's degree from Drake University, a master's degree and doctorate from the UI. His research interest in Estonian choral music led in a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct dissertation research on that country's national song festivals during the Soviet occupation. For more information, see:

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