The Buena Vista University Concert Choir will present its final concert of the 2011-2012 season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 20 in Schaller Memorial Chapel on the BVU campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The concert will recognize 12 graduating seniors, include music selections for the upcoming European concert tour, and will feature five student choral conductors. A variety of music will be on the program, including selections by Philip Stopford, Ola Gjeilo, the African (Maddux) arrangement of O Sifuni Mungu, Jeffrey Ames, and Madonna Ciccone’s arrangement of Like a Prayer (Glee).
The 2012 student conductors are: Kayla Shadlow, senior vocal music education major from Storm Lake; Sheldon Paramore, senior communication major from Youngstown, Ohio; Kylie Peterson, senior vocal music education/performance major from Lincoln, Neb; Jacob Pedersen, sophomore music education major from Manson; Sarah Chandler, junior instrumental music education major from Dow City.
The BVU Touring Choir will preview selections for the European tour which starts May 28 and concludes June 6. On tour, the group will be performing many selections by major composers presented during the 2011-2012 BVU concert season. Several of the touring students will be soloists for choir performances in Paris and London.
The 12 graduating seniors have been choir members for four years and represent a broad cross-section of academic majors. The seniors will talk about their experiences during the May 20 concert. There will be public reception to honor them following the concert.
The graduating seniors are: Nicholas Andersen, vocal music education (student teaching) from Sioux City; Alison Buechler, music education major from Graettinger; Aaron Fitzgerald, vocal music education (student teaching) major from Pomeroy; Shane Hallengren, computer science major from Rock Valley; Mark Haugen, media studies major from Waverly; Andrea Minikis, vocal performance major from Fort Dodge; Samantha Mouw-Sterkel, business and Spanish double major from Brandon, S.D.; Grant Pedersen, graphic design major from Pomeroy; Lindsay Peoples, communications major from Brown Deer, Wis.; Sadie Quist, corporate communications major from Red Oak; Marcus Rihner, mathematics major from Denison; and Sydney Snyder, elementary education major from Lake City.