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Feb 27, 2012

DWU singers, soloists and bells take to the road

Clint Desmond

MITCHELL — The Dakota Wesleyan University music department announces its second annual spring choral tour.

DWU choir, Highlanders and Wesleyan Bells will kick off their spring tour with a free community concert at 7 p.m., Friday, March 2, at the First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. On Saturday, March 3, they begin their tour to Pierre and Rapid City locations, which concludes March 4.

They will perform selections such as, “In the Still of the Night,” with soloist Ryan Antaya, of Letcher; “Na, Na, Hey, Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye,” with Brooke Warne, of Rapid City, and Alex Smith, of Kuna, Idaho, as soloists; “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” by the Wesleyan Bells; “The Lord of Hosts,” by William Kugel, performed by the Wesleyan Choir, Bells and Highlanders; and Alice Parker’s arrangement of “Be Thou My Vision,” plus many, many more.

DWU will perform at the Black Hills Symphony and First United Methodist Church of Rapid City, and also the First United Methodist Church of Pierre.

“I firmly believe in the effectiveness of student touring ensembles as a way to publicize not only the exciting things happening in the DWU music department, but the university in general,” said Clinton Desmond, DWU choir director. “Audiences can expect a diverse program of high quality choral literature.”

Other students with solos include, Jenna Callies, Mitchell, “Der hölle Rache,” from “the Magic Flute”; Lacey Reimnitz, Corsica, piano solo; Marty Haehn, Sterling Colo., “Ombra Mai Fu,” from “Xerxes”; and Tiffany Sharp, Brighton, Colo., “Wade in the Water.”

Members of Highlanders include: Antaya; Callies, Mitchell; Tiara Eckman, Vienna; Joe Ford, Vermillion; Haehn; Reimnitz; Smith; Warne; Caroline Weiser, Suamico, Wisc.; and Jenna Vanderheiden, Platte.

Members of the Wesleyan Choir include: sopranos: Callies; Eckman; Hannah Ford, Vermillion; Catherine Hayen, Hill City; Vicky Schaefer, Mitchell; Sharp; Traci Stork, Alexandria; Stephanie Teel, Stickney; Kelby Van Wyk, Hawarden, Iowa; and Warne; altos: Kayla Leininger, Watertown; Amanda Long, Mitchell; Elizabeth Morrison, Mitchell; Sarah Owens, Omaha, Neb.; Reimnitz; Jessica Phillips, Mitchell; and Jasmin Vant, Canton; tenors: Smith; Haehn; and Chris Ferera, San Clemente, Calif.; basses: Jeff Holstein, Riverside, Calif.; Antaya; Justin Mitchell, Copperas Cove, Texas; and Jake Habermann, Mitchell.

The Wesleyan Bells made a comeback this semester several years in retirement.

“I brought it back because it is another excellent instrumental performance opportunity for our students and one that can teach a variety of musical concepts such as rhythm, a sense of ensemble, and note reading,” Desmond said. 

This year’s “bells” include: Antaya, Callies, Hayen, Morrison and Sharp.

“I’ve never had students so excited to show up for class before,” Desmond said about the Wesleyan Bells students. “We’ve been having a lot of fun bringing this back to campus and hopefully we can keep it going for years to come.”

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