BISMARCK, ND—It may not seem like it at the moment, but spring really is coming. One sure way to know is the arrival of the annual University of Mary Spring Choir Concert, this Sunday, April 15, 3 p.m., in Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel on campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Tom Porter, PhD
Chair, University of Mary Music & Choral Director

The concert features the Concert Choir singing a variety of music including “Music, Spread Thy Voice Around” by Handel and “Regina Coeli” by Mozart, both accompanied by the University of Mary String Ensemble. The String Ensemble, directed by Dr. Everaldo Martinez, will also perform two selections by Vivaldi. The choral program also includes a set of three pieces composed in the late 20th and 21st centuries. “Saul,” by Scandinavian composer Egil Hovland, uses the scriptural passages of God’s call to the apostle Paul using narrator, organ, and chorus in a very dramatic setting. “Sainte Chapelle” by American composer Eric Whitacre describes a young girl entering the French church St. Chapelle, known for its glorious stained-glass windows, and hearing the angels in the windows sing, “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts.” The set concludes with two movements of “The Unclosed Ring” by Latvian composer Juris Karlsons. The first describes a majestic lake and creates wave-like motion in the soprano and alto voices. The second movement is a fast country dance to which the choir proclaims, “Vidu,” translated, “to the middle” as in a square dance.

Vocal Jazz, a 14-member a cappella ensemble, will perform three selections, “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka, “The Parting Glass,” a traditional Celtic folksong, and “Pass Me the Jazz” by the world-renowned vocal jazz ensemble, The Real Group.

The concert will conclude with an arrangement of Harry Belafonte’s classic, “Turn the World Around” featuring the Concert Choir and the University of Mary percussion students.

Concert Choir includes 93 students from over 20 states. The students major in a variety of areas, but continue their love of music in their college experience, dedicating themselves to the rehearsals and performances throughout the year. Tom Porter, PhD, is in his 10th year as director of Choral Music at the University of Mary.

Spring Choir Concert Members

Kierra Anderson, Bismarck, ND

Genevieve Beaudoin, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Christine David, Cando, ND

Teresa Falter, Westby, WI

Hannah Fischer, Helena, MT

Sarah Gellerman, Bismarck ND

Rachel Goettle, Mandan, ND

Gretchen Henke, Park City, MT

Lucy Horlander, Indianapolis, IN

Courtney Jacobson, Overland Park, KS

Emily Jude, Maple Lake, MN

Christine Kaiserski, Helena, MT

Clara Keran, Brooklyn Park, MN

Zoe Krauskopf, Louisville, KY

Therese Kulas, East Grand Forks, MN

Emma Larson, Bismarck, ND

Annie Mittelsteadt, Bismarck, ND

Rachel Morrison, Aberdeen, SD

Marisa Mund, Bismarck, ND

Shayla Nelson, Eagle River, AK

Stephanie Otremba, Sartell, MN

Claudia Rabaey, Taunton, MN

Alexandra Reichert, Bismarck, ND

Nicole Schladetsch, Belgrade, MT

Anna Schmitz, Sauk Rapids, MN

Margaret Seidel, Faribault, MN

Shanna Stevenson, Woodbury, MN

Elizabeth Turner, Ramsey, MN

Jordyn Varland, Bismarck, ND

Grace Worner, Starbuck, MN

Samantha Zwirner, Berlin, ND

Hailey Zwirner, Berlin, ND

Colvin Abler, Grand Forks, ND

Katylnn Arens, Detroit Lakes, MN

Patricia Bartos, Crystal, MN

Rebekah Born, Stafford, VA

Clare Dalton, Littleton, CO

Catherine Dick, Buffalo, MN

Claudia Diener, Frederick, MD

Mariah Ehrke, DeKalb, IL

Jadynn Flowers, Bismarck, ND

Kaitlyn Gellerman, Inver Grove Heights, MN

Rachel Gerads, Brooklyn Park, MN

Elizabeth Haaland, Williston, ND

Christina Hauge, Wichita, KS

Elizabeth Kensok, Wheatland, ND

Tanda Kordonowy, Belfield, ND

Hannah Krebs, Jamestown, ND