Colorado State University-Pueblo hosts Southern Colorado Honor Orchestra and Choir


Colorado State University-Pueblo hosts Southern Colorado Honor Orchestra and Choir

PUEBLO – A total of 150 Southern Colorado high school musicians selected by high school music teachers from 22 high schools and the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony will visit the Colorado State University-Pueblo campus for two and one half days of instruction by University faculty and guest clinicians as members of the fifth Annual Southern Colorado Honor Choir and Orchestra.  Rehearsals for their performances will culminate in a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 in CSU-Pueblo’s Hoag Recital Hall.

 

Instruction was provided by CSU-Pueblo faculty Dr. Dana Ihm, assistant professor of music; and Veronika String Quartet members Veronika Afanassieva, Ekaterina Dobrotvorskaia, Karine Garibova, and Mary Artmann. Guest conductors will be Dr. William Kesling and Gary Nicholson.

 

The program for the Nov. 20 concert includes:

 

CHOIR: Guest Conductor – Dr. William Kesling

Oye……………………………………………………….J. Papoulis

Ring Merry Bells………………………………….…arr. J. Leavitt

Jubilate Deo……………………………………….….W.A. Mozart

Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves………………………..…..G. Verdi

 

ORCHESTRA: Guest Conductor – Gary Nicholson

Prelude from Aus Holbergs Zeit………………………...E. Grieg                    

Melodia En La Menor, Canto de Octubre……….…A. Piazzolla

Simple Symphony………………………………………...B. Britten

 

COMBINED PROGRAM: Guest Conductor – Gary Nicholson

Kyrie……………………………………………………...R. Clausen

Happy We, Chorus from “Acis and Galatea”……G. F. Handel

Members of the Honor Choir and Orchestra and their respective schools, instruments, or vocal ranges are as follows:

 

NAME                                                                                    SCHOOL      

Emily Bosisio                          Violin                          Cañon City High School

 

Aleksa Kuzma                         Viola                           Coronado High School

Nathaniel Lohmann                Cello                            Coronado High School

James Till                                Violin                          Coronado High School

Michelle Wood                       Violin                          Coronado High School

 

Jennifer Bushnell                    Viola                           Doherty High School

Bridgid Rankin                       Violin                          Doherty High School

 

Sebastian Chandler                 Bass                             Ellicott High School

Ashton            Kirscher                      Soprano                       Ellicott High School

Emily McCaffery                    Soprano                       Ellicott High School

Patrick Mitchell                       Tenor                           Ellicott High School

Angela Moser                         Alto                             Ellicott High School

Lauren Pickett                        Alto                             Ellicott High School

Mackenzie VanEsselstine       Alto                             Ellicott High School

 

Alexis  Becker                                                             Evangelical Christian Academy

Jiyoon Ryu                                                                  Evangelical Christian Academy

Matthew Skinner                    Tenor                           Evangelical Christian Academy

Jessy Stuebs                            Baritone                      Evangelical Christian Academy

 

Brianan Burke                         Alto                             Florence High School

Erin Espinoza                          Alto                             Florence High School

Kyle Hart                                Tenor                           Florence High School

Chasta Killen                          Soprano                       Florence High School

Jessica Pigeon                                                             Florence High School

Delaney Steele                        Soprano                       Florence High School

Arie Thompson                       Baritone                      Florence High School

 

Janika Grimlund                      Soprano                       Fowler School District

Jenna Hardy                            Soprano                       Fowler School District

Bethany Klinkerman               Alto                             Fowler School District

 

Joshua Heaston                       Cello                            Home School

Ashton            Smith                          Violin                          Home School

Emma Thomas                        Cello                            Home School

 

       James Irwin Charter Schools

Reggie Hyppolite                                                        James Irwin Charter Schools

Stephen Medlock                                                        James Irwin Charter Schools

James   Petroni                                                             James Irwin Charter Schools

Athena            Savali                                                             James Irwin Charter Schools

Ashley Wetzel                                                             James Irwin Charter Schools

 

Nicholas Martinez                   Bass                             J.K. Mullen High School

Kendall McKay                      Alto                             J.K. Mullen High School

Meghan Miller             Soprano                       J.K. Mullen High School

Erin Riccio                              Soprano                       J.K. Mullen High School

Aimee Vunovich                     Alto                             J.K. Mullen High School

Alexander Whitaker                Tenor                           J.K. Mullen High School

 

Ben Bontrager                         Bass                             Limon High School

Keturah Tatum                        Soprano                       Limon High School

Fay Thariya                             Alto                             Limon High School

 

Daniel  Cowan                         Bass                             Mesa Ridge High School

Sara Dasugo                            Violin                          Mesa Ridge High School

Aisha Glenn-Bracey                Viola                           Mesa Ridge High School

Cydney Goheen                      Alto                             Mesa Ridge High School

Danielle Gramm                                                          Mesa Ridge High School

Tyler Hobbs                            Baritone                      Mesa Ridge High School

Chelsea Jackson                      Alto                             Mesa Ridge High School

Christy            Jersin                          Violin                          Mesa Ridge High School

Amanda Jones                         Alto                             Mesa Ridge High School

Jazz Jones                                Violin                          Mesa Ridge High School

Melissa Mestas                        Soprano                       Mesa Ridge High School

Tiffany            Phair                           Soprano                       Mesa Ridge High School

Kassandra Prust                      Violin                          Mesa Ridge High School

Jarom Ruby                             Violin                          Mesa Ridge High School

Marissa Rudd                          Soprano                       Mesa Ridge High School

Madison Shuman                    Alto                             Mesa Ridge High School

Jeremy Sito                             Tenor                           Mesa Ridge High School

Chris Sweet                             Bass                             Mesa Ridge High School

Joshua Waugh                         Bass                             Mesa Ridge High School

Thomas Westland                   Cello                            Mesa Ridge High School

Katherine Haworth                 Viola                           Palmer Ridge High School

Dane Anderson                       Bass                             Pueblo Centennial High School

Brooke            Apodaca                     Soprano                       Pueblo Centennial High School

Antonio Faloona                     Baritone                      Pueblo Centennial High School

Chaeli Ferguson                      Violin                          Pueblo Centennial High School

Bailey Ford                             Alto                             Pueblo Centennial High School

Hannah Galloway                   Violin                          Pueblo Centennial High School

Teagan Gomez                        Tenor                           Pueblo Centennial High School

Jennifer Jackson                      Soprano                       Pueblo Centennial High School

Trevor  McKinney                   Tenor                           Pueblo Centennial High School

Desirae Mendez                      Violin                          Pueblo Centennial High School

Allison Miller                          Viola                           Pueblo Centennial High School

Kristen            Miller                           Viola                           Pueblo Centennial High School

Ashley Montez                        Violin                          Pueblo Centennial

Jaclyn Rising                           Cello                            Pueblo Centennial High School

Tiffany  Romero                     Alto                             Pueblo Centennial High School

 

Dex DeVargas                                    Bass                             Pueblo East High School

Maxine DiMarca                     Alto                            Pueblo East High School

Zac Gonzales                          Bass                             Pueblo East High School

David Laydon                         Tenor                           Pueblo East High School

John Laydon                           Bass                             Pueblo East High School

Daryion Morgan                      Bass                             Pueblo East High School

Hannah Morris                        Soprano                       Pueblo East High School

Margaret Olivarins                  Alto                             Pueblo East High School

Alexandra Richardson                        Soprano                       Pueblo East High School

Anthony Rubio                       Tenor                           Pueblo East High School

Dallas Simons                         Tenor                           Pueblo East High School

Pat Smith                                Tenor                           Pueblo East High School

 

Sara Balakrishnan                   Alto                             Pueblo South High School

Joshua Bitz                             Tenor                           Pueblo South High School

Greg Burch                             Tenor                           Pueblo South High School

Christina Colalancia                Violin                          Pueblo South High School

Meghan Combs                       Cello                            Pueblo South High School

John-David Duran                  Double Bass                Pueblo South High School

Rebecca Higgs                        Soprano                       Pueblo South High School

Shelby Hockett                       Soprano                       Pueblo South High School

Natasia            Martinez                     Violin                          Pueblo South High School

Ashley Minnich                       Alto                             Pueblo South High School

Stephan Palangi                      Bass                             Pueblo South High School

Steven Rael-Flores                  Viola                           Pueblo South High School

Ben Roth                                 Violin                          Pueblo South High School

David Sais                               Double Bass                Pueblo South High School

Jessie Salas                              Cello                            Pueblo South High School

Elizabeth Scuggins                  Soprano                       Pueblo South High School

Austyn Simpson                      Bass                             Pueblo South High School

Joshua Smith                           Bass                             Pueblo South High School

Sean Staples                            Viola                           Pueblo South High School

 

Kaitlyn            Cook                          Soprano                       Pueblo West High School

Steven Gonzales                     Baritone                      Pueblo West High School

Leah Kellner                                                               Pueblo West High School

Carysa McCown                     Alto                             Pueblo West High School

Kevin Miller                            Tenor                           Pueblo West High School

Thomas Sloan                          Tenor                           Pueblo West High School

 

Megan Bauer                           Soprano                       Rocky Ford Junior Senior High School

Cody Dell                               Bass                             Rocky Ford Junior Senior High School

Genoveva Guerrero                 Alto                             Rocky Ford Junior Senior High School

Catalina Hernandez                Alto                             Rocky Ford Junior Senior High School

Janell Lorenzo                         Soprano                       Rocky Ford Junior Senior High School

Isaiah Nieto                             Tenor                           Rocky Ford Junior Senior High School

 

Sasha Buettner                        Viola                           Rampart High School

Tonya Buettner                       Violin                          Rampart High School

 

Samantha Hunt                       Violin                          Rangeview High School

 

Lauren Ballew                        Violin                          Rocky Mountain Classical Academy

 

Josiah Akers                            Violin                         Shekinah Academy

Kendra            Akers                          Violin                          Shekinah Academy

 

TJ Westland                            Cello                            Widefield High School

Valerie Westland                    Violin                          Widefield High School

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS:

 

Will Kesling, Ph.D. is a veteran artist having conducted more than 200 professional and amateur choral ensembles and some 41 professional symphony orchestras in 23 countries.  His talents for weaving together words and music, chorus and orchestra have garnered him international respect.  A Washington Post concert review sums his abilities in two words, “clear professionalism.”  A New York Daily News reviewer calls “Will Kesling’s conducting truly inspired and impeccably paced.”  Kesling has conducted a number of engagements in Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as in major concert halls on five continents.  He has recorded five commercially produced CDs and conducted two feature film scores. Kesling is in his ninth year as Director of Choral Activities at the University of Florida after serving 19 years as Director of Choral and Orchestral Activities at Utah State University, where his choirs received national and international attention and have frequently performed for the American Choral Directors Association at both national and divisional conventions.  His choirs were featured on the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Paralympics on NBC.  In recognition of these achievements Dr. Kesling was awarded The Congressional Order of Merit Congressional in September 2003 and the Medal of Distinction in November 2004 by the Congress of the United States of America.  In March 2006, he was awarded his highest honor, the Ronald Reagan Gold Medal, for his contributions to the cultural life of the citizenry. 

 

Gary Nicholson co-founded the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association in 1980 and serves as the Youth Symphony Orchestra conductor. As a trumpeter, Nicholson has performed with the Aspen Music Festival, Wichita Symphony, Colorado Opera Festival, Colorado College Conservatory of Music, Colorado Springs Chorale, Music Theater of the Rockies, Fine Arts Center Repertory Teacher, Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra, and was a founding member of the Colorado Springs Symphony Brass Quintet and Pikes Peak Brass Quintet. He also has performed with Abendmusik, a professional quality vocal chamber ensemble. He also has toured orchestras to Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, and Eastern Europe. Nicholson currently teaches music at Broadmoor Elementary School in Colorado Springs District 12 and performs with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.