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New Vocal Ensemble Selected to Perform at NDMEA Conference

Oct. 29, 2010 8:21 AM | Updated: Oct. 29th, 2010 9:55 AM
Front: Taryn Wallace [Soprano, McHenry, ND, art and music], Angela Morford [Alto, Bismarck, ND, elementary and art education], Amber Olson [Mezzo Soprano, Mandan, ND, vocal music education], Katelin Wadeson [Mezzo Soprano, Fingal, ND, composite music education].   <br />Back: Kirci Phillips [Soprano, Valley City, ND composite music education], Kelsey Wilhelm [Alto, Leonard, ND, composite music education],  Jessica Halvorson [Soprano, Milnor, ND, Biology, Health Science, minor in music], Micki Buchholz [Mezzo Soprano, Oakes, ND, composite music education],  Andrea Swartz [Alto, Park River, ND composite music education], Kendra Kruger [Alto, Casselton, Social Science/Political Science].

Front: Taryn Wallace [Soprano, McHenry, ND, art and music], Angela Morford [Alto, Bismarck, ND, elementary and art education], Amber Olson [Mezzo Soprano, Mandan, ND, vocal music education], Katelin Wadeson [Mezzo Soprano, Fingal, ND, composite music education].
Back: Kirci Phillips [Soprano, Valley City, ND composite music education], Kelsey Wilhelm [Alto, Leonard, ND, composite music education], Jessica Halvorson [Soprano, Milnor, ND, Biology, Health Science, minor in music], Micki Buchholz [Mezzo Soprano, Oakes, ND, composite music education], Andrea Swartz [Alto, Park River, ND composite music education], Kendra Kruger [Alto, Casselton, Social Science/Political Science]. 

The Valkyries, a new all female vocal ensemble at Valley City State University, have recently been selected to perform at the North Dakota Music Educators Association Conference at 7:30 pm on Sunday, March 20 at the Bismarck Civic Center, Bismarck, ND.

"This is a tremendous honor, particularly for a group that has only been in existence for a few months," said Dr. Diana Skroch, Chair of the Division of Fine Arts at VCSU. "This is a testament to the talented students we have, their hard work, and the dedication of their instructors. We can all be very proud."

The Valkyries was created in August, 2010 by students active in the VCSU Department of Music. The group is under the direction of Dr. Leesa Levy, assistant professor at VCSU, and accompanied by instructor Jaime Namminga. Members of the ensemble come from various academic programs across the campus, with this year's members representing degrees in art, music, education and the sciences. Seven of the ten members of the ensemble have performed together previously in the VCSU University Singers, and three are brand new to this type of ensemble work. The group has embraced a wide variety of musical styles and enjoys the challenge and responsibility associated with performing chamber music.

The Valkyries are currently preparing for a tour to South Dakota with concerts in Mitchell, Madison, Alexandria, Beresford, and Avon, SD and Ellendale, ND. In December the group can be heard at the annual choral concert "Christmas at Saint Catherine's" (St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Valley City) on December 9 at 7:30 pm, and at St. Mary's Basilica in Fargo on December 5 at 7:00 pm. The tour and December concerts are in conjunction with performances of the VCSU Concert Choir.

Valley City State University (VCSU) prepares people for life through visionary leadership and exemplary practices in teaching, learning and service. VCSU is nationally acclaimed for attracting and retaining talented individuals who advance quality learning opportunities and economic growth through technology and innovation.
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