April 3, 2012
High school choirs from Storm Lake and Council Bluffs, Iowa, will perform two new, original compositions during a concert at 7:30 p.m., April 15, in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave., on the Morningside College campus.
The new compositions are the winning entries from Morningside’s second annual choral composition contest held earlier this spring. Each of the winning composers – Ralph Kendrick of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Michael Krueger of Denver, Colo. – will conduct a clinic for the participating high school choirs in the afternoon prior to the concert.
The Morningside College Choir, the Singing Men of Morningside and Eclectix Jazz Choir also will perform during the concert.
“This event provides a unique opportunity to support and promote the creation of new choral music and for young musicians to interact with the composers who created the music they will be singing,” said Tim Watson, director of choral activities at Morningside.
The event has a $5 per person admission charge. Tickets will be available at the door. Proceeds will go to the continuation of this event.
Krueger is music conductor of several Colorado-based groups, including the Larimer Chorale in Fort Collins, the Littleton Chorale, and the adult choir at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Arvada. He has served on the music faculties of Ithaca College in New York, Millikin University in Illinois, the University of Wyoming and Morningside College.
Kendrick has had his works performed throughout the United States and in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the Czech Republic. He has completed over 40 compositions in a variety of genres, including works for orchestra, choir, chamber groups and solo musicians.