March 21, 2011
Choirs from Sioux City area high schools and Morningside College will perform three new, original compositions during the Morningside College Choral Composition Festival Concert at 7:30 p.m. April 10 in Eppley Auditorium.
The new compositions are the winning entries from Morningside’s first annual choral composition contest held earlier this spring. Each of the winning composers – Dale Grotenhuis, A. Eric Heukeshoven, David von Kampen – will conduct a clinic for the participating high school choirs in the afternoon prior to the April 10 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, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Morningside.
The Morningside College Choir, Bel Canto Singers, Singing Men of Morningside and Eclectix Jazz Ensemble also will perform during the concert, which has a $5 per person admission charge.
Grotenhuis is a retired professor and director of choral activities at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Currently living in Jenison, Mich., Grotenhuis has over 200 choral works in print by various publishers. His arrangements also can be found in many hymnals. In addition, he has composed five works for symphonic band.
Von Kampen is a graduate student in music composition and a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He is a three-time winner of the Vancouver Chamber Choir Young Composers Competition, a 2008 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Competition finalist, and 2007 recipient of the Vreeland Award for exceptional creative ability from the UNL School of Music.
Heukeshoven is an instructor in the music department at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (Winona). His compositions are performed throughout the U.S. and in Europe. He is a member of the American Composers Forum, ASCAP and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.