UW-La Crosse Concert Choir

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History of the Concert Choir

The UW-La Crosse Concert Choir, one of seven student choral ensembles representing the UW-L Music Department, was founded in 1993 by its current conductor, Gary Kent Walth. The 55-voice ensemble consists of students representing many academic areas of the UW-L campus. Concert Choir members come from high schools in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois and frequently includes international students, most recently from the nations of Germany, Japan, England, Senegal and Ghana. The Choir has been invited to perform at both state and regional American Choral Directors Association and Music Education National Conferences and has performed at festivals in Washington D. C. and in New York City. In 1996 the Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra appeared in concerts in France, Switzerland, Germany and Austria. In 2002, the Concert Choir sang in churches and concert halls in England and Scotland, including concerts at the Grosvernor Chapel, London, Exeter College Chapel, Oxford and St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh. Highlights of the 2006 tour included performances in Epinal, France, at the Frankfurt Conservatory, and in the Augustinian Monastery in Erfurt, Germany.  During the May of 2009 Ireland tour the Choir performed in Dublin, Cork City, Bantry, and at Kylemore Abbey in Ireland.  The May 2012 tour will feature a return to Ireland and Northern Ireland where the Choir will sing concerts in Dublin, Galway, Armagh, Belfast and Londonderry.

 Gary Kent WalthGary Kent Walth, the conductor of the Concert Choir is also the Director of Choral Music Studies at UW-L. A graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, Walth received both a Masters of Music and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. An award-winning composer, Dr. Walth’s recently completed musical “If These Walls Could Talk” had its premiere performance, in a concert version, at the end of January 2006. He has appeared as a guest conductor and lecturer throughout the United States and Canada, and most recently in England and Scotland.

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Concert Choir officers 2010-2011

Anthony Rasmussen, (Grafton, WI) President
Sarah Jackson, (Kenosha, WI) Vice President
Sarah Shervey, (Rosemount, MN) Secretary
Rachel Shields, (Racine, WI) Treasurer
Skyler Frickleton, (Deerfield, WI) Choir Manager

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Membership in the Concert Choir

Auditions for the Choir are on the Sunday and Monday before Fall classes begin. Students register for the Choir before the auditions take place so that the rehearsal time is included in their class schedule. The auditions include the singing of an excerpt from the upcoming repertoire as well as sight singing. The audition process includes “call-backs” throughout the first week of classes.

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2011-2012 Performances

Oct. 18 (Tue.) Concert Choir/Männerchor Fall concert, 7:30 PM, Annett Recital Hall

Nov. 9th (Wed.) Concert Choir Performs at New Music Festival, 7:30 pm Christ Episcopal Church, La Crosse

Dec. 10th (Sat.) Festival of Carols - 3:00 pm - Valhalla, Cartwright Center

Dec. 14th (Wed.) Concert Choir sings for Chancellor's Holiday Luncheon

Jan. 21st (Sat.) Concert Choir sings at Jazzfest 1:00 pm Annett Recital Hall

Mar. 6th (Tue.) Concert Choir & Männerchor Concert - 7:30 pm - Annett Recital Hall

May 1st (Tue.) Concert Choir Spring Concert, 7;30 pm, Annett Recital Hall

May 15th - 25th  Concert Choir performance tour in Ireland and Northern Ireland

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Concert Choir Performances

The Concert Choir performs 6-10 times during the Fall semester including performances at the Fall Choral Concerts, Oktoberfest Heritage Night, Homecoming football game, New Music Festival, Festival of Carols, and at the Chancellor’s Holiday Luncheon. Performances during the Spring semester include the mid-Winter Concert,  and the Annual Three Choirs Festival. The Concert Choir also performs at local churches.
A major tour is scheduled every four years. The Choir completed a concert tour in France and Germany in May of 2006 which included concerts in Epinal and Plombieres, France and Frankfurt (Hochschule für Musik and Erfurt, (Augustinian Monastery), Germany. The 2009 international tour included concert performances in Ireland. Regional tours at high schools, churches and concert halls are scheduled on years not including international travel.

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Concert Choir repertoire

2010-2011 Selected Repertoire

Exultate Deo                      Alessandro Scarlatti

Ecco mormorar l’onde         Claudio Monteverdi

Fancie                              Benjamin Britten

Song For Athene                John Tavener

Sigh No More Ladies           Gary Kent Walth

O Magnum Mysterium         Morton Lauridsen

Two Japanese Proverbs       Gary Kent Walth

William Tell Overture           Rossini, arr. Eschliman        

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Women's Chorus conductor Kathryn Skemp Moran and Männerchor conductor Gary Walth after
a successful concert featuring Randall Thompson's "Frostiana."


WICKED ladies
WICKED ladies at Kirsten Nywall's Senior Recital

CC Fall bike ride
A few Concert Choir members relaxing during a Fall bike ride
on the Mississippi

CC in Wittenburg, Germany
Some Concert Choir members studying Luther's 95 thesis at the
Castle Church in Wittenburg, Germany


Concert Choir Members at Blarney Castle on their tour of Ireland


Concert Choir Members wait to board Ireland flight in Newark Airport


Concert Choir impromptu performance at the Blarney Woolen Mills


Concert Choir singing in Kinsale, Ireland


Vocal Jazz member, Sarah Shervey with Katarina
Henryson of The Real Group on their mini-tour to Minneapolis