April 12, 2005
The Morningside College Choir will present two area concerts featuring music for their upcoming concert tour through Hungary, Austria, and the Czech-Republic May 8-18.
The first concert is slated for Sunday, April 24, at 1:30 p.m. at the Westwood High School auditorium, 1000 Rebel Way, Sloan, Iowa. The second concert is scheduled for Thursday, May 5, at 8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1915 Nebraska Street, in Sioux City. Both concerts are free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted with proceeds going to benefit the concert tour.
The program will include a varied repertoire of songs performed in Latin, German, Serbian, and English. Selections will include James Fritschel’s “Hands Cannot Hold,” Moses Hogan’s “I’m Gonna Sing ’Til the Spirit Moves in My Heart,” and William Harris’ “Faire Is The Heaven.”
Morningside senior Jonathan Rotramel from Anthon, Iowa, will have a solo in Gwyneth Walker’s “Every Night,” and Morningside senior Joel Kraushaar from Muscatine, Iowa, will have a solo in Hall Johnson’s “Ain’t Got Time To Die.”
The Morningside College Choir is under the direction of Timothy M. Watson, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Morningside.
Watson also conducts the Jazz Choir, the Singing Men of Morningside, and the Bel Canto Womens’ Chorus and teaches secondary choral methods and conducting at Morningside. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and a master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Watson previously taught at Le Mars Community High School in Le Mars, Iowa, where he served as choral director and music administrator for the Le Mars Community School District.
The Morningside College Choir has been in existence for more than 100 years. Annual tours have taken the choir across the United States and to many of the famed concert halls and cathedrals of Europe. The choir regularly performs major choral and orchestral works with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and as part of the Morningside Choral Union. They have twice been the featured ensemble at the Iowa Music Educators Association annual convention and were the recipients of the 2000 Miles Tommeraasen Award of Excellence, established to honor those individuals or groups who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to Morningside College.