Chorale Spring Tour 2018



“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination

and life to everything.” -Plato

Dear Friends,

Blessings and welcome to the Valparaiso University Chorale’s 2018 Spring

Tour concert. We are thrilled to share our University’s rich tradition of choral

excellence with you.

A selective ensemble, the Chorale is internationally recognized as one of the

premiere Lutheran collegiate choirs, performing a diverse repertoire of choral

literature from all eras. Dedicated to performing works that celebrate the

University’s Lutheran heritage, the choir has been honored with invitations to

perform around the world. Perhaps most notably, the 48 captivating Chorale

vocalists traveled to Germany this fall to perform during the remembrance of the

500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, including an invitation to be

part of the Reformation Day service at Castle Church in Wittenberg.

The talented members of the Chorale work tirelessly to consistently achieve

the highest standard of choral art. Collectively, they have dedicated themselves

to delivering an unforgettable performance this evening. While many of these

singers are music majors, at Valpo, student musicians come from a wide range

of disciplines across campus, including engineering, business, nursing and

mathematics, to name a few. The voices that are sure to delight you today are

leaders, scholars, athletes and artists who have a passion and gift for music.

The Valpo Chorale epitomizes what makes Valparaiso University extraordinary

— a rich community of individual voices who empower one another and lift the

hearts of those around them.

Thank you for joining us for this memorable performance. May this concert

awaken your mind and imagination and inspire greatness.

Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D.

President, Valparaiso University

Conductor’s Note

Dear Friends,

Welcome to this performance of our 2018 Tour Program. As you peruse this

program, you will see the many ways in which the Chorale has had an eventful

and incredible 2017. We spent several years building up to our appearances in

Germany as part of the Reformation Jubilee, and I invite you to read and enjoy

the accounts of this most memorable experience - one that none of us will ever

forget. Artists are used to finishing one project and moving immediately to the

next. As the Chorale continues to revel in memories of our fall tour, we hope that

this program uplifts, sustains and inspires.

As I have thought about how this program came together, I have been reminded

of the great physical and spiritual spaces here in the United States and in

Germany that have inspired us to learn and perform great works - the cantatas

of Bach, new music composed especially to commemorate Luther’s profound

historic act, and music that speaks to our own legacy of faith, culture and hope.

We are honored to begin this tour by singing the choral evensong at the National

Cathedral in Washington D.C. (the Chorale’s third appearance at the cathedral). A

hallmark of the choral evensong is the liturgical tradition of singing the Magnificat

and Nunc Dimittis. Today, you will hear one of the really incredible settings of

these words, by the great 20th century British composer, Herbert Howells.

An historic figure who has always intrigued and inspired me is Leonardo da Vinci. Eric Whitacre’s setting, Leonardo

Dreams of his Flying Machine, perfectly captures the essence of the quintessential Renaissance man and one of

his more outlandish imaginations. Leaping back into the 20th century, we offer a suite of selections from West Side

Story, by one of America’s great creative geniuses, Leonard Bernstein, as we celebrate the centenary of his birth.

Chorale president and Valpo student Andrew Flasch has created a wonderful arrangement for chorus and piano


Over the years, one of the comments I receive most often is, “Thank you for presenting such a depth and variety

of repertoire.” I hope today allows you to enjoy that breadth and that you find a musical moment that will enrich

you in a meaningful way. I especially invite you to enjoy the beautiful vocalism, sensitive musicality and wonderful

presence of these fine young people - the students of the Chorale, who are such terrific ambassadors for Valparaiso


-Christopher M. Cock

A Pilgrimage to Serve

In June 2013, as the 500th anniversary of the

beginning of the Reformation came into focus,

an invitation was extended to the Chorale to

lead the annual Hymn Festival at the Castle

Church in Wittenberg on October 31, 2017, the

500th anniversary of the Martin Luther’s historic

posting of his 95 Theses.

Prior to the 2017 journey, the Chorale had a

concert tour in June 2015 through many of the

locations they would re-visit in 2017, including

Wittenberg. Even though the Castle Church

was closed due to renovations, the Chorale

was permitted to visit the space and feel the

presence of Martin Luther and the significance

of their next visit to this church. In an offering of

song, the wonderful anthem A Pilgrim’s Hymn

by Stephen Paulus was performed, and the text

served as map for our 2017 pilgrimage.

Even before we call on Your name

To ask You, O God,

When we seek for the words to glorify You,

You hear our prayer;

Unceasing love, O unceasing love,

Surpassing all we know.

Glory to the father,

and to the Son,

And to the Holy Spirit.

Our Fall 2017 Pilgrimage was developed with

words to glorify God through music and action,

focusing on unceasing love for all. One of our

tasks was to serve the faithful who would be

along our path, in concert halls, churches and

city centers.

In Wittenberg, the Chorale led the

Reformation Hymn Festival, the English Ministry

Festival Service and a concert for the annual

Renaissance Music Festival.

The Hymn Festival was developed to showcase

Luther’s well-known hymns, combined with

international music that reflects the vast reach

of the Reformation. The standing-room only

audience welcomed the Chorale and this

message of Christian unity.

We shared our musical gifts with fellow pilgrims

from around the world, always mindful that our

words were for the glory of God and wrapped

in love for all.

‘To bring the joyful sound of Lutheran faith into the future’

In Seyda, a rural village about 20km from Wittenberg, Germany, the church bell was dedicated in 1717 to

celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Reformation. This bell served the congregation from before the days of

Napoleon and through two World Wars, welcoming the faithful into a remarkable number of worship services,

weddings, funerals and other events.

During World War II, the other bells in Seyda were confiscated for military use, however, the 1717 bell was

spared. In the 1950s, a steel bell was added to the tower, however this bell rusted and outlived its service.

With the 500th anniversary of the Reformation approaching, this church, where Luther himself visited in 1528,

decided to raise funds for a new bell. This was a significant challenge for the village of under 1,000 residents,

especially since Seyda is in an area of the former East Germany, where 90 percent of the population identifies

themselves as non-Christian. However, the persistence of Pastor Thomas Meinhof and his community, along

with the cooperation of the bell manufacturer, enabled the on-time delivery of a new bell to be dedicated on

Nov 1, 2017.

Since 2010, the Chorale has supported several aspects of the ministries of Reverend Meinhof. As a rural

pastor, he tirelessly serves ten separate communities. He has proclaimed the Chorale as “Angels from

America” for our support. As a gesture of gratitude, the new Seyda bell has “Valparaiso University Chorale

in the inscription, along with the text “We are Lutherans” in German, English and Danish, as a symbol of the

international reach of this little community.

The Chorale, joined by university president Mark Heckler and other administrators, united with the Seyda

community in a parade through the streets of the village to bring the bell to the entrance of the steeple. After

a short dedication service and a nice meal, the bell began it’s accent to the tower to join it’s elder partner.

We are honored to have such a permanent place in the community of Seyda, a connection to the university’s

Lutheran heritage and a joyful voice throughout the land for generations to come.

Continuing the Reformation

An invitation to perform at the 500th anniversary celebration

of the start of the Reformation was an opportunity to

explore some of the ideas of Luther and the many other

great historic reformers.

Valparaiso University commissioned composer Jake

Runestad to write a musical work that would compliment

J.S. Bach’s cantata 80, Ein fest Burg ist unser Gott. The

symbolic union of the Lutheran composition master and

modern styling using new text and harmonic relationships

formed the foundation for our musical programming on

this historic tour.

One of the key elements of Runestad’s composition, Into the

Light, was raising an awareness that we are not alone in this

world. We are a people that need to love and care for each

other. While Luther empowered individuals to have a direct

connection to the word of God, Runestad urges us to

actively care for those around us.

“It is my hope that this new work, Into the Light, allows

us to be immersed in the wisdom of some of the most

important and influential reformers in history and challenges

us to consider how we can move beyond fear and onto a

path of love, compassion and kindness,” Runestad said.

Into the Light was enthusiastically received at its world

premiere on the Valparaiso University campus in September

and by audiences in Germany during our Reformation

concert tour. Runestad joined the Chorale for two of our

international performances, one in the historic St.

Thomas Church in Leipzig, the church where Bach served

for 27 years, and one in the Castle Church in Wittenberg,

the home of the Reformation.

Investing in our Musical Heritage

During an academic sabbatical in 2002, Dr. Christopher M. Cock spent many weeks in Leipzig, Germany,

researching in this historic Bach city. The St. Thomas Church in Leipzig is where Johann Sebastian Bach served

as Thomaskantor for 27 years. During this time, he crafted many of his well known liturgical compositions and

led the Thomanerchor, the famous boy’s choir that recently celebrated it’s 805th anniversary.

Shortly after his work in Leipzig, Dr. Cock received an invitation to return with the Valparaiso University

Chorale in 2004 for a residency at the St. Thomas Church. During this residency, the Chorale led all of the

weekend services, as the Thomanerchor typically does, including the presentation of the weekly Bach cantata.

No American university choir had ever received such a prestigious invitation, and since that time the Chorale

has completed five additional residencies.

In June 2012, during the annual Leipzig Bach Festival and the 800th anniversary celebration of the St. Thomas

Church and the Thomanerchor, Valparaiso University president Mark Heckler signed an agreement with the St.

Thomas Church and the Forum Thomanum, resolving to continue musical, cultural, educational and

theological exchanges for many years to come. These exchanges include continued performances by the

Chorale at the St. Thomas Church, scholarly endeavors by the Bach Institute at Valparaiso University in Leipzig

and theological and musical contributions by members of the St. Thomas clergy and cantors on the Valparaiso

University campus.

On October 31, 2017, under the direction of Thomaskantor Gotthold Schwarz, the Chorale joined the

Thomanerchor in the performance of J.S. Bach’s well known Reformation cantata 80, Ein fest Burg ist unser

Gott. This was the first time the Chorale has performed together with this historic choir.

The Reformation Day festival service at the St. Thomas Church was “standing room only” and featured the

Chorale’s performance of the world premiere of a new composition by Thomaskantor emeritus Georg

Christoph Biller, entitled Veni Creator Spiritus. This work was commissioned by Valparaiso University for the

Reformation celebration and featured text in several languages, calling for the Holy Spirit to guide us, a timely

message for this modern world.


Lauda Jerusalem (Vespers of 1610)


Claudio Monteverdi


Lauda Jerusalem Dominum,

Lauda Deum tuum Sion

Quoniam confortavit seras portarum tuarum.

Benedixit filiis tuis in te

Qui posuit fines tuos pacem,

Et adipe frumenti satiat te;

Qui emittit eloquium suum terrae,

Velociter currit sermo eius;

Qui dat nivem sicut lanam,

Nebulam sicut cinerem spargit,

Mittit cristallum suam sicut buccellas,

Ante faciem frigoris eius quis sustinebit;

Emittet verbum suum et liquefaciet ea,

Flabit spiritus eius et fluent aquae.

Qui annuntiat verbum suum Jacob,

Iustitias et iudicia Israel.

Non fecit taliter omni nationi

Et iudicia sua non manifestavit eis.

Gloria Patri et Filio

et Spiritui Sancto

Sicut erat in principio, et nunc et semper

Et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes, SWV 386

Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes,

und die Feste verkündiget seiner Hande Werk.

Ein Tage sagt’s dem andern,

und eine Nacht tut’s kund der andern.

Es ist keine Sprache noch Rede,

da man nicht ihre Stimme höre.

Ihre Schnur gehet aus in alle Lande,

und ihre Rede an der Welt Ende.

Er hat der Sonne eine Hütte in derselben gemacht;

und die selbige gehet heraus

wie ein Bräutigam aus seiner Kammer,

und freuet sich, wie ein Held

zu laufen den Weg.

Sie gehet auf an einem Ende des Himmels

und läuft um bis wieder an dasselbige Ende,

und bleibt nichts vor ihrer Hitz’ verborgen.

Ehre sei dem Vater und dem Sohn

und auch dem Heil’gen Geiste,

wie es war im Anfang, jetzt und immerdar,

und von Ewigkeit zu Ewigkeit. Amen.

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem;

praise your God, O Zion.

for he has strengthened the bars of your gates.

He has blessed your children within you.

He secures peace in your borders

and fills you with the finest of wheat.

He sends forth his commandment upon earth:

his word runs swiftly.

He bestows snow like wool,

he spreads hoar-frost like ashes,

he dispatches his ice like morsels:

when he produces cold, who can endure?

He sends forth his word and melts them;

he causes his wind to blow and water flows.

He declares his word to Jacob,

his statutes and judgments to Israel.

He has not done the same for any other nations,

nor made known his judgments to them.

Glory to the Father and Son

and Holy Ghost

as it was in the beginning, is now and always,

and for ages of ages. Amen.

Heinrich Schütz


The heavens describe the glory of God,

and the firmament proclaims the work of His hands.

One day tells it to another,

and one night makes the next aware of it.

There is no speech or language

in which their voice is not heard.

Their tale is sent forth into all the lands,

and their story to the ends of the earth.

He has made a tabernacle for the sun within them;

and it goes forth

like a bridegroom out of his chamber,

and rejoices like a hero

to run its course.

It emerges from one end of heaven

and circles around again to the same point,

and nothing remains hidden from its heat.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and also to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now and always,

and for ever and ever. Amen.


Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (St. Paul’s)


Herbert Howells



My soul doth magnify the Lord,

and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden:

for behold from henceforth,

all generations shall call me blessed.

For he that is mighty hath magnified me,

and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him

throughout all generations.

He hath shewed strength with his arm;

he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat,

and hath exalted the humble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry with good things,

and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel,

As he promised to our forefathers,

Abraham and his seed for ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,

and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.

Nunc Dimittis

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word.

For mine eyes have seen, thy salvation,

Which thou hast prepared, before the face of all people;

To be a light to lighten the Gentiles, and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Hannah Koby, organ

-brief pause-


Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine


Eric Whitacre

(b. 1970)


Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine...

Tormented by visions of flight and falling,

More wondrous and terrible each than the last,

Master Leonardo imagines an engine

To carry a man up into the sun...

And as he’s dreaming the heavens call him,

softly whispering their siren-song:

“Leonardo. Leonardo, vieni á volare.” (“Leonardo. Leonardo, come fly.”)

L’uomo colle sua congiegniate e grandi ale,

facciendo forza contro alla resistente aria.

(A man with wings large enough and duly connected

might learn to overcome the resistance of the air.)


Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine...

As the candles burn low he paces and writes,

Releasing purchased pigeons one by one

Into the golden Tuscan sunrise...

And as he dreams, again the calling,

The very air itself gives voice:

“Leonardo. Leonardo, vieni á volare.” (“Leonardo. Leonardo, come fly.”)

Vicina all’elemento del fuoco...

(Close to the sphere of elemental fire...)

Scratching quill on crumpled paper,

Rete, canna, filo, carta.

(Net, cane, thread, paper.)

Images of wing and frame and fabric fastened tightly.

...sulla suprema sottile aria.

( the highest and rarest atmosphere.)


Master Leonardo Da Vinci Dreams of his Flying Machine...

As the midnight watchtower tolls,

Over rooftop, street and dome,

The triumph of a human being ascending

In the dreaming of a mortal man.

Leonardo steels himself,

takes one last breath,

and leaps...

“Leonardo, Vieni á Volare! Leonardo, Sognare!” (“Leonardo, come fly! Leonardo, Dream!”)

-Charles Anthony Silvestri (b. 1965)


A Suite from West Side Story


Leonard Bernstein


arr. Andrew Flasch

(In commemoration of the Centenary of Mr. Bernstein’s Birth)


One Hand, One Heart



Andrew Flasch, piano

Kelly Langevin, piano

-brief pause-


Optional Selections

Two Scottish Folk Songs

The Gallant Weaver

Lay me Low

Loch Lomond

Plenty Good Room

Flower Into Kindness (Into the Light)

Praise to the Lord

James MacMillan

(b. 1959)

arr. Jonathan Quick

arr. Kevin Siegfried

Kirby Shaw

Jake Runestad

arr. F. Melius Christiansen

About the Conductor

Christopher M. Cock, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Valparaiso University, holds the Phyllis and

Richard Duesenberg Chair in Lutheran Music and is Director of the Bach Institute.

Through his activities as a choral music educator and as a distinguished solo artist, Dr. Cock has forged a unique

career path, combining the roles of conductor and performer. He frequently brings his focus on outstanding

repertoire, vocal technique and polished musicality to high school ensembles throughout the country. For six years,

he served as director of choirs for Lutheran Summer Music, the national Lutheran high school music camp. In 2006,

he led the International Choral Invitational in Hong Kong and was conductor of the Spivey Hall High School Honor

Choir, a festival begun by Robert Shaw. He has also conducted All-State Choirs in Minnesota, Georgia and Ohio and

the Collegiate Honor Choir in Pennsylvania. He has also appeared at Carnegie Hall as guest conductor of the New

England Symphonic Ensemble – he has now made appearances as both conductor and soloist at this legendary


At Valparaiso, Dr. Cock founded the Bach Institute in 2004. The Institute performs the major works of Bach triennially

and in the years since its formation has devoted scholarship and performances to studying Bach’s professional

years prior to his appointment in Leipzig (1723). His experience leading the works of J.S. Bach includes many

performances of the Christmas Oratorio, the Mass in B minor and both passions — on several occasions he has led

passions as conductor/evangelist, including the St. John Passion with the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra in the Castle

Church, Wittenberg, Germany. These performances marked the beginning of a successful partnership with the

Leipzig Baroque Orchestra that has continued for the past decade.

Dr. Cock has established important professional relationships with the Thomanerchor, the Bach Archive, Leipzig and

the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Through his leadership, Valparaiso University has established a strong

relationship with the St. Thomas Church - a relationship now formalized with an agreement of future collaboration,

the only such agreement with an American university. In October 2017, he lead the Valparaiso University Chorale

as the only international choir to be invited to the 500th anniversary celebration of the Reformation in Wittenberg,

Germany, including appearances on October 31, 2017 at the St. Thomas Church and the Castle Church. In

recognition of his work creating and sustaining these musical relationships in Germany, the President of the Federal

Republic of Germany awarded him (in 2017) the Cross of the Order of Merit for “extraordinary service” rendered to

German-American relations in the field of music.

As a solo artist, Dr. Cock’s extensive range and communicative performances have established him as a premier

lyric tenor. Appearances as a Bach Evangelist have taken him to concert venues throughout the United States. He

appeared as Evangelist in the St. Matthew Passion with The Los Angeles Philharmonic. The LA Times praised his

performance for its “illuminating freshness.” For numerous seasons, he appeared as a guest artist with the Oregon

Bach Festival, led by German conductor, Helmuth Rilling. Other organizations with whom he has sung include the

Florida Orchestra, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Miami Bach Society, the American Sinfonietta, the Grand

Rapids Symphony, the Seattle Chamber Singers (with Orchestra Seattle) and the Northwest Sinfonietta. He has

frequently appeared as a soloist with Maestro Robert Shaw and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers. His performances

with the Festival Singers can be heard on recordings released by Telarc International. He has sung the role of

the Evangelist in both Bach Passions with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and is tenor soloist on their recording of

American hymns.

Dr. Cock studied at the University of Southern California and completed his undergraduate study at Pacific Lutheran

University. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona (Tucson), where he was a

student of Maurice Skones.

About the Chorale

The Valparaiso University Chorale continues to earn acclaim as one of the top Lutheran collegiate choirs in

the United States, upholding the highest standard of choral art through performance of the greatest choral literature

of all eras and preserving the University’s rich choral tradition, which dates back to the early 20th century. The

48-mixed voice ensemble performs an eclectic repertoire that spans from traditional to significant contemporary

works, all in their original languages, and to selections that express multicultural perspectives. Under the direction

of Dr. Christopher M. Cock, who has sustained the University’s choral tradition for over two decades, the ensemble

maintains an active annual schedule of touring, performing and recording, including appearances at the American

Choral Directors Association Central Division Conference in 2005, 2008 and 2015.

By invitation from the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, the Chorale was the only international ensemble

invited to perform at the celebrations of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation on October 31, 2017. They

were also invited by Thomaskantor Gottold Schwarz to join the Thomanerchor, the famous boy’s choir once led by

Johann Sebastian Bach, in performance during the Reformation Day services at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig,


The Chorale has served six residencies at the St. Thomas Church – the only collegiate American choir to enjoy

such a strong relationship with the church of J.S. Bach. In June 2012, the Chorale was invited by the Bach Archive

in Leipzig to perform at the Bach Festival that celebrated the 800th anniversary of the St. Thomas Church and the


In addition to the national and international appearances by Chorale, the ensemble boasts in their repertoire a

number of recordings which include: Traditions: Hymns, Motets, and Folk Songs (1998); The Lutheran Chorale with

Paul Manz (2000); Christ Child: Songs of the Nativity (2001); In Paradisum (2003); As it is in Heaven (2006); amazing

day (2008); O My Soul (2010); and Star Still Guiding (2011).

The Valparaiso University Chorale has received significant critical acclaim. The Thuringer Allegemine reviewed

the Chorale’s concert in 2007: “a first class ensemble…such a high degree of tonal unity, such sure intonation in

the most complex and dissonant groups of chords, and such a precise feeling of dynamic shading…” In 2010,

the Schwarzwalder Bote exclaimed, “Their heavenly and virtuosic performance enthused the audience,” and the

Schwabischs Tagblatt hailed their performance as “masterful.” In 2017, the Reutlinger General-Anzeiger praised

the Chorale as “masters of exact intonation and an extremely fine nuanced dynamic.”

The Valparaiso University Chorale


Anna Bratton, Franklin, Ind. (social work)

Jenna Cartwright, Wheaton, Ill. (social work)

Claire Ehr, London, Eng. (English)

Elizabeth Hackbarth, Broomfield, Colo. (music education)

Gwyneth Hoeksema, Grand Rapids, Mich. (English)

Natalie Janke, Canton, Mich. (church music)

Anastasia Karnezis, New Lennox, Ill. (music performance)

Akira Kennedy, Naperville, Ill. (social work)

Alexandria Kirch, Fifield, Wis. (music education)

◊ *Hannah Koby, Kent, Ohio (church music)

Katharine Riethmeier, Rochester, N.Y. (actuarial science)

Corinne Witt, Chicago (music, creative writing)


*Anneliese Depenthal, Orlando, Fla. (music)

Cassandra Haas, Whitehouse, Ohio (elementary education)

Elizabeth Heisler, Osceola, Ind. (nursing)

Caroline Hyde, Rockford, Mich. (English)

Jenna Johnston, Westerville, Ohio (environmental science)

*Kelly Langevin, Columbus, Ind. (music education)

Ariana Moore, Duluth, Ga. (German, Spanish)

Erica Poduch, Lake Zurich, Ill. (communication)

Rebecca Richmond, Michigan City, Ind. (music education)

Eleanor Riordan, Chicago (sociology)

Hannah Schwab, Sanford, Fla. (nursing)

Alyssa Serviss, DeMotte, Ind. (music performance)

Sydney Stokes, Richfield, Minn. (psychology, sociology)


Joshua Backhus, Edwardsburg, Mich. (mechanical engineering)

§ David Bremer, Milwaukee, Wis. (music education)

Matthew Bremer, Milwaukee, Wis. (astronomy, secondary education)

Zachary Krampien, Normal, Ill. (mathematics, theology)

*Jeffrey Langevin, Columbus, Ind. (music)

David Mackey, Naperville, Ill. (mechanical engineering)

Luke McGinnis, Alsip, Ill. (music education)

Charlie Presar, Buckhannon, W. Va. (exploratory)

Casey Terry, Munster, Ind. (history, digital media)


Fritz Depenthal, Orlando, Fla. (mechanical engineering)

Eric J. Dubinsky, Canton, Ohio (accounting)

† *Andrew Flasch, Valparaiso, Ind. (actuarial science)

James Kilcullen, San Mateo, Calif. (finance, economics)

*Samuel Macy, Hudsonville, Mich. (music)

Connor Russell, Granger, Ind. (mechanical engineering)

James Ryan, Bayonne, N.J. (meterology, theatre)

Joshua Sievert, Greenfield, Wis. (computer engineering)

Cody Wilson, Columbus, Ind. (theology)

† President

§ Student Manager

◊ Librarian

* Section Leaders

Student Spotlight

Hannah Koby - Senior Church Music Major from Kent, Ohio

A community of support with a fulfilling worship life is part of what draws

Hannah to Valparaiso University. One of her communities is found in the Chorale,

where she said she is continually challenged to grow as a musician. She said it’s a

gift to make music with the Chorale, and she is meaningfully impacted by sharing

this music with others on campus, across the country and abroad. In her summer

2017 internship at the Castle Church, Hannah helped plan the Hymn Festival,

making her performance in this historic celebration of the 500th anniversary of

the Reformation especially breathtaking for her, as the Chorale connected their

voices to people past and present, near and far. Hannah is planning on becoming

a church musician, with hopes of working in worship planning, liturgical theology

and research/writing, leading liturgies and hymns from the organ, performing and

working with other musicians.

Andrew Flasch - Junior Actuarial Science Major from Valparaiso, Ind.

Andrew enjoys a campus full of open doors at Valparaiso University, where he

sees professors’ commitment to individual students by their willingness to

provide advice not only on classes, but also on career and personal goals and

struggles. In the Chorale, Andrew finds himself working with fellow students in an

environment that merges their collective passion for music and shared purpose of

connecting to something bigger than themselves. As a lifelong Lutheran, he found

performing at Castle Church indescribably significant, both spiritually and

personally. He also saw the impact of the Chorale in Seyda, where he said he had

never seen such pure and absolute happiness in a human being than the reaction

Reverend Meinhof had when the Chorale arrived in the village. Andrew’s dream

job is to be a film composer, but for now, he is looking to earn his Fellow of

the Society of Actuaries designation, get married and start a big family.

Luke McGinnis - Sophomore Music Education Major from Alsip, Ill.

A friendly community, outstanding faculty and incredible opportunities are a

few cornerstones of Luke’s Valpo experience. He has fostered a family within the

Chorale, in which he interacts musically with others daily. Luke said the Chorale

is a musical force that brings out the best in everyone and has helped him to

become a better musician. The chance to perform the music of J.S. Bach with the

Thomanerchor and Leipzig Baroque Orchestra in the St. Thomas Church under

Thomaskantor Gotthold Schwarz was an unparalleled experience for Luke. He

also said he will always treasure performing the world premiere of Into the Light

and the intensive rehearsal leading up to it. He hopes to become a high school or

collegiate music director and to be able to provide his students with the

opportunities he has been given at Valpo.

Akira Kennedy - Freshman Social Work Major from Naperville, Ill.

Valparaiso University has a welcoming atmosphere that entices Akira. She gets

along with the people, enjoys the classes that are offered and appreciates the

countless activities available to students to get involved on campus. Akira has

already learned a great deal during her time at Valpo in the Chorale. She said she

has built lasting friendships with her fellow Chorale members, and as a non-music

major, she has especially enjoyed having the ensemble as an outlet for her love

of music. The biggest highlight of the Chorale’s trip to Germany for the

Reformation Tour was the bell dedication in Seyda, according to Akira. She said

she was humbled by the fact the citizens in the village wanted to share that

special moment with the Chorale and enjoyed how happy they were to be

together. In the future, Akira hopes to become a clinical social worker, and said

she would ideally like to be a travelling one, if such a job exists.

Music @ Valpo Is...

A community of musicians and mentors.

The Department of Music is an intentionally collaborative unit in which students work closely with

faculty mentors and fellow students. The weekly lessons, music colloquia, recitals, ensemble rehearsals

and other department activities help create an environment that is supportive of all musicians.

Targeted Degree Programs

Valpo’s music alumni excel in many career areas,

including church music, performance, music education

and arts management.

To acknowledge these diverse interests, the Department

of Music offers three degree programs, each one

leading to a specialized major. The many tracks within

these degree programs ensure that music students

cultivate their own talents and interests and prepare

students for musical vocations after college.

Service to the Whole Community

The department welcomes students of all majors to be

involved in musical life on campus. Non-majors actively

participate in department ensembles, studio lessons,

introductory music courses and extracurricular music


Creative Inspiration

The department’s busy concert calendar is deliberately

designed to support learning, whether students listen

in the audience or perform on stage. Throughout the

year, a diverse group of visiting performers and scholars

present recitals, lectures, workshops and seminars.

Union of Music and Faith

The Department of Music invites students to explore the

biggest questions of creativity, meaning and vocation

— in the classroom and beyond. Students can pursue

one of two specializations in church music or join the

selective and extracurricular ensembles that perform

in the beautiful Chapel of the Resurrection. Valparaiso

University also shares a special connection to the music

of Bach and his church in Germany, which students

can pursue through the Bach Institute and through the

Chorale’s triennial residencies in Germany.

Rich Performance Opportunities

Valparaiso University’s music rings throughout the nation

and the world. From Leipzig, Germany’s St. Thomas

Church to New York’s Carnegie Hall and even to Duffy’s

Place, Valpo’s music students make their virtuosity

known. The Chorale, Kantorei, Symphony Orchestra

and Chamber Concert Band tour regularly in the United

States and abroad, while the Jazz Ensemble and select

chamber ensembles perform off-campus locally and

around the region.

Instagram: @valpomusic

Twitter: @valpomusic




Department of Music Faculty

Joseph Bognar, Associate University

Organist; piano, music theory;

B.M., Valparaiso University; M.M.,

D.M.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-


Jeffrey C. Brown, percussion, jazz,

music industry; faculty jazz trio; B.A.,

Calumet College; B.M. American

Conservatory of Music; M.M.,

Valparaiso University

Lorraine S. Brugh, Frederick J.

Kruse Chair in Church Music; organ,

Kantorei; B.M., Northwestern

University; M.M., Northwestern

University; M.T.S., Garrett Evangelical

Theological Seminary; Ph.D.,

Northwestern University/Garrett

Evangelical Theological Seminary

Christopher M. Cock, Phyllis and

Richard Duesenberg Chair in

Lutheran Music; director of choral/

vocal activities, voice, director, Bach

Institute; B.A.E., B.M. Pacific Lutheran

University; M.M., D.M.A., University of


Maura Janton Cock, voice; B.M.E.,

University of Arizona; M.A., Moorhead

State University

Jeffrey Scott Doebler, music

education, band, conducting; B.A.,

Luther College; M.M., Valparaiso

University; Ph.D., University of


Dennis Friesen-Carper, Reddel

Professor of Music; orchestra,

composition, musicianship,

conducting; B.A., Bethel College;

M.M., D.M.A., Rice University

Ericka Tyner Grodrian, horn,

musicianship; B.A., Converse College;

M.M., University of Alabama; D.M.A.,

Indiana University

Benjamin Krause, music theory,

composition; B.M., Valparaiso

University; M.M., University of

Oregon; D.M.A., Rice University

Nicole Lee, piano, accompanying;

B.M., M.M., University of Southern


Stacy Maugans, saxophone,

musicianship; B.M., B.A., Indiana

University; M.M., Arizona State

University; D.M., Indiana University

Katharina Uhde, violin, music history,

chamber music; B.M., University

of Music, Karlsruhe; M.M., D.M.A.,

University of Michigan; M.A., Ph.D.,

Duke University

Alexander Austin, contrabass-jazz;

faculty jazz trio; B.M., Northern Illinois


Anne Marie Bice, voice; B.A., Luther

College; M.M., Northwestern


Cynthia Fudala, flute; B.M., Cincinnati

College-Conservatory of Music; M.M.,

Northwestern University

David Govertsen, voice; B.M., Music

Education; M.M., Northern Illinois


John Grodrian, trombone; B.S.,

Tennessee Tech. University; M.M.,

Indiana University

Claire Happel, harp; B.M., University

of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; M.M.,

Yale University; D.M.A., University of

Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Roger Harris, jazz piano, faculty jazz

trio; B.S., Roosevelt University

Jennet Ingle, oboe; B.M., Eastman

School of Music

Steven Ingle, bassoon; B.M., University

of Tennessee; M.M., Eastman School

of Music

Denise Kirkland, clarinet; B.M.E.,

M.M., Indiana University

James Konsbruck, guitar, guitar

methods; B.A., Columbia College;

M.M., Roosevelt University

David Machavariani, cello; B.A., Tbilisi

Special Music School; Artist Diploma,

Indiana University at South Bend;

M.M., Tbilisi State Conservatory;

M.M., Indiana University South Bend

Mary Lee Riley, piano; B.M.E., B.Mch.,

B.S., M.A.L.S., Valparaiso University

Carey Scheck, piano; B.A., Valparaiso

University; M.M., Western Illinois


Stephen Schnurr, organ; B.A., Duke

University; M.M., M.M.A., D.M.A., Yale


Phillip Serna, contrabass, viola

da gamba; B.M., San Francisco

Conservatory of Music; M.M., D.M.,

Northwestern University

Charles Steck, trumpet; B.M.E., M.M.,

Valparaiso University

Richard Watson, tuba, euphonium;

B.M., University of Michigan; M.M.,

Northwestern University

Danae Witter, viola, violin; B.M.,

Butler University; M.M., University

of Michigan; D.M.A., University of

Southern California

Emily Yiannias, voice; B.M., DePauw

University; M.M., Northwestern


The Valparaiso University Center for the Arts

The opening of the Valparaiso University Center for the Arts (VUCA) in 1995 put Valparaiso University’s

programs in art, music and theatre together with the Brauer Museum of Art under one roof for the first time

in the institution’s history. Arts lovers come from campus and the surrounding community to attend plays,

concerts and public presentations in the 275-seat University Theatre and 180-seat Duesenberg Recital Hall.

The facility supports the interdisciplinary spirit of the arts and provides valuable cultural and educational

opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community. The center fosters a spirit of collaboration and

energy as the arts departments share a commitment to a comprehensive, coherent and ambitious visual and

performing arts program.

Administrative Staff

Jeff Hazewinkel

Director, Center for the Arts

Kristin Flodder

Academic Assistant

Departments of Music and Theatre

Angelica Jackson

Administrative Assistant

Center for the Arts

Jessica Moon

Program Designer

Cortney Carey

Cover Designer

Best Value, Best Teaching,

Best in Midwest

Valparaiso University consistently receives recognition as one of the best in the Midwest and was named No. 1

for Best Value and Best Undergraduate Teaching in the Midwest — and No. 4 overall in the Midwest — by U.S.

News & World Report for 2018.

Explore our 350-acre campus. Meet a professor in your chosen field. Spend time with future Valpo students

during a visit day or schedule a personalized visit tailored to meet your needs.


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Spring 2018 Concert Tour

Sunday, February 25 at 4 p.m.

Basilica of Saint Adalbert

654 Davis NW

Grand Rapids, Mich. 49504

Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m.

Ascension Lutheran Church

225 E Morehead St.

Charlotte, N.C. 28204

Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Chapel of the Resurrection

1600 Chapel Dr.

Valparaiso, Ind. 46383

Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m.

Basilica of St. Lawrence

97 Haywood St.

Asheville, N.C. 28801

Friday, March 2: Evensong at 5:30 p.m.

Washington National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Washington D.C. 20016

Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m.

St. Johannes Lutheran Church

48 Hasell St.

Charleston, S.C. 29401

Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m.

Christ Lutheran Church

2011 Brandon Ave. SW

Roanoke, Va. 24015

Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m.

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

3976 Hendricks Ave.

Jacksonville, Fla. 32207

Sunday, March 4 at 5 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church

125 S 3rd St.

Wilmington, N.C. 28401

Saturday, March 10 at 6 p.m.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

1515 S Semoran Blvd.

Orlando, Fla. 32822

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