“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything.” -Plato
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
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
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
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)
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.
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)
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.
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
Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine
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.
(...in 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,
“Leonardo, Vieni á Volare! Leonardo, Sognare!” (“Leonardo, come fly! Leonardo, Dream!”)
-Charles Anthony Silvestri (b. 1965)
A Suite from West Side Story
arr. Andrew Flasch
(In commemoration of the Centenary of Mr. Bernstein’s Birth)
One Hand, One Heart
Andrew Flasch, piano
Kelly Langevin, piano
Two Scottish Folk Songs
The Gallant Weaver
Lay me Low
Plenty Good Room
Flower Into Kindness (Into the Light)
Praise to the Lord
arr. Jonathan Quick
arr. Kevin Siegfried
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
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)
§ Student Manager
* Section Leaders
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
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.
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.,
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.,
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
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,
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.,
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.,
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.,
David Govertsen, voice; B.M., Music
Education; M.M., Northern Illinois
John Grodrian, trombone; B.S.,
Tennessee Tech. University; M.M.,
Claire Happel, harp; B.M., University
of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; M.M.,
Yale University; D.M.A., University of
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
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.,
Charles Steck, trumpet; B.M.E., M.M.,
Richard Watson, tuba, euphonium;
B.M., University of Michigan; M.M.,
Danae Witter, viola, violin; B.M.,
Butler University; M.M., University
of Michigan; D.M.A., University of
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.
Director, Center for the Arts
Departments of Music and Theatre
Center for the Arts
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.
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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