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Bethlehem, Pa., January 31, 2007— Nine Moravian College instrumentalists recently performed in the Ninth Annual Intercollegiate Wind Ensemble held at Kutztown University. Moravian’s musicians were joined by students from Lehigh University, Muhlenberg College, and host Kutztown. They were chosen in October by the ensemble’s five directors – the four conductors from the participating institutions, including professor James Barnes, director of instrumental music from Moravian, and guest director was Willis Rapp, chair of the music department at Kutztown University.
The performers were chosen in the fall for the weekend of rehearsals, culminating in a final performance. The Moravian students taking part were piccolo player Catie Bowman ’07, Phillipsburg, N.J., oboist Amy Gollins ’09, Bolton, Ma., baritone saxophonist Jennifer Grier ’07, Newton, N.J., trumpeters Thomas Loprieno ‘09, Mahopac, N.Y. and Sean Mason ’08, Milford, Pa., bass clarinetist Jacqueline Olimpo ’08, Bedminster, Pa., French horn player Rena Sinerco ’08, Hackettstown, N.J., clarinetist Helen Smith ’09, Belvidere, N.J., and alto clarinetist Eric Weiss ’06, North Las Vegas, Nv.
The ensemble performed five pieces: “Shortcut Home” by Dana Wilson, “Variations of America” by Charles Ives and William Schumann, “English Waltz from ‘Youthful Suite’” by Percy Aldridge Grainger, “Choral and Shaker Dance” by John Zdechlik, and “Elfin Thunderbolt” by Nancy Galbraith.
“The IWE provides students with a unique performance experience which includes immersion in a highly motivated and qualified ensemble,” says Barnes, “The students performed with some of the finest instrumentalists from Moravian, Muhlenberg, Lehigh, and Kutztown. It takes a versatile student performer with the adaptability necessary to work with five different conductors—and our students performed brilliantly.”
The location of the festival rotates among the participating institutions. Next year’s tenth anniversary will be held at Muhlenberg College. Moravian College is scheduled to host the ensemble in January 2009.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.