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Area High School Vocalists to Perform in PSC’s 13th Annual Honor Choir Tuesday, Feb. 23


(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) will host its 13th annual Choral Festival Honor Choir for some of the region’s best high school vocalists on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

More than 160 students, who were selected by PSC music faculty based on recommendations made by their high school music directors, will rehearse with PSC musicians and present a concert at 6:30 p.m. in the College Theatre, located at the south end of Hoyt Science Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Participating high schools and their directors include:

  • Auburn High School – Director Meghan Burgess
  • Bruning-Davenport – Director Brian Leisher
  • Johnson-Brock – Director Dana Overfiled
  • Johnson County Central – Director Thomas Doran
  • Louisville – Director Katie Burns
  • McCool Junction – Director Suzanne Nielsen
  • Nebraska City – Director Stephanie Stanek
  • Rock Port, Mo. – Director Effie Oldham
  • Yutan – Director Micahael Babic

The concert will begin with a performance by the PSC Misty Blues Show Choir, followed by the Choral Festival Honor Choir. Musical selections include Awake the Trumpet's Lofty Sound from Samson byGeorge F. Handel; Gloria in Excelsis, attributed to W.A. Mozart; Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco by Guiseppe Verdi; Ring Them Bells, arranged by Greg Gilpin; How Can I Keep from Singing, arranged by Gwyneth Walker; and America the Beautiful, arranged by Mark Hayes.

PSC President Dan Hanson said, “Being selected to participate in this choir is a tremendous honor and a unique opportunity in that these young people will sing and interact with current PSC students. We’re excited to have such a talented group of vocalists on campus.”

The Honor Choir will be led by PSC Music Professor and Director of Choral Activities Dr. Thomas Ediger. Denis Plutalov, a University of Nebraska - Lincoln doctoral student from Russia, is the pianist for the event.