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Fanfare for Uncommon Men: Juniata Wind Symphony Honors American Composers

(Posted April 5, 2010)

James Latten, associate professor of music, leads the Juniata College Wind Symphony

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- American composers ranging from Gershwin to Copland to Bernstein will be the focus of the Juniata College Wind Symphony concert "A Very American Sound" at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 18, in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts.

Admission is $5 for adults. Admission for Juniata students with ID and those under the age of 18 will be free.

The Juniata College Wind Symphony is conducted by James Latten, associate professor of music.

In addition to honoring an all-star roster of American composers, the Wind Symphony also will highlight various student musicians.

The group will perform iconic works by two of the most popular American composers: Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. "Overture to Candide," originally written by Bernstein as an operetta, has become one of the most frequently performed orchestral pieces. "Fanfare for the Common Man," written by Copland to honor American servicemen in World War II, has been recorded countless times, including a rock version by Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

The entire ensemble will then perform "Chant and Jubilo," by composer Francis McBeth, a native of Texas. He is a retired professor of music at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark.

Three Juniata trumpet players will be featured on the tune "Bugler's Holiday," by Leroy Anderson. Anderson is best known for composing the Christmas tune "Sleigh Ride" and "The Syncopated Clock." The Juniata trumpeters are: Melissa King, a sophomore from Newtown, Conn.; Caroline White, a freshman from Chambersburg, Pa.; and Katie Downey, a freshman from Warren, Pa.

In the second half of the program, the college's Clarinet Choir will be featured on "Canzona De Sonare," by Girolamo Frescobaldi, an Italian Renaissance composer.

Juniata student Dessie Schwentner, a junior from St. Marys, Pa., will be featured as vocalist on "Angels in the Architechture," by Frank Ticheli, a professor of music at the University of Southern California best known for his compositions for concert and marching bands. Ticheli served as a guest conductor for the Juniata ensemble in 2008.

Pianist Emily Brant, a senior from Garrett, Pa., will accompany the ensemble on "Rhapsody in Blue," the classic jazz-influenced composition by George Gershwin. The ensemble will play a "Rhapsody" arrangement written by American composer Ferde Grofe, best known for his work "Grand Canyon Suite."


Members of the Juniata Wind Symphony are as follows:

Flute: Danielle Gaisior, a sophomore from Mount Union, Pa.; Danielle Hauck, a sophomore from Easton, Pa.; Sarah Holmgren, a freshman from Hummelstown, Pa.; Kelsey Kilhoffer, a sophomore from Ridgway, Pa.; Ariel Lawver, a freshman from Baltimore, Md.; Elena Popchock, a freshman from Newport, Pa.; Samantha Shaiman, a sophomore from Hatfield, Pa.; Liam Sharp, a sophomore from Haddon Heights, N.J.; Claire Wayman, a freshman from Ontario, N.Y.; Ann Ziegler, a sophomore from Elizabethtown, Pa.; and Sheena Zolla, a junior from Friedens, Pa.

Oboe: Candice Kerestan, a community member from Huntingdon.

Bassoon: Sandra Gehman, a senior from Lancaster, Pa. and Lynn Pavlovic, a sophomore, from Harrisburg, Pa.

B Flat Clarinet: Sara Bean, a junior from Greencastle, Pa.; Elizabeth Boswell, a junior, from Ames, Iowa; Megan Burger, a freshman from Bellefonte, Pa.; Clare Coda, a senior, from Shady Grove, Pa.; Lindsay Darchicourt, a sophomore from Boiling Springs, Pa.; Allison DiVito, a sophomore from Bedford, Pa.; Allyson Edington, sophomore from Aaronsburg, Pa.; Tara Fitzsimmons, mobile science educator at Juniata College; Erin Francis, a sophomore from Parkton, Md.; Jen Frazier, a sophomore, from Bedford, Pa.; Laura Goodlander, a senior from Etters, Pa.; Jessika Michaelangelo, a junior from Altoona, Pa.; Danielle Partsch, a sophomore from Salix, Pa.; Lynn Pavlovic, a sophomore from Harrisburg, Pa.; Caitlin Reisel, a sophomore from Cranford, N.J.; Steve Schmitt, a junior from New Providence, Pa.; Felicia Segelken, a freshman from Delhi, N.Y.; Hilary Smith, a freshman from Iowa City, Iowa; Nancy Vooys, a freshman from Mount Holly Spring, Pa.; Kelsey Walakovits, a junior from Coplay, Pa.; Matthew White, a junior from Columbia, Md.; and Emily Wivell, a freshman from Windsor, Pa.

Bass Clarinet: Janet Berlin, an instructor in music at Juniata; Rachel Feagley, a community member from Huntingdon; Amanda Peretin, a sophomore from Sidman, Pa.; Fallon Shaffer, a freshman from Alum Bank, Pa.; and Melissa Zilch, a freshman from Mount Union, Pa.

Contrabass Clarinet: Rebecca Strohm, a freshman from Penfield, N.Y.

Alto Saxophone: Abigail Kress, a senior from Lancaster, Pa.; Tyler NeuCollins, a junior from Solon, Iowa; Brittani Raybuck, a sophomore from Duncansville, Pa.; Barrett Richard, a freshman from Harrisburg, Pa.; Jared Richard, a freshman from Harrisburg, Pa.; Jennifer Shuty, an instructor in music at Juniata; and Seth Weil, a freshman from Silver Spring, Md.

Tenor Saxophone: Brennan Cornelius, a freshman from Orbisonia, Pa.; Emily Canner, a community member from Huntingdon; and Kelli Yingling, a sophomore from Three Springs, Pa.

Baritone Saxophone: Brennan Cornelius, a freshman from Orbisonia, and Sean Oswald, a sophomore from Huntingdon.

Horn: Ashlin Creeden, a freshman from Annville, Pa.; Neil Neigenfind, a sophomore, from Dauphin, Pa.; Joel Rhodes, a sophomore from Huntingdon; and Adam Rothstein, a community member from Huntingdon; Stephanie Schmid, a freshman, from Ellicott City, Md.; Hannah Sheridan, a junior from Danville, N.H.; Anne Staudenmaier, a junior, from Harrisburg, Pa.; and Alexa Zimbicki, a sophomore from Shippensburg, Pa.

Trumpet: Jordan Canner, a community member from Huntingdon; Katie Downey, a freshman from Warren, Pa.; Melissa King, a freshman from Newtown, Conn.; Doug Wennick, a community member from Huntingdon; Eric Wennick, a community member from Huntingdon; and Caroline White, a freshman, from Chambersburg, Pa.

Trombone: William Croissant, a community member from Huntingdon; Andrew Fouse, a community member from Huntingdon; Ryan Knepp, a community member from Huntingdon; and Matt Vesper, a senior from Townsend, Mass.

Euphonium: Aaron Keeney, a community member from Huntingdon; Lindsey Reedy, a community member from Huntingdon; Jen Ruglio, a sophomore from Oak Ridge, N.J.; and Ben Sheets, a sophomore from Athens, Ohio.

Tuba: Megan Hourigan, a freshman from Memphis, N.Y. and Earl Rogers, a senior from South Paris, Maine.

Percussion: Amanda Durofchalk, a freshman from Warnersville, Pa. and Kathleen Vanderau, a senior from Scotland, Pa.

Piano: Emily Brant, a senior from Garrett, Pa.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.