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February 1, 2002


LA CROSSE, Wis.—Approximately 300 singers will grace the stage and share their vocal talents during the Women's Choir Festival at Viterbo University on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

The festival, which is free and open to the public, features singers as young as 9 years old through college-aged. The eight participating choirs include:

  • The LaCrosse Girl Choir Touring Choir—The singers under the direction of Jennifer Weick will sing "Gloria Alleluia" by Emily Crocker and "Of Thee I Sing America" arranged by Salley Albrecht and Jay Althouse.
  • Sparta High School Girls Chorus—This ensemble directed by Janette Knutson will sing "The Poet Sings" by Stroope, "Children Go Where I Send Thee" by Caldwell and Ivory, and "Kungala" by Stephen Leek.
  • Logan High School Girls Chorus—The singers under the direction of Dean Gunnarson will perform the Michael Haydn's "Magnificat," "Yo Le Canto Todo El Dia" by David Brunner, and selections from "The Three Seas" by Alice Parker.
  • The Central High School Freshman Girls Choir—This choir, under the direction of Kim Shively, will sing "Kikkiihi" by Johann Schein (1586-1630), and "Birdsong" by contemporary composer Paul Read.
  • Aquinas High School—Under the direction of Beth Mathison (a 2001 Viterbo graduate) will perform "When Soft Voices Die" and "When I am Silent," by contemporary composer Joan Varner.
  • The Oshkosh West Girls Chorus—Under the direction of Herb Berenson will sing "The Snow" by Edward Elgar, accompanied by a violin soloist, and a selection of songs from Brahms' opus #44.
  • UW-La Crosse Women's Choir—Conducted by Paul Rusterholz, they will sing "To Those Who See" by Dede Dudson,  "The Lord is My Shepherd" Javier Busto, and from Miss Saigon,  "Sun and Moon" by Claude-Michel Schoenberg.
  • The Viterbo University Women's Chorale—Under the direction of Jean Saladino, they will perform "Native American Spring Songs" by Nancy Grundahl (with text from the Chippewa culture) and "Laughing Song" by Lloyd Pfautsch (text by William Blake). Both songs are accompanied by flute solo.

The event culminates with a finale of all the singers performing Gwyneth Walker's setting of "How Can I Keep From Singing," which is a Quaker Song from 1800.

For more information, contact Jean Saladino at 796-3771 or email

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