BVU Students Accepted to 2017 Collegiate Honor Band

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L-R: Alyssa Kragelund, Megan Coats, Corgan Petersen, Rachel Kehrberg, and Jarrett Drummer

STORM LAKE, IA (11/07/2017) (readMedia)-- Five Buena Vista University (BVU) band members have been selected to participate in the 24th Annual Iowa Collegiate Honor Band.

The students selected include:

• Megan Coats – clarinet; a senior music education (vocal) major from Sac City

• Alyssa Kragelund – clarinet; a senior business and accounting double major from Anita

• Rachel Kehrberg – clarinet; a senior biology and music double major from Hinton

• Jarrett Drummer – clarinet; a senior biochemistry and communication studies double major from Conrad

• Corgan Petersen – percussion; a junior music education (instrumental and vocal) double major from Atlantic

Rehearsal for the 100-member ensemble will be held on Friday, Nov. 17 in Nevada, Iowa, at the Josephine Tope Community Auditorium on the Nevada High School campus. A finale concert will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the same location. This event is free and open to the public.

This year's guest conductor for the Iowa Collegiate Honor Band is Dr. Jack Stamp, who is an adjunct professor of music at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he teaches conducting and composition. Prior to this position, Stamp served as the director of band studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) for 25 years, where he also served as chairperson of the institution's music department for six years. While at IUP, Stamp was named as a Distinguished University Professor, the highest award granted to a faculty member by the university. Stamp holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting from Michigan State University, where he studied with Eugene Corporon. An internationally recognized composer of wind band music, Stamp has studied composition with Robert Washburn, Fisher Tull, Joan Tower, David Diamond, and Richard Danielpour. He was also the founder/conductor of the Keystone Wind Ensemble, a wind band dedicated to the recording of forgotten band literature. The ensemble boasts over 20 commercial compact disc releases. Additionally, Stamp is a contributing author to the "Teaching Music Through Performance in Band" series. He resides in Hudson, Wis. with his wife, LeAnn.

This the 24th year of the Iowa Collegiate Honor Band. Students are selected from among those nominated by directors from colleges and universities throughout the state. They represent some of the finest instrumentalists in Iowa.

About Buena Vista University

Since 1891, Buena Vista University has prepared students for lifelong success and blends liberal arts with real-world applications. Our traditional campus on the shores of Storm Lake hosts students in a variety of majors and pre-professional programs, including elementary, secondary, and special education; business and accounting; and biological and chemical sciences. Our 16 degree-completion locations, online, and graduate programs expand student potential with a pace and academic rigor designed for working adults and a variety of class formats that make scheduling even more convenient. With an average scholarship of more than 50 percent off of tuition, BVU is an affordable option for all students. Visit