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Southeast Community College Choir Concert Sept. 18

Two choral groups at Southeast Community College will present a concert in the Truman Center Gymnasium on the Beatrice Campus.

The choirs will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. The event is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature performances by the SCC Multi-Campus Choir and the newly-formed select women’s ensemble “After the Storm.” Both groups are co-directed by Maybelle Circle and Dr. Ken Hoppmann. Guest conductor for the evening is Dr. Jon Gruett, director of choirs at Lincoln High School. One of Gruett’s Lincoln High choirs also will perform at the concert.

“I’m really enjoying working with the new women’s ensemble,” Circle said. “They are a very talented group of girls. We’ll be singing a variety of songs, so there should be something for everyone to enjoy.”

Molly Kay Hartley, an Academic Transfer student focusing on music and psychology, said, “My favorite thing about this new ensemble is that we all get along so well, and we’re like family inside and outside of the classroom.”

Amy Schramm, Academic Transfer student focusing on music education, echoed Hartley’s comments.

“What I really enjoy about our ensemble is that we’re all doing what we are most passionate about, singing,” Schramm said.

The Multi-Campus Choir is open to SCC students from all campuses and meets three times per quarter for rehearsals. In between rehearsals, students practice their music using assistance provided by Angel, SCC’s online learning management system. The choir is offered during the Spring and Summer quarters each year.

“After the Storm” is accepting new participants this year. Interested women should be dedicated singers willing to commit to being in the group for at least three consecutive quarters, beginning this fall. The ensemble rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-3:45 p.m. on the Beatrice Campus. Membership in “After the Storm” is by interview and permission of the instructors.

Persons wanting more information about either group are asked to contact Hoppmann at [email protected]

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.