Chamber Choir to go on tour

November 4, 2014
Chamber Choir

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Chamber Choir, directed by Dr. Bob Demaree, director of choral activities at UW-Platteville, will go on its yearly tour of high schools on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 20-21.

Each fall, the Chamber Choir tours to perform at high schools in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota. According to Demaree, the choir goes on tour to build better performance skills through multiple concerts, share the power and value of music with high school students and provide a positive recruitment tool on behalf of the university.

This year’s tour will include six schools, including Monroe High School in Monroe, Wis.; Janesville Craig High School in Janesville, Wis.; Jefferson High School in Jefferson, Wis.; New Berlin Eisenhower High School in New Berlin, Wis.; Brookfield East High School in Brookfield, Wis.; and Muskego High School in Muskego, Wis.

Repertoire will include Lithuanian works by Myskinis and Augustinas; gospel and spiritual songs by Stacey Gibbs; “Benedictus sit Deus” by W.A. Mozart; and “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” by Dolly Parton.

“This year, we’ll sing for multiple choirs at three of the six schools, so we’ll really do nine, 45-minute performances in less than 48 hours,” said Demaree. “That’s a lot of outreach.”

Natalie Baertschy, choir director at New Berlin Eisenhower High School, is a sister of Chamber Choir member Sara Day. Madison Anderson, a senior choral/general music education major at UW-Platteville and Chamber Choir member, is an alumna of Muskego High School. Mat Anderson, choir director at Monroe High School, is an alumnus of UW-Platteville.

“Many of our singers view Chamber Choir as a capstone experience in their college lives,” said Demaree. “They work diligently to build the skills necessary to perform at a very high level. This dedication and discipline serve them well in their future lives, regardless of their vocations.”

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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