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The sounds of winter at Northeast

The sounds of winter at Northeast

NORFOLK, NE – A large crowd spent a recent Sunday afternoon enjoying the sounds of the winter season at Northeast Community College as the Music Department held its annual Winter Concert in the Lifelong Learning Center.

Selections of the season, including Aurora Borealis, Let it Go, Yellow Mountains, and Winter Dreams, were performed by Northeast’s men’s and women’s audition ensemble Ebony and Crimson, Singer’s Express, and Concert Choir, which are under the direction of Stewart Cramer, music instructor and director of vocal activities at Northeast with Margaret Schultz, serving as accompanist. Also performing was the Community/College Concert Band, under the direction of Kevin McLouth, instrumental music instructor/director of instrumental activities at Northeast.

A video of the concert may be stream online at

Members of Singer’s Express include Rachel Biehl, Lexington; Brandon Fentress, Oakland; Caleb Franzen, Columbus; Andres Hughes, Norfolk; Morgan Kavulak, Bee; Shelby Laird, Pender; Megan McWhorter, Neligh; Emma Meisenheimer, Hartington; Sydnie Niemann, Wayne; Katherine Perrigan, Norfolk; Cecilia Ponce, Hartington; Kala Rast, Newman Grove; Dalton Rath, Randolph; and Sheldon Wattier, Norfolk.

Members of Ebony & Crimson include all members of Singer’s Express in addition to Grace Baker, Silver Lake, and Hope Boyle, Norfolk.

Concert Choir members include all Singer’s Express and Ebony & Crimson members as well as Drake Boyle, Norfolk; KC Carey, Norfolk; Amy Hammond, Randolph; and Alexis Lautzenhiser, Norfolk.

Members of the Community/College Concert Band include:

Flute: Emily Case, Gibbon; Carrie Jensen, Norfolk; Annika Johansen, Pierce; Virginia Maas, Hoskins; Linda Steele, Norfolk; Britnie Rath, Battle Creek; Marie Scheer, Madison; and Cait von Lau, Creighton.

Baritone Saxophone: Ryan Ginn, Norfolk; and Holden Vavricek, Shelby.

Euphonium: Ken Hamsa, Norfolk; Celia Howser, Norfolk; and Riley Montoya, Newman Grove.

Trombone: Josh Fulton, Stanton; Zach Morris, Winside; Dr. Randy Neuharth, Norfolk; and Jerimy Placke, Palmer.

Oboe: Caylan Hirschman, Norfolk; Brooke Painter, Norfolk; and Ashley Pedersen, Pierce.

Trumpet: Marty Beyer, Neligh; Christalin Ginn, Norfolk; Nick Gubbels, Randolph; Sarah Harrod, Battle Creek; Lynn Matthies, Norfolk; Curtis Stevens, Creighton; and Les Swanson, Norfolk.

Bassoon: Melora Hirschman, Norfolk; and Zaidya Hirschman, Columbus.

Tenor Saxophone: Reid Arens, Hartington; Ryan Colsden, Stanton; Joshua Hughes, Norfolk; and Hayley Schmidt, Pender.

Percussion: Noah Kalvelage, Battle Creek; Connor Lemke-Elznic, Winside; Malcolm Opoku, Lincoln; Dalton Rath, Randolph; and Jeremy von Lau, Creighton.

Clarinet: Allison Backer, Norfolk; Gordon Braun, Norfolk; Karen Goetsch, Norfolk; Rosemary Gubbels, Plainview; Andres Hughes, Norfolk; Kala Rast, Newman Grove; Sue Sieler, Norfolk; and Amanda Smith, Norfolk.

Horn: Alexa Dougherty, O’Neill; Dr. Bryon Hirschman, Norfolk; Pat Leavell, Norfolk; and Zia Moore, Oakdale.

Bass Clarinet: Cecilia Ponce, Hartington.

Tuba: Seth Rivest, Battle Creek, and Corbin Dean, O’Neill.

Alto Saxophone: Judene Abels, Norfolk; Isaiah Baker, Norfolk; Rhyan Kotrous, Verdigre; and Brittany McConnell, Neligh.




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Andres Hughes and Allison Backer, clarinet players in the Northeast Community College Community/College Concert Band, perform at a Winter Concert in the Lifelong Learning Center recently.