The Ottumwa Courier

October 18, 2013

Regional chorus to headline SEISO concert series


Ottumwa Courier

---- — OTTUMWA — The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 63rd season with a remarkable fall concert series in Burlington, Mt. Pleasant and Ottumwa Oct. 19 and 20.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today at Memorial Auditorium in Burlington, 3 p.m. Sunday at Bridge View Center in Ottumwa and at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel Auditorium, Iowa Wesleyan College — Mt. Pleasant.

Ottumwa Civic Music has partnered with SEISO to present the 2013 Fall Concert Series. Performances include a chorus of over 125 members from Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant Community Chorale and Indian Hills Community College.

SEISO is proud to present an incredibly talented husband and wife — Bradley and Ana Miller as guest conductor and guest soprano, respectively. Bradley Miller will conduct Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine for orchestra and chorus, and Ana Miller will serve as soprano soloist for Poulenc’s Gloria. In addition, gifted college senior Andrew Robson will serve as guest conductor for the first movement of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8.

Bradley Miller is assistant professor of music and director of choral and vocal activities at Iowa Wesleyan College, where he oversees all aspects of the vocal music program and conducts the Iowa Wesleyan College Concert Choir and Broad Street Connection (vocal jazz ensemble). He teaches courses in conducting, secondary choral methods, diction, and studio voice. He also serves as conductor of the 40-voice Mt. Pleasant Chorale. Miller has conducted collegiate, high school, community and church choirs. Prior to beginning graduate study, he taught vocal music at Blaine High School in Blaine, Minn., for five years. Miller has studied conducting with several distinguished teachers, including Bruce Chamberlain, Kathy Saltzman Romey, René Clausen, Matthew Mehaffey and Elizabeth Schauer. His conducting skills were recognized at the 2008 National ACDA Convention where he was a finalist in the graduate student conducting competition. Miller earned a B.A. in music education from Concordia College-Moorhead, an M.M. in choral conducting from the University of Minnesota and a D.M.A. from The University of Arizona. He resides in Mt. Pleasant with his wife, Ana, and their two sons, Nicholas and Lucas.

Soprano Ana Miller serves as adjunct voice faculty at Iowa Wesleyan College and maintains a private voice studio. She received an M.M. in vocal performance from The University of Arizona, where she studied with Dr. Kristin Dauphinais. Hailing from Nisswa, Minn., she earned a B.A. in music from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. Most recently, she was the soprano soloist for Iowa Wesleyan College’s performance of Mozart's Vesperae solennes de confessore, performed the role of Nancy in The University of Arizona Opera’s production of Britten’s Albert Herring and was a featured soprano soloist with The University of Arizona Community Chorus and Orchestra singing Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer. Oratorio performances include Fauré’s Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Bach’s cantata no. 140, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme. As a choral singer, Miller has sung with The Arizona Choir, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus, The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists, and The Concordia Choir. With a passion for church music, she served as Director of Music at The Holy Way Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Ariz., as well as Teen Choir Director and Children’s Music Director at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church in Plymouth, Minn. She is an active recitalist and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

Andrew Robson starting playing the flute at the age of 9, studying under the Suzuki method. While in high school, Robson was a member of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and had the privilege of studying with the musicians of the St. Louis Symphony. In 2010, he won the Youth Orchestra’s concerto competition and performed Mozart’s Concerto in G Major. Robson was the principal flute of the 2010 All-State Orchestra in his senior year. He was won Truman State University’s Gold Medal Competition twice and was awarded the Presser Scholarship last year. Since his freshman year, Robson has been principal flute with the Truman State University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony I. He is currently working on a degree in flute performance at Truman State University with Dr. Julianna Moore. Robson plans on pursuing a degree in orchestral conducting next year after graduating from Truman.

Program notes, written by Jim Priebe, and complete bios for SEISO’s guest artists may be downloaded from the orchestra’s web site.

Admission to the fall concerts is by SEISO season ticket, Ottumwa Civic Music ticket (and reciprocal organizations) or patrons may pay at the door. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for students ages 12 and older. Season tickets for the fall, winter and spring performances will also be available for sale before each concert. The cost is $35 for adults, $20 for students and $70 for an entire family.

To enrich the concert experience, plan to attend the “Prelude.” Robert McConnell will talk about the music to be performed so patrons will have a greater understanding and appreciation of the performance they’re about to hear. The “Prelude” is 30 minutes long and begins 45 minutes before each concert. This service is supported by the Charles W. Rand Memorial Lecture Fund of Burlington and offered free of charge to all members of the audience.

For more information, visit www.seiso.us, contact the Symphony office at 319-385-6352 or write to seiso@iwc.edu.