WAUKESHA – The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Concert Choir and Windy Hill Handbell Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4 in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on campus.
UW-Waukesha is located at 1500 N. University Drive in Waukesha. Tickets are $5 for general admission.
The Concert Choir and Windy Hill Handbell Choir are both directed by Assistant Professor Nancy Van Brunt. Lecturer Jennifer Nicolosi will accompany the choirs on piano.
Selections from the groups, which feature student and community members, will include “Up Sprang a Birch Tree,” “He’s Got the Whole World” and “Many Mansions.”
The choir, featuring student vocalists Lauren Angles, LaVina David, Gavin Snyder and Nathan Muro, will perform during portions of Johannes Brahms’ “Liebeslieder Walzer, op. 52.” In addition, Sarah Sanfilippo, will provide piano accompaniment.
“We are very excited to be able to feature our music students in these roles in addition to the fine work our choir and handbell players are doing,” Van Brunt said.
Van Brunt holds a bachelor’s degree in music theory, a master’s degree in choral conducting and a doctor of philosophy in music theory with a minor in vocal performance, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She began her teaching career with the UW Colleges in 1980 at UW-Fond du Lac, also teaching at UW-Fox Valley and UW-Washington County before joining the faculty at UW-Waukesha in 1999. She teaches freshman and sophomore music theory and aural skills, handbell choir and vocal jazz ensemble at UW Waukesha. Van Brunt has served as choir director and director of music ministries for churches in Waupun and Beaver Dam, respectively, and as director and conductor of the Beaver Dam Oratorio Society, a community chorus of 40 voices. A long-time member and soloist with the Green Lake Festival Choir, she has also performed with the Master Singers of Milwaukee and served as their assistant conductor.
Nicolosi is a 2012 graduate of UW-Milwaukee, where she earned a master’s degree in collaborative piano. She earned her bachelor of fine arts degree from UW-Milwaukee in 2010, double majoring in collaborative piano and voice and graduating with high honors. Nicolosi has recently served as rehearsal accompanist and as the main keyboard player in performance for UW-Waukesha's 2011 production of “Urinetown,” the 2010 production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” and the 2009 production of “Working.” She was the transcriber, music arranger and accompanist for dance pieces in the 2009 and 2010 Art to Art Show at Dance Works in Milwaukee. She has performed numerous student recitals at UW-Milwaukee and tutored class piano and music theory there as an undergraduate student. Nicolosi currently teaches at UW-Waukesha and UW-Fond du Lac and teaches private piano and voice lessons in her studio.
Windy Hill Handbell Choir
*Nancy Van Brunt
*denotes members of the Windy Hill Handbell Sextet
UW–Waukesha has the largest enrollment among the 13 UW Colleges campuses. These freshman/sophomore campuses and UW Colleges Online comprise the UW Colleges. They offer an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree and prepare students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs.
In addition, UW-Waukesha offers several collaborative bachelor’s degrees through UW-Milwaukee and UW-Oshkosh. Starting this fall, UW-Waukesha is offering the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree completion program, a bachelor’s degree that can be earned at UW-Waukesha in collaboration with UW-Parkside. The degree is conferred by UW Colleges. Classes are taught by faculty from both UW-Waukesha and UW-Parkside.