Nebraskats Show Choir will Perform Saturday, Sept. 19, at Rail Fest in North Platte

Dr. Andrew White
Nebraskats director, 308.865.8610

UNK- The University of Nebraska at Kearney Nebraskats, a 14-voice touring show choir with a five-piece band, will perform Saturday, Sept. 19, at Rail Fest in North Platte.

In 2008, Rail Fest, a large community supported event that brings together business, government, nonprofit and community organizations to preserve railroad history in North Platte, attracted more than 15,000 visitors from 48 states and 20 foreign countries.

The UNK Nebraskats will begin performing at 12:50 p.m. The show is free and open to the public. The performance will showcase a wide variety of pop-style music including the “80’s Medley,” “Dreamgirls Medley” and “Maroon 5 Medley.”

Founded in 1967, the Nebraskats are the oldest college-level show choir currently performing in Nebraska. According to the Nebraskats director Dr. Andrew White, their repertoire spans a wide range of popular music, from jazz and musical theatre to rock and pop of all eras. Dance styles are choreographed by professional dancers, as well as students, including the Nebraskats members.

Nebraskats are selected through competitive audition each spring for the following academic year. All the members are full-time UNK students and represent many areas of study. This year’s Nebraskats are listed below alphabetically by hometown and state, along with their majors and their vocal range:

Auburn– Hannah Om, musical theatre major, soprano
Belgrade– Chelsea Roan, psychology major, alto
Belgrade– Jami Scott, English education major with a music minor, alto
Burwell– Dillon Nelson, musical theatre major, bass
Creston– Emily Wemhoff, public relations major, soprano
Grand Island– Shaylie Murphy, music education major, soprano
Grand Island– Phillip Zuehlke, business administration major, music minor, tenor
Juniata– Addison Heeren, math education major, music minor, bass
Kearney– Clifford Holman, music education major, bass
Lincoln– Nate Rocke, musical theatre major, tenor
Lincoln– Sadie Lubeck, broadcasting major, soprano
Ord– Taylor Fahey, communication disorders major, alto
O’Neill– Jordan Peterson, musical theatre major, tenor
        Burlington– Codie Milford, musical theatre major, bass

The student band members, their majors and the instruments they play, are listed below, alphabetically by hometown and country:

Atkinson– Kelli Garwood, education major, keyboard
Fremont– Josh Steager, music education major, drums
Grand Island– Gustavo Rodriguez Berrera, music business major, guitar  
Kearney– Anthony Ford, music business major, saxophone
Wahoo– Matthew Braunsroth, music education major, bass guitar              
Japan– Ayae Mori, music major, keyboard