Nebraskats Show Choir to Tour Nebraska Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 30–Dec. 1); Home Concert Wednesday(Dec. 2)

Dr. Andrew White
Nebraskats director, 308.865.8610

The University of Nebraska at Kearney Nebraskats, a 14-voice touring show choir with a five-piece band, will begin their concert tour to five Nebraska communities on Monday, Nov. 30, in O’Neill.

The two-day tour will include performances in O’Neill, Burwell, Cedar Rapids, Grand Island and Hastings. The show choir does a performance tour to Nebraska communities each semester. On Monday, the Nebraskats will perform for O’Neill High School at 8:15 a.m. The choir will then travel to Burwell Junior-Senior High School to perform at 11 a.m., and at 3 p.m., the show choir will continue their tour with a performance at Cedar Rapids Junior-Senior High School. The Nebraskats will conclude the performances for the day with a 7:30 p.m. concert in Grand Island at the Liederkranz, a historic German music society building.

The final tour performance will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec.1, at Adams Central High School in Hastings.

The group will conclude their tour with a home concert at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, in the UNK Fine Arts Recital Hall.

According to the Nebraskats director Dr. Andrew White, the show choir’s repertoire spans a wide range of popular music, from jazz and musical theatre to rock and pop of all eras.

Each concert will feature a variety of pop-style music including the “Dreamgirls Medley,”  “Maroon 5 Medley,” and songs originally written and sung by multi-platinum artist, Michael Buble. To celebrate the upcoming holiday, songs such as “A Wonderful Christmas Time” and “Hot Chocolate” will also be performed. All performances are free and open to the public.

Founded in 1967, the Nebraskats are the oldest college-level show choir currently performing in Nebraska. Each year, members are selected through a competitive audition. All members are full-time UNK students and represent many areas of study. This year’s Nebraskats are listed below alphabetically by hometown and state:

Auburn– Hannah Om, musical theatre major, soprano
Belgrade– Chelsea Roan, psychology major, alto
Belgrade– Jami Scott, English education major, 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 accompanists, 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

Blake Thompson, a music education major from Dalton, is assistant director.