Newman University Troubadours Garner Standing Ovation at Carnegie Hall

Jul 07, 2009

Wichita, Kan. – It just doesn’t get any better than a standing ovation at Carnegie Hall. On their second appearance in two and a half years at the most respected concert hall in the nation, the Newman University Troubadours received a standing ovation. The Troubadours, Newman’s select vocal ensemble, had been invited back to Carnegie Hall for a June 13, 2009 concert after their performance during the Thanksgiving 2007 break with other chorale groups from the United States and Canada. For this appearance, the group performed a new work, Symphony of Songs, by nationally renowned choral conductor and composer/arranger Dr. John Leavitt, a former faculty member at Newman who resides in Andover, Kan.

Newman Director of Choral Music Deanne Zogleman said the trip was a huge success, with students taking in a Broadway show, going to museums, exploring Central Park and visiting other New York landmarks such as the World Trade Center, Wall Street, Battery Park and Times Square between rehearsals. After their performance, the students enjoyed a dinner cruise around the Statue of Liberty.

“We even had one of our alumni who was performing with us become engaged at the Top Of The Rock at Rockefeller Center,” Zogleman said. “I want to give a big thank you to everyone who supported us with monetary gifts as well as prayers for a successful trip. It was such a thrill to stand on that stage and watch a standing ovation, and to know it was due to the passion and talent these students have for music.”

Newman University Troubadours Garner Standing Ovation at Carnegie Hall

Members of the Newman University select vocal group The Troubadours outside Carnegie Hall in New York before their June 13 appearance.

Newman University Troubadours by hometown:
Andale: Jessie Huffman
Clearwater: Jessica Frischenmeyer and Jenna McCulley
Derby: Spencer Jones, Brandon Pratt and Lyle Valentine
Goddard: Cliff Fox
Hays: Julie Schmeidler
Peabody: Megan Cox
Valley Center: Kaven Knotts and Nick Parsons
Wellington: Neal Crouch

Wichita: Hailey Driscoll*, Chad Fenn*, Josh Gilbertson, Jennifer Greene, Lindsay Laird, Kaitlyn Leivian, Yamir Lozada, Sarah McDaniel, Liz Moore and Betsy Simison

*Alumni performers