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Great Hall GBPAC, Cedar Falls

Concert: Bernstein @ 100

Sunday, April 15 // 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Celebrating one of America’s greatest musicians and his inspiring work. Experience a wide array of music from every genre explored by Bernstein interwoven with imagery and sound of him at work. The culmination of collaborations with a host of community organizations, this special concert will also include the Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra, University of Northern Iowa Children’s Choir and other guest artists.

Bernstein – A Wonderful Town, Overture
Bernstein – Halil with Claudia Anderson
Bernstein – A Quiet Place, Suite
Bernstein – Mass, Sanctus
Bernstein – Songfest, To What You Said
Bernstein – Westside Story, Symphonic Dances

Sponsored by // Dee & Dave Vandeventer // KWAY Radio // Stephanie & William Clohesy // Heartland Financial // Iowa Arts Council

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We are thrilled to partner with an array of vibrant artists and community ensembles in celebration of America's most prominent classical musician! Learn about our artistic partners below.

Artistic consultant Dr. Jonathan Chenoweth chairs the String Division at the University of Northern Iowa School of Music, and is coordinator of chamber music activities. In addition to teaching cello, he has developed service learning opportunities in music and innovative approaches to music appreciation. Before his arrival at UNI in 1991, he taught at the Pennsylvania State University (State College campus), Truman State University (MO), and Augustana College (SD). For twenty years (1991-2011) he served as principal cellist of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra.

Jonathan received his training at Oberlin College & Conservatory and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has performed as a member of several ensembles including the Dakota Quartet, the Soviet Emigré Chamber Orchestra , the Richmond (VA) Symphony, and the contemporary music group Bis. He has been a soloist, orchestral player, and chamber musician at festivals in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, New Hampshire, and Vermont, and has shared the stage with a wide variety of performers, from Yo-Yo Ma to Ella Fitzgerald. Since 2012, his research emphasis has been the creative world of composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein.

Flutist Claudia Anderson is known for her originality and brilliance as a solo and chamber music performer across the U.S. She is a founding member of the innovative flute duo ZAWA! and the summer flute intensive Passion Flute: Foundations for Creative Performing. Currently principal flute with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and on the faculty of Grinnell College, Anderson serves also as flute faculty and Wind Area Head of the Young Artist Seminar at Rocky Ridge Music Center ( Other faculty positions have included the Universities of Iowa and Northern Iowa, Ithaca College and the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Anderson’s latest solo album In This World (released in 2014 on cdbaby) includes her debut as a composer, Weather Conversations for flute and electronics. More recently, flutist-composer Cynthia Folio released a CD (BCM+D Records, 2014) of her chamber music on which ZAWA! recorded Z3, a major work for two flutes and piano commissioned in 2008. In 2014 ZAWA commissioned and premiered Cynthia’s double flute concerto, Winds for Change, a musical meditation on the effects of climate change and the environment. ZAWA is touring the country in 2017-18 with this concerto in a new version with flute chamber orchestra; their goal is to share the performance with strong flute studios across the country and to increase awareness of concerns over the health and safety of our planet.

As an arts administrator, Dr. Anderson directed and developed Rocky Ridge’s Junior Music Program for five years. Active in the National Flute Association, she has served as Coordinator of the Chamber Music Competition, member of the Repertoire Committee for Young Artist Competition, and has adjudicated numerous taped and live-round NFA competitions. She currently serves on the NFA’s New Music Advisory Committee and on the Board of Directors of Areon Flutes.


Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra is the Cedar Valley’s only non-school youth orchestra. Founded in the spring of 1986 by UNI School of Music faculty member Dr. Alan Dennis, the original incarnation of the group featured string, wind, and brass students in grades 7-12. In the fall of 1988 the orchestra was reorganized using the same name but under the auspices of UNI Suzuki School and directed by UNI School of Music faculty member Rebecca Burkhardt. At that time the group was reconciled as a string orchestra open to students in grades 9-12. The orchestra continued to develop with instructors from UNI School of Music and UNI faculty as conductors, including Jack Graham, Jonathan Chenoweth, Jeffrey Stirling and Michael Fanelli, and Julia Bullard. wcfsymphony Artistic Director Jason Weinberger led the ensemble for several seasons, and it was thereafter led by former wcfsymphony conducting fellows Bonnie Alger, UNI School of Music graduate student, and John Chiles, current music director.

NIYO continues to be sponsored by the UNI Suzuki School and its membership is drawn from several NE Iowa communities including Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Waverly, Independence, Urbana, Wadena and Buckingham. The orchestra performs two local concerts a year and will embark on a short tour in Iowa in late April of 2018.

NIYO director John Chiles began his collegiate studies in viola at Virginia Commonwealth University under Dr. Stephen Schmidt, continued his graduate viola studies under Dr. Julia Bullard while also completing a second post-graduate degree in conducting at the University of Northern Iowa. He currently holds the position of Department Chair of Chamber Music and Orchestral Studies at the Univeristy of Northern Iowa Suzuki School. John performs with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra and is also the conductor of the Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra, Cedar Falls Community Orchestra and, Charles City Orchestra.

University of Northern Iowa Children’s Choir is a vocal performance ensemble for students in grades 3-9. The ensemble provides an opportunity for children to make music together, further vocal development, and present high quality concerts. The members rehearse once a week at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. The choir also provides a learning experience for UNI music education students to rehearse a children’s choir, enhance conducting skills, deliver or articulate instructions and announcements, and organize a performing ensemble. As both a pedagogical tool and a performing ensemble, the choir presents two concerts per year as well as other arranged performances throughout Iowa. The choir has performed with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra on their Holiday Pops Concert, the UNI Chamber Orchestra, the UNI Men’s Glee Club, at the Midwest Singing Festival, and at many other special occasions. 

University of Northern Iowa Children's Choir conductor Dr. Michelle Swanson has taught at UNI for 20 years. Dr. Swanson teaches Elementary General Music Methods and Music Appreciation. In addition to classroom teaching, Swanson also supervises music education students during student teaching and advises music education students. Dr. Swanson regularly guest-conducts elementary, middle school, and high school honor choirs throughout the midwest. She also consults with music departments in school districts around Iowa. She is very involved in numerous committees on campus and also volunteers in the community and at Candeo Church. Michelle is married to Chad, an attorney in Waterloo and a former cellist in wcfsymphony. They have two children, Elizabeth and Matthew, both UNI Children's Choir alums.