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Sources: Joshua Oppenheim, 785-532-3824, joshuao@k-state.edu;
Julie Yu-Oppenheim, 785-532-3815, julieyu@k-state.edu;
and Jennifer Heim, jheim@k-state.edu
Website: http://www.kstatechoirs.com/k-state-singers.html
News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-2523, bbohn@k-state.edu

Monday, Oct. 18, 2010

UNIVERSITY'S SINGING AMBASSADORS SPREAD PURPLE PRIDE ACROSS THE STATE

MANHATTAN -- They sing, they dance, they entertain.

Since 1954 Kansas State University's singing ambassadors, the K-State Singers, have performed across the nation and in cities around the globe.

The K-State Singers are a select group of non-music majors, chosen through an audition process in the fall. The group is under the direction of K-State's Joshua Oppenheim and Julie Yu-Oppenheim, assistant professors of music and co-directors of choral activities; and Ryan Bogner, graduate student in music, Leavenworth. The group's choreographer is Chance Gates, senior in music education, Manhattan.

Along with performances at events both on and off campus, the K-State Singers will be part of several special events this fall, including:

* The Central States Marching Festival, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at K-State's Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The group will perform a mash-up from the TV show "Glee" of "Crazy in Love" and "Hair" with the K-State Marching Band. Admission to the festival is $5; it's free to K-State students with their K-State ID and children 12 and under.

* K-State Singers Fall Show, "Musical People," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in McCain Auditorium. Admission is $5 in advance; tickets cost $7 at the door for students, seniors and members of the military, and $10 for the general public.

* Christmas Show, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, in All Faiths Chapel. Admission is free.

The 2010-2011 members of the K-State Singers are:

Brett Lyman, freshman in life sciences and premedicine, Ellinwood, bass; Josh Arellano, sophomore in arts and sciences-open option, Garden City, tenor; Jennifer Heim, junior in life sciences and pre-pharmacy, Hoxie, alto and business manager; Blair Kocher, junior in management, Lenexa, tenor; Darren Allison, junior in public relations and marketing, Lyons, bass; Hayley Black, sophomore in psychology, Overland Park, soprano; Mollie Stephens, freshman in hotel and restaurant management, Pittsburg, alto.

From Salina: Hillary Boyle, junior in accounting, soprano; Jordan Lankhorst, sophomore in architectural engineering, tenor; and Alyssa Peppiatt, freshman in arts and sciences-open option, soprano.

Justin Moss, junior in business administration, Tonganoxie, bass; and Meghan Rush, junior in English, Wellsville, alto and business manager.