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Concert to feature music by UND grad Terry Schlenker

The music of UND graduate and composer Terry Schlenker will be featured at a concert at 8 p.m. April 29 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Grand Forks, presented by Grand Forks Master Chorale, UND Concert Choir and Firesign Vocal Quartet.

Terry Schlenker

The music of UND graduate and composer Terry Schlenker will be featured at a concert at 8 p.m. April 29 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Grand Forks, presented by Grand Forks Master Chorale, UND Concert Choir and Firesign Vocal Quartet.

Firesign, which features Schlenker as bass plus soprano JoAnn Gudvangen-Brown, alto Donna Wickham and tenor Ben Riggs, will premiere his "Mass for Four Voices." His music will be for mixed unaccompanied choir, and the UND Concert Choir will premier his "De Profundis," which it commissioned.

Other works to be performed include Timor et Tremor, Laudate Dominum, Brennan's Lullaby, In Monte Oliveti and Alleluia.

Schlenker is a 1976 graduate of Grand Forks Red River High School, studied music composition at UND and at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, from which he holds a master of art's degree in composition. He is a past winner of the Young Artist's Orchestra's Composition Competition, according to his website bio.

A composer of many orchestral, piano and chamber works, Schlenker has focused much of his recent energy on a cappella choral music. Many of his choral works have been recorded and published and are regularly heard on the Classical Public Radio Network. He has been featured on the Public Radio programs of Colorado Matters, Colorado Spotlight, Sacred Classics and Classical Discoveries.

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In addition, his music has been used in a documentary film. He is regularly commissioned in the Colorado area. His work has been performed at the national conventions of Chorus America and The American Choral Director's Association, at the International Festival of GALA Choruses and at the National Choral Festival.

An embryologist by profession, Schlenker co-founded and for 12 years directed one of the most successful human in-vitro fertilization laboratories in the world. Several years ago, he partially retired in order to focus more time on composing music. He continues to work part-time as an embryologist.

The event is sponsored by the UND Concert Choir, Grand Forks Master Chorale, The UND College of Arts and Sciences and the UND School of Medicine. Tickets will be $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students, sold at the door.

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