Letters to the Pilot

Thursday, April 10, 2003

Sweet sounds


On Friday night, March 28, at the Schaller Memorial Chapel on the Buena Vista University Campus, my wife and I were thrilled by a sensational concert presented by the Storm Lake High School Choir. They not only sang beautifully but displayed an air of confidence and professionalism that is normally reserved for those in the music profession. These young people are just beginning their journey through their musical education.

The music selections chosen by the conductor were diverse in respect to the difficulty of the selection and how it appealed to the audience. The various groups, and sections within the choir, were featured and each delivered a marvelous performance. This delighted their parents and all of the members of the audience.

The soloists were outstanding. Jennifer Licktieg sang beautifully and her stage presence could not have been better. Liz Andrews clearly demonstrated why she has been chosen an All-State Alto for the past four years. Matt Safley held the entire audience in the palm of his hand as he produced piano magic on the keyboards - outstanding!

Having said all of the above, it is obvious that the teacher/conductor is an extremely talented and dedicated artist. Mr. Tollefsen spun his musical journey with his baton. His ability to communicate and draw the very best from the members of the choir made it possible to bring the total performance into focus. He has taught them dedication and devotion, sprinkled with just the right amount of discipline, brings out the best in each and produces dividends. The lesson will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

I am certain the people of Storm Lake are aware of their good fortune. Your school system attracts and encourages teachers of quality to be free to give their very best. This is the only way we can be certain that the students will receive the education and guidance needed during their formative years.

Thanks for a super evening.

Glenn and Sharon Theulen,