A group of dedicated students, community members and faculty brought their talents together for an elaborate, renaissance–style affair to kick off the holiday season Nov. 20 at Ketner Sports Complex.
For the first year, the Trine University Music Department hosted a madrigal dinner – a performance set in the Renaissance era featuring musicians performing traditional songs in period clothing while guests enjoyed a catered meal. The event helped to raise money for the music department′s operating expenses.
"It was great – really fantastic," said band director Mark Kays. "It was a sold–out crowd, and we′re already starting to plan next year′s madrigal dinner." More than 50 student choir members performed, and they were accompanied by the university’s band.
Choral director Beth Stepp said multiple people pitched in to help with the event. Stepp′s sister, Carol Dettmer of rural Auburn, designed and made about 75 costumes for the performance. Dettmer gave costumes – loaned by Fremont High School – some 15th century flair. She also visited church rummage sales and second–hand shops for Renaissance inspiration.
"She′s amazing," Stepp said of her sister. "She rips apart, repairs, adds braids and ribbons. We could not have put this show on without her."
Donna Thrasher′s sewing class at Angola High School made tunics for the characters in the madrigal. Greg Koomler of Ashley, Ind., donated his time to make old English–style herald banners, which will be used as decorations for the event. A recorder consort group, led by Lynn Syler of Angola, also performed at the event. Others in the group included Norm Adams, Carol Frymier, Jeri Mow, Jane Papsdorf, Jeanine Samuelson and David Syler.
Student performers included Kiera Baum, Shaleah Ellenberg, Allison Flock, Amanda Franklin, Hannah Gaisford, Lauren Hood, Katie Ivers, Natalie Johnson, Danielle Madden, Delaney Mosher, Nicole Orsborn, Paige Panelli, Alix Parrett, Nichole Potter, Jocelyn Ries, Jennifer Sir Louis, Liz Steinmetz, Sarah McFarland, Samantha Willmann, Alex Sabo, Brian Boes, Steve Elsner, Shane Hendrickson, Jordan Kohne, Joe Robinson, John Shue, Noah Veach, Rick Zugay, Matt Leonhardt, James Taylor, Daniel Ehinger, Bailey Showalter, Lantz Kulp, Sarah Darling, Jay Carey, Tabitha Cuffy, Aaron Teague, Meegan Curtis, Dan Rukes, Liz Hall, Nick Stephan, Katie Schelenski, Dan Wiehe, Ryan Davis, Brandon Cosby, Kenny Hansen, Hannah Alley, Krsteena Sarver, Aaron Stroup, Max Frame, Valerie Coulter, Brendan Baum, Wayne Mow, Claire Gilman, Kyle Grear, Shawn Grooms and Adam Tatlock.
For more information about next year′s madrigal dinner, which is planned for Saturday, Nov. 19, contact Stepp at 260.665.8094.