2017 Singers


Laurelin Berkley, Soprano, recently graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Choral Music Eduction. There, she studied voice with John Hines, and in 2014, she placed third in her division for the National Associations of Teachers of Singing Iowa competition. At UNI, she performed in the Opera Ensemble, Concert Chorale, and Cantorei. Laurelin now resides in Lincoln, Nebraska where she is completing her student teaching. She has a great passion for choral music, travel, and the outdoors, and she looks forward to combining them all as she walks with Vox Peregrini in Ireland.

Chambray Burk is a recent graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in English Education. In the Fall of 2017, she will be student teaching in Des Moines, Iowa. During her time at UNI, she studied voice with Professor Jeffrey Brich. She also participated in three choral ensembles: Concert Chorale, Cantorei, and UNI Singers. Chambray recently enjoyed working at First Presbyterian Church of Waterloo, Iowa where she cared for the children of the congregation. She is excited to instill a passion for exploration into different genres of reading and writing within her students.

Joshua Burk is recently graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in May of 2017 with a degree in Choral Music Education. He studied voice with Professor Jeffrey Brich and sang in multiple ensembles at UNI including Concert Chorale, Cantorei, Glee Club, Camerata, and UNI Singers. Joshua lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his beautiful wife Chambray pursuing careers in education. He looks forward to instilling and fostering a love of music and learning in his students.

Allison Collins is the 5th and 6th grade vocal music teacher at Fort Dodge Middle School in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She directs four curricular choirs, teaches music appreciation classes, and directs a small extra-curricular ensemble. Allison graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 2014. While at UNI, she had the opportunity to perform with several different choral ensembles. Allison was part of the Vox Peregrini pilgrimage in 2015, and she is excited to return to Ireland with the group this summer.

Jonathan Greer, bass/baritone, is from Dallas, Texas where he is finishing his 8th year as member of the Orpheus Chamber Singers.  In addition, Jonathan sings frequently with First Unitarian Church of Dallas, Christ the King Catholic Church, Christ Church Plano, and Highland Park United Methodist Church.  Outside of classical choral music, he has also appeared in local productions of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, She Loves Me, The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, and Cabaret.  Jonathan attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Church Music and a Master's Degree in Music History.  When he is not performing, Jonathan is a Catering Sales Manager at the Historic Belo Mansion in Downtown Dallas, specializing in corporate events, non-profit galas, and weddings.

Emily Hughes is a junior Health and Society major at the University of Texas at Austin. At UT, she studies voice under professor William Lewis and serves as Vice President of Concert Chorale under the direction of Dr. Suzanne Pence. Emily also sings in Longhorn Singers under the direction of Morgan Kramer and is a member of the Liberal Arts Council. Outside of school, Emily volunteers with Project Transitions, an organization that serves those with HIV/AIDS by providing supportive housing and hospice care. Upon graduation, Emily hopes to serve in the United States Peace Corps and then pursue graduate education in medicine or social work.

Morgan Kramer, bass, is Director of Choral Activities at Manor High School in Manor, Texas and recent graduate from The University of Texas at Austin with his master’s degree in choral conducting. He served as the director and teaching assistant for numerous ensembles and courses including Longhorn Singers, Concert Chorale, University Chorus, and undergraduate choral conducting. A native of Fostoria, Iowa, Morgan is the founder and director of the Clay County Chorale community chorus. He received his undergraduate degree in choral music education from the University of Northern Iowa in 2015 where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and received the Purple and Old Gold Award – the highest university honor awarded by academic departments. An active singer and conductor, Morgan received 3rd place in Southwest ACDA Graduate Student Conducting Competition (2016) and has performed numerous operatic roles with the UNI Opera Ensemble and Toronto Summer Opera Workshop.

Arlie Langager is a conductor, educator, and singer living in southern California. She teaches at MiraCosta College where she conducts the choirs, coordinates the applied music program, and teaches voice. Originally from Canada, Arlie did her doctoral studies in choral music at The University of Texas at Austin.  Before moving to the US, Arlie enjoyed a busy and diverse schedule in her community working with boychoirs through university choirs ranging from opera to vocal jazz programs.  Click here to view Arlie's complete bio.

Ben Owen is the grades 5-12 Vocal Music Teacher at the Dunkerton Community Schools in Dunkerton, Iowa. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa in 2015. At Dunkerton he directs four choirs and two extra-curricular ensembles. In addition to his duties at school, Ben is the director of music at First Congregational Church in Waterloo, Iowa. Within the Cedar Valley, Ben founded and conducts Canticum Novum, a chamber ensemble performing the choral music of William Byrd.

Sean Smith is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with Bachelor Degrees in Music and Psychology.  An Iowa native, Sean now resides in Chicago, Illinois where he spends his days working at a bakery. During his time at UNI Sean had the opportunity to tour Estonia with Concert Chorale, and do regional tours in the USA. Sean is delighted to have the opportunity to make music with the great musicians and people on this journey.

Dane Sowers, tenor, is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, with degrees in Plan II Honors, English and History. He studied voice at UT with Professor Nikita Storojev, and participated in the Concert Chorale. He also performs regulars in plays produced by Foot in the Door, a theater company in Austin. Dane will be attending the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in the fall of 2017, in order to pursue a JD. Music, travel, and the outdoors have always been enormous passions of his, and he is so thankful and excited to have the opportunity to participate in this wonderfully unique program.

Lauren Stroh, soprano, is active as a professional chorister and soloist based in Dallas, Texas. Specializing in early music, she has sung and collaborated extensively with several choral ensembles and musicians, including Orpheus Chamber Singers, the University of North Texas Collegium Singers. Dallas Bach Society, Denton Bach SocietyPalestrina Singers, and Polyphonia. Notable recent performances include the Boston Early Music Festival, the Collegiate Choral Organization Conference in Portland, Oregon, and collaborative performances in Houston and Dallas with Orpheus Chamber Singers and Ars Lyrica under the direction of John Butt. Lauren graduated in 2011 from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a degree in organ performance. Currently, Lauren oversees a chorister training program as Director of Children’s Choirs for St. Peter’s Episcopal Church of McKinney. Lauren enjoys musical composition, and recently completed a cycle of psalm meditations for soloists and choir. In addition to her musical pursuits, Lauren is working toward a master’s degree in clinical counseling at UNT.

People need wild places.  Whether or not we think we do, we do.  We need to be able to taste grace and know again that we desire it.  We need to experience a landscape that is timeless, whose agenda moves at the pace of speciation and glaciers.  To be surrounded by a singing, mating, howling commotion of other species, all of which love their lives as much as we do ours, and none of which could possibly care less about us in our place.  It reminds us that our plans are small and somewhat absurd.        BARBARA KINGSOLVER, Small Wonder