PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington State University Madrigal Singers will highlight a 10-day performance tour to Italy Sunday, March 22, when the ensemble performs in Rome at the Vatican.
The WSU group left March 12 for northern Italy, where members have visited several cities. They will return to WSU following the Vatican performance to complete the spring semester.
The group visited Milan, Verona, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Siena and Rome, appearing at locations where the music they performed was written, said conductor and WSU faculty member Lori Wiest.
The Madrigal Singers is a select group of 24 students who perform music from the Medieval and Renaissance eras, especially the Italian Renaissance, as well as several pieces of contemporary American classical music.
Portions of the estimated $45,000 tour cost were raised by members through fund-raising activities, Wiest said.
The following students are members of the WSU Madrigal Singers and participated in the trip to Italy:
Aberdeen: Noelle Means, soprano.
Camas: LeAnne Strickler, alto.
Colfax: Tani Fritz, soprano.
Kennewick: Jamie Robinson, alto; Douglas Coffman, tenor; and J.J. McLallen, tenor.
Olympia: Kris Baier, tenor.
Pomeroy: Marlana Schilling, soprano.
Port Angeles: Jennifer Bryant, soprano.
Prosser: Rob Kuchcinski, tenor.
Pullman: Sara Reedy, alto; and Kristofer Barber, bass.
Redmond: Michael Kirkpatrick, bass.
Ruston: Bart Kryger, tenor.
Selah: Terry J. Mullinax, bass.
Spokane: Marlana Schilling, soprano.
Walla Walla: Shana Clausen, alto; Richele Heilbrun, alto; and Robert G. Dennis, bass.
Warden: Jesse Allison, bass.
Yakima: Jeremy Syme, tenor.

Los Angeles: Joaquin Hernandez, bass.
Moscow: Kirstin Malm, alto.
Aloha: Dominique Dennis, soprano.