This year's concert, the ISU Voice Alumni Concert, will feature more than a dozen performers and benefit a voice scholarship endowment for encouraging and supporting promising young singers.
The endowment and first concert began after
At the time of his death, Wilgenbusch, a Victor native who earned his master's degree at
"When he died, I caught a flight and came back, which was a long and sad trip back," she said. "It was on that trip that I was thinking it didn't make sense. In processing how Joey would want me to deal with it, the idea came to me. It's a way for his legacy to live on in a different way."
Compton had performed with Wilgenbusch before and the two briefly overlapped while at ISU. Compton, who lives in
"That first concert was for a lot of people who couldn't make it to the funeral or were still processing his death," Compton said.
The concert was also a coming together of alumni and old friends, so a second concert was done the following year.
Now, the concert is just as much about alumni getting together and catching up as it is about remembering Wilgenbusch.
She played piano for Wilgenbusch and Compton at a concert and also saw Wilgenbusch when he guest spoke to some students.
She said the concert has become a part of the strong alumni involvement in the department.
At the concert, Goble will accompany singers such as
Performers are coming from surrounding states, such as
"There are at least two centuries of music covered here," Goble said.
There's no admission to the concert but free will contributions will go toward the endowment in memory of
ISU Voice Alumni Concert
Where: Martha Ellen-Tye Recital Hall, Music Hall, ISU campus
Cost: free, donations benefit endowment in memory of
The concert will run for about 90 minutes.
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