Concert memorializes alumnus, supports singers

Music faculty members, students and alumni now performing professionally will honor one of their own during a concert Sunday, July 29 (2 p.m., Tye Hall, Music). Admission is free, but free-will donations collected at the concert will help establish a voice scholarship in memory of alumnus and tenor Joey Wilgenbusch, who died suddenly last Dec. 26. A reception will follow the concert.

Performers include bass-baritone Simon Estes and faculty members tenor Donald Simonson, mezzo-soprano Mary Creswell and pianist Jodi Goble. The first half of the program will feature art song and chamber music and the second half, hits from opera and music theater.

Fund will aid promising singers

The memorial scholarship fund in Wilgenbusch's name, created through the ISU Foundation and music department, will support promising singers.

The concert will be webcast live at

Joey Wilgenbusch

Joey Wilgenbusch


Victor-native Wilgenbusch graduated from Iowa State in 2005 with a degree in vocal performance and went on to complete a master of music degree at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y. A talented singer and actor, Wilgenbusch was living and performing professionally in New York City. He died on Dec. 26, 2011, from a heart attack stemming from a birth defect.