Good Company music group to present Benjamin Britten’s ‘A Ceremony of Carols’


The Iowa Statesmen choir prepares for its Holiday Festival concert, set for Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

Devin Wilmott

Iowa’s very own Good Company will present Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. The concert will take place in the sanctuary of St. Andrews Lutheran Church, a place known to Good Company for its acoustics. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Gallery 319 or Rieman Music which is located on Main Street in Ames.

Good Company is a select chorus of women singers from the Ames area who learn, practice and present challenging music to central Iowa. The group was founded in 1993. The group has received praise for enabling their audience to experience a varied repertoire for years. 

“Ames has so many talented performers, and I often hear first-time Good Company audience members say that they wish they had known about our group sooner,” said Steven Hoifeldt, director and founder of the group. “We perform many types of choral literature, from the Middle Ages to the present, musical theater and opera, pops and jazz. I look for literature written for adult women’s voices, but we have performed music written for all types of treble choirs.”

Even though Good Company is not affiliated with an institution or organization, the group has three ISU faculty members, seven ISU faculty/staff spouses, six ISU staff members and seven ISU alumni. The amount of members who are affiliated with ISU adds up to more than the groups actual present membership. 

“This is a great choir and a great opportunity to enjoy beautiful, moving, unique holiday music,” Hoifeldt said. “The music will range from the tranquil to exuberant and the simple to the complex.”

Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” is a Christmas piece written for a treble choir. Accompanied by a harp, the audience will also have a chance to sing along to several carols and hear other works by living composers.

 Audience members will be submitted into a drawing during the concert to “Win a Good Company of Carolers.” The chosen audience member will win a small ensemble of Good Company singers to carol at any holiday celebration of their choice. 

“Our members are talented, experienced vocalists who enjoy making music in the company of friends,” Hoifeldt said. “We are excited to be sharing the beauty of choral music while continuing to learn and grow as individual artists. I hope that this concert will make people aware of a new body of choral literature and some talented composers, as well as the power of women’s voices.”