Wartburg hires new tour manager for music department

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Colleen Tague, and Stephanie Klemetson discuss sheet music for an upcoming event. Klemetson will be the new music, tour, camp and promotions manager at Wartburg. — Emily Novotny/TRUMPET

Wartburg has hired Stephanie Klemetson as the new music, tour, camp and promotions manager, Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of the Faculty Mark Biermann said.

This is a new position this year to extend on the part-time position that was already on campus to get a better focus on the demands that need to be taken care of, Biermann said.

“We were looking for someone that had experience with music, especially with large ensembles either vocal or instrumental and someone with organizational skills,” Biermann said.

Biermann said that Klemetson’s familiarity with Wartburg and her background with music were key factors.

Wartburg started to look for applicants at the end of August and that process took about four to five weeks, Biermann said.

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Klemetson said before taking this new job she was office coordinator for the religion and philosophy department and taught music in the Waverly-Shell Rock school district.

“This is sort of the direction I saw my career going into,” Klemetson said.

Having this new position in a higher education field it is just another way to advocate for music within the community, Klemetson said.

Klemetson said that she is in charge of running the domestic tours for Wind Ensemble, Wartburg Choir and Castle Singers as well as the coordinating for summer music camps and festivals. In addition, she will work with marketing and communication to help promote events.

Biermann said he hopes this new job will help benefit the students and have events run more smoothly so the directors can focus on getting the students ready for the performance.

Student Cailee Whitefield said that the most important thing that will benefit students is the planning aspect.

“As a student coordinator for the choir festivals held on campus, it will be nice to split up the work that I had to do this year,” Whitefield said.

Biermann said when having tours they are hoping to have better coordination with the off-campus sites, offer more music on campus for students and better promotion of events, festivals and music recordings.

There are plans that Klemetson said she would like to see happen and with this new position it offers more opportunities.

“I would like to see the touring ensembles have wider base tours,” Klemetson said.

Other plans include working with the community on tours, Klemetson said.

While this position has a lot of responsibilities, Klemetson isn’t worried about getting started.

“I am just really excited to be at Wartburg,” Klemetson said.

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