K-State A Cappella Choir To Perform Sunday In Marysville

Cadence, an a cappella choir from Kansas State University, will perform at the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 as part of the year-long centennial celebration of Marysville Chapter BB PEO Sisterhood.

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The event is free and the public is invited to enjoy the music, followed by a reception with visiting, tea and cookies.

The concert will feature songs from Disney movies, songs by Frank Sinatra, Queen, and Panic! At The Disco.

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All of the members of Cadence are students at Kansas State University. This year the group is made up mostly of students from Kansas, many from Manhattan and Kansas City.

One of the members is Sterling Matthew Oliver, son of Robert and Sally Oliver, Marysville.

As the group’s music manager, Oliver is in charge of selecting the songs the group will perform and finding or creating the arrangements. All arrangements in this year’s repertoire were created by members of Cadence, something important to Oliver.

β€œCadence was built on the premise of never really taking ourselves too seriously,” he said. β€œWe work hard to make sure we are able to put on a good show, but we make sure that show is a lot of fun and often includes a lot of ridiculous and funny moments.”

The singers have a variety of majors: theater and music, computer science and engineering.

They rehearse four times a week, Monday through Thursday. Leading up to concerts or special events, extra rehearsals are added.

The concert is one of a series of programs and events that recognize the local PEO chapter’s founding on April 30, 1919. Also celebrated this year is the 150th anniversary of the PEO Sisterhood, a philanthropic and educational organization founded in 1869 by seven students on the campus of Iowa Wesleyan College.

The organization has grown to a membership of 225,000 women in 6,000 local chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Its mission remains much the same as its founders envisioned: support for women through friendship, education and philanthropic activities.

Kansas chapters number 252 with membership of 10,500, including Chapter BB, which has members in Marysville, Blue Rapids, Waterville and Hanover; Chapter AN Frankfort; and Chapter EJ Washington.

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Derek Nester
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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