Mesa OutLoud to perform at CMU on Sunday |

Mesa OutLoud to perform at CMU on Sunday

Brittany Markert
Mesa Outloud! is comprised of six seniors and juniors from Colorado Mesa University's music and theater department. From left to right: Rochelle Kwasniewski, Bryan Carlson, Colton Pratt, Shannon Foley, Kortni Stillwagon, and Jessica McKnight​.
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WHAT: Mesa OutLoud! performance

WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 18, 2 p.m.

WHERE: Robinson Theatre, Colorado Mesa University campus (1100 North Ave., Grand Junction)

COST: $10 for adults, $5 for students

INFO:, 970-248-1604

Colorado Mesa University’s vocal ensemble Mesa OutLoud! will perform on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. The event is a fundraising concert for Mesa Repertory Theatre’s summer season, which will be announced on Sunday as well.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students. The concert is set for Robinson Theater, located on Colorado Mesa University’s campus (1100 North Ave., Grand Junction).

Four seniors and two juniors at CMU comprise the group, which will perform acapella, jazz, pop and more. A special guest will also perform with the group as well as feature solo pieces.

The six-man group includes seniors Jessica McKnight, Shannon Foley, Rochelle Kwasniewski, Colton Pratt, and juniors Kortni Stillwagon and Bryan Carlson.

“It’s really just a good, entertaining afternoon,” Foley said.

Jeremy Franklin, CMU’s director of music theater, started the group last January, but for a different purpose. The group was formed for a foundation dinner in Denver called the Taste of Mesa. President Tim Foster and others enjoyed the group’s talent and realized they could use it to CMU’s advantage. Mesa OutLoud! was then formed and funded as an outreach program for CMU’s music and theater department and as acting ambassadors for the school.

“It shows what the theater department can do,” Carlson said.

After their performance on Sunday, the group will begin practicing for a month-long tour throughout Colorado and New Mexico visiting high schools.

According to Franklin, since four members will be graduating in a few months, the group will hold auditions in April for next year’s performances and touring for recruiting and performances.

Being ambassadors for the music and theater department, the group suggests for those interested in getting involved in the art to live outside the box and not to be afraid to try new things.

“Follow where your passion leads you,” Carlson said.

For more information, visit or call 970-248-1604.

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