SCC Press Release

SCC Welcomes the Free Tenors to Keokuk’s Grand Theater on November 19

The Southeastern Community College Foundation invites everyone to a performance by the Free Tenors, Dr. Tim Ahern, Roger Hatteberg and Terry Strother, along with accompanist Leigh Pirtle on Friday, November 19 at the Grand Theater in Keokuk.  It is the trio’s third concert performance benefitting the SCC Foundation, but its first concert in Keokuk.

This wonderful evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Mr. Lucky’s with wine and delicious hors d’oeuvres from Delightfully Tasteful Bistro for holders of $50 and $40 tickets. The Free Tenors concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. Door prize drawings for special items will take place during intermission.

Reserved seat tickets for the fundraiser concert are $50 for adults and $10 for students. Ticketholders are eligible for door prizes. All proceeds from the event benefit the SCC Foundation.

Dr. Ahern is the Southeastern Community College Keokuk Campus Dean and Dean of Arts & Humanities. He has directed the SCC and community choruses in Keokuk and Burlington, including Burlington Bel Canto Chorale, and sings with Bel Canto.

Mr. Hatteberg taught at Horace Mann Middle School and served as the Burlington School district's music coordinator. He directed Burlington’s Shoquoquon Children's Choir, served as conductor of the Burlington Bel Canto Chorale and directed the annual "Lessons and Carols" celebration at Christmastime. Hatteberg directed Bel Canto for 27 years, retiring in March 2010.

Mr. Strother was a Speech Pathologist in the Burlington area for over 34 years. He retired in 1998 from the Great River AEA. He has sung continuously with Bel Canto for 42 years and presents solo and small group recitals.

Ms. Pirtle, an accomplished pianist, teaches Music at SCC and in her home.

The SCC Foundation, established in 1983, is overseen by a 24-member Board of Directors, including Dr. Tim Ahern, Suzanne Messer, Art professor at the Keokuk Campus, Ean Freels, Financial Aid Officer, and James Hankes, President of First Community Bank. In the past five years the SCC Foundation has awarded over $1,000,000 in scholarships to deserving students enrolling at SCC.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Julie Glasgow at 319.208.5062 or at

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