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Music Ensembles

Concert Choir
Concert Choir is the largest ensemble and performs a wide variety of a cappella and accompanied music from all periods of music.  In the past few years, they have performed in SOLD OUT performances of the “Annual Elizabethan Christmasse Feaste,”  and have joined forces with over 300 singers from other colleges to sing a major work with the Sioux City Symphony.  As with all of the performing groups, the Concert Choir tours every year.  Past trips have been to New Orleans, Chicago, San Antonio, St. Louis, and Kansas City.  No auditions are required for this group.

0017374 MUS-140-100            Concert Choir   1 Credit                  2:00-3:25 p.m.  MW

Jazz Band
The Iowa Lakes Jazz Band performs a wide selection of styles ranging from standard swing era to contemporary styles.  This group is open to all interested students and membership is determined by auditions. The Jazz Band performs several times throughout the school year and hosts an annual High School Jazz Band Contest. One of the highlights of the year is our annual spring tour. Past destinations have included St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago, New Orleans, and Colorado.

0016974 MUS-170-101          Jazz Band         1 Credit                  12:00-12:55 pm   MWF

Jazz Singers
Jazz Singers is a select group of four to eight singers that perform a wide variety of jazz, from the standards to current popular a cappella hits.  One of the highlights of the year for this group is the annual Jazz Festival at Iowa Lakes, in which the singers get the chance to work with nationally-known jazz musicians.  The group is accompanied by keyboard, bass, and percussion, and learns the techniques of creating a jazz style and improvisation. Auditions for the group can be done in the spring or during the first week of classes in the fall.

0017375 MUS-153-100              Jazz Singers      1 Credit              11:00-11:55 a.m.  MWF

Handbells
Handbells is the collegiate handbell choir.  This group provides an opportunity for talented musicians (no handbell experience necessary) to rehearse and perform a wide variety of handbell music. Auditions are held at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.  

0016982 MUS-178-101                     Handbells          1 Credit        1:00-1:55 pm      MWF

Men’s Chorus
Contemporary music such as pop music, show tunes, novelty numbers and ballads are performed by the Men’s Choir.  The Men’s Choir and Women’s Choir sing separately and may also combine to perform music.  Auditions for the group will be done during the first week of classes in the fall and in the spring.

0017376 MUS-155-100                Men’s Chorus   1 Credit                  TBA

Click here to listen to audio clips of the Men's Chorus

Woodwind Ensemble
The woodwind ensemble provides an opportunity for woodwind players to play their traditional instruments as well as Renaissance instruments. Auditions for this ensemble are held during the first week of each semester. This group performs at the annual Renaissance Madrigal Feaste and other concerts as well.

0016976 MUS-175-101          Woodwind Ensemble  1 Credit               TBA           

Women’s Choir
Contemporary music such as pop music, show tunes, novelty numbers and ballads are performed by the Men’s Choir.  The Men’s Choir and Women’s Choir sing separately and may also combine to perform music.  Auditions for the group will be done during the first week of classes in the fall and in the spring.

0017377 MUS-156-100         Women’s Chorus                1 Credit         TBA

Brass Ensemble
The Brass Ensemble is an ensemble within the Department of Music. Auditions for this ensemble are held during the first week of each semester.  The Brass Ensemble perform a variety of traditional and contemporary literature for brass.  Concerts are performed on and off campus.

0016978 MUS-176-101         Brass Ensemble             1 Credit               TBA                

Percussion Ensemble
Iowa Lakes’ students have the opportunity to participate in several percussion experiences. Participation in the various ensembles is by audition during the first weeks of classes in the fall and spring semesters.

MU 179 0016980 MUS-177-101         Percussion                1 Credit              TBA

Concert Band                                    
Iowa Lake’s students join forces with the Northwest Iowa Concert Band, an area community band, to provide our college with a concert band organization. The NWICB will perform a fall concert, the Estherville Winter Games Concert, and a spring concert. The opportunity to participate in this group is open to all full or part-time students without audition.

0016971 MUS-145-100          Concert Band                1 Credit                  TBA
     

Instrumental Lessons (Guitar, Piano, etc.)
Take advantage of the instrumental lessons that are available to all students.  Students receive training at weekly lessons from experienced faculty.  These lessons are available to an experienced performer or someone who has never before played an instrument.

MUA-XXX-100                        Applied Instrument (page 20)    TBA

Voice Lessons
Many students take advantage of the vocal lessons that are available to all students to improve themselves as singers. The singers perform the selections they have worked on during the lessons at recitals that are presented at the end of the semester.

0017004 MUA-101-100            Applied Vocal I     1 Credit                  To Be Arranged

Pep Band
The Iowa Lakes Pep Band is open to all full and part-time students who are interested in cheering on the Lakers with music. The opportunity to participate in this exciting and fun-filled organization is available to all students without auditions. Good music and great fun are what we are all about!

0016954 MUS-149-101            Pep Band          1 Credit        3:30-5:25 pm      MW

Other Opportunities
Other opportunities include solos and small groups that perform at the ever-popular Coffee House Nights at Iowa Lakes.  Students also may perform for a variety of community events, present singing valentines, and travel for music festivals.

MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS
Scholarships are available for students interested in a music major/minor and also for Students who participate in the music ensembles at Iowa Lakes. Over 90% of the students performing in our music groups received music scholarships in 2007-08. All of these ensembles travel on the annual Spring Tour.

Questions or comments? Please email us at info@iowalakes.edu or call 712-362-2604 or 800-521-5054.
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