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Music Program at Iowa Lakes Helps Attract Students

January 21, 2014

The Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College met Tuesday afternoon in Estherville and reviewed a wide variety of topics at their meeting – including the value of music programs at the college.

By providing music opportunities at Iowa Lakes, students who wish to major in music can get their start at Iowa Lakes and then transfer to a four-year college. In addition, those who have a different major - yet wish to continue to participate in music - have options.

Curriculum includes general education coursework such as Music Appreciation, Jazz History, History of American Music as well as upper level coursework like Music Theory 3 and 4, according to Professors Carol Ayres and Brett Fuelberth.

The music department provides opportunities to high school and middle school students through their contests and festivals. This week and next, approximately 1,200 area high school students will be on the Estherville campus to participate in Jazz Band contests and the Show Choir Festival.  Both events are free and open to the public.

Iowa Lakes students may participate in numerous small vocal and instrumental ensembles, including handbells. And, the music programs are involved in area communities in everything from holiday and veterans concerts to coffeehouses and singing valentines.

The music staff also took this opportunity to announce this spring’s musical:  Les Miserables. It will be performed April 3, 4 & 5 and involves more than 100 people from the college and 14 communities in the cast, orchestra and stage crew.

Students involved in music at Iowa Lakes also spoke to the Trustees.

Following their presentation, Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management, updated the Trustees on remodeling at the Sustainable Energy Resources & Technologies (SERT) building. The latest upgrade is to the Heating, Ventilations and Air Conditioning (HVAC) section of the building which will add appropriate gas, electrical, drainage and water access to the labs. The Trustees voted in favor of proceeding.

And, she reviewed three pieces of college property (in Emmetsburg, Estherville and Algona) which the college is proposing to sell. Sealed bids are to be returned by noon on March 11.

Other items of business involved Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Business and Community Relations. She shared that Manitowoc Ice is donating two new pieces of equipment to the HVAC program. The trustees officially accepted the ice machines.

In addition, Rogers told the Trustees that education pathways in the areas of Ag, Allied Health, Business, Energy and Manufacturing will be drafted by faculty to assist with skilling up the local workforce.

Also during the meeting, the Trustees set the date of Feb. 18 for a public hearing on the published budget for the 2015 Fiscal Year.

In other business, the Trustees heard reports from fellow members on committees and councils; as well as other routine reports from staff.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Estherville.

Professor Carol Ayres and Professor Brett Fuelberth shared the news about this spring’s musical, Les Miserables.
Professor Carol Ayres and Professor Brett Fuelberth shared the news about this spring’s musical, Les Miserables.

Shawn Harmon is from Lake Park.  He is a Music Ministry major with plans to transfer to Northwestern.  He is involved in Concert Choir, Men’s Ensemble and this spring’s musical. Shawn Harmon is from Lake Park.  He is a Music Ministry major with plans to transfer to Northwestern.  He is involved in Concert Choir, Men’s Ensemble and this spring’s musical.

Nick Steinle is an Environmental Studies major from Spirit Lake who will be transferring to SDSU.  He performs in Choir, Men’s Ensemble, Jazz Singers and also plays tuba in the Pep Band as well as Handbells.  He has been cast as Enjolras in the spring musical.Nick Steinle is an Environmental Studies major from Spirit Lake who will be transferring to SDSU.  He performs in Choir, Men’s Ensemble, Jazz Singers and also plays tuba in the Pep Band as well as Handbells.  He has been cast as Enjolras in the spring musical.

Connor Obermeier is from Spencer.  He is a Music major and participates in Jazz Band, Pep Band, Concert Choir, Jazz Singers and Men’s Ensemble.Connor Obermeier is from Spencer.  He is a Music major and participates in Jazz Band, Pep Band, Concert Choir, Jazz Singers and Men’s Ensemble.

Megan Dvorak is a graduate of the Laurens Marathon High School   She is a Photography/Journalism major who performs in the Jazz Band, Pep Band, Handbells and Recorder Ensemble.Megan Dvorak is a graduate of the Laurens Marathon High School   She is a Photography/Journalism major who performs in the Jazz Band, Pep Band, Handbells and Recorder Ensemble.

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