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Local high school students to perform at Iowa Lakes Show/Jazz Choir Festival

January 12, 2018

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 23-24, 27 show choirs and jazz choirs from area high schools and middle schools will come to Iowa Lakes Community College for the annual Iowa Lakes Show/Jazz Choir Festival.

The choirs will perform for three clinicians — Clay Blackman of Omaha, Nebraska, is returning again this year to work An instructor gives a Spirit Lake show choir on-stage feedback during the 2017 Iowa Lakes Show/Jazz Choir Festival.with the show choirs, and Dr. Kurt Runestad, of Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, and Duane Ites, retired Spirit Lake Choir Director, will work with the jazz choirs.  

The clinicians give the groups on-stage feedback to help them prepare for all of the performances that high school show and jazz choirs have throughout the spring.  

The public is free to arrive any time during the day to watch the groups perform. There is no cost to attend. Show choirs will perform in the gymnasium and jazz choirs will be performing in the auditorium on the Estherville campus.  

Performance schedules are listed below.  

For more information please contact Brett Fuelberth, vocal music professor, at 712-330-1145 or, or Tim Soper, music program assistant, at or 712-362-8345, or visit  

Show Choirs 
Tuesday, Jan. 23, in the Gymnasium

Graettinger-Terril MS– Great Expectations           8:35 a.m.
Algona Bishop Garrigan                                       9:20 a.m.
Spirit Lake – Sonic Boom                                     10:05 a.m.       
Sheldon Show Choir                                             10:50 a.m.
Emmetsburg – Black and Gold                             11:35 a.m.
Spirit Lake Music Factory                                    12:50 p.m.
Sibley-Ocheyedan Show Choir                             1:35 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 24, in the Gymnasium
Ruthven Ayrshire MS                                           9:45 a.m. 
North Union MS – Sound in Motion                    10:30 a.m.
Pocahontas Showstoppers                                     11:15 a.m.
Webster City–Music ‘n’ Motion                            12:25 p.m.
North Union HS – Kinetic Fusion                        1:10 p.m.

Jazz Choirs 
Tuesday, Jan. 23, in the Auditorium

Okoboji – Boji Voices                                          7:40 a.m.                                 
Spirit Lake Vocal Jazz Ensemble                          8:20 a.m.
Sheldon Jazz Choir                                               9:00 a.m.
Harris Lake Park Vocal Jazz                                 9:40 a.m.
Algona Vocal Jazz                                                10:20 a.m.
Spencer – Pieces of Jazz                                       11:00 a.m.
Sibley-Ocheyedan - Night Sounds                        11:40 a.m.
South O’Brien                                                       12:35 p.m.
Algona – inTunE                                                  1:15 p.m.
Spencer-Chromatic Jazz                                        2:35 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 24, in the Auditorium                               
Estherville Lincoln Central Jazz                           8:40 a.m.
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Jazz                                9:20 a.m.
Alta-Aurelia - Audacity                                         10:00 a.m.
GTRA Jazz Choir                                                 10:40 a.m.

A jazz choir from Spencer performs during the 2017 Iowa Lakes Show/Jazz Choir Festival.

A jazz choir from Spencer performs during the 2017 Iowa Lakes Show/Jazz Choir Festival.

For More Information:

Iowa Lakes marketing office at 712-362-7944

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