Letter to Directors
I am pleased to invite you and your choirs to the annual Iowa Lakes Jazz/Show Choir Festival. This year’s festival is set for Tuesday, January 28th and Wednesday, January 29th. This will help schools prepare for the State Swing Choir and Jazz Choir Festivals on February 3rd and February 10th. Your choir will have the opportunity to learn from an experienced clinician who will work with your choir for at least 20 minutes after their performance.
Space is limited (we only have approximately 20 time slots for show choirs, and 8 time slots for jazz choirs), so please make sure to get registered early! We have added a second site and clinician for the jazz choirs on Tuesday, so if you are registering a jazz choir, please register for that day. Show choirs can register for either day.
Part of the reason for the growth of the festival is because of the fabulous clinicians that have served at the festival. This year, Clay Blackman from Omaha will be serving as the Show Choir clinician, and Dr. Kurt Runestad from Doane College will be serving as the Jazz Choir clinician. Each performance and clinic session will be videotaped, and taped comments will be provided. Certificates will be awarded to students for Outstanding Soloists. All junior high and middle school show choirs are also welcome to participate in the festival.
The performance area will be a 30’x 50’ stage. Three levels of 4’ x 8’ platform risers will be available for you to use. Also, you may make use of the following provided equipment: P.A. with five microphones, bass amp, piano amp, ten musical stands, electric piano, and acoustic grand piano.
Please submit your entry on-line. To do so, go to the Iowa Lakes Community College website at www.iowalakes.edu. Click on “Quick Links” on the left side of the page, then on “Music”. You should now be at the Music Department Web page. In the left margin, click on “Show Choir Festival” and then click on the “Entry Form.” Fill out the form and hit submit. That’s it!
Please reply by December 10th. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Linda Kautz at (800) 242 5106 ext. 8345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brett J. Fuelberth
Director of Choral Activities
Iowa Lakes Community College