(Emmetsburg, Iowa) Four individuals who have made a significant impact on the Iowa Lakes Music Department were announced today as the 2019 Class of The Iowa Lakes Music Hall of Fame.
These individuals, whose contributions range from musical set and costume design to music performance to the support of presence and time, will be celebrated as the first Class of Inductees during the Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. In partnership with the Alumni and Friends Association, the Iowa Lakes Music Department will honor these Inductees on April 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the SERT Building on the Estherville Campus with a celebratory dinner, induction ceremony, and musical presentation by Mark Lair.
“I am honored to be inducted into the Iowa Lakes Music Hall of Fame,” said 2019 Inductee Mark Lair, Iowa Lakes’ alumnus, and jazz vocal performer. “I am happy to be performing again with the jazz band and with my former band director, Carol Ayres Stueven. I hope you will all attend and enjoy the show!
THE CLASS OF 2019
Jeannene Larson – Impact: (Virtuoso)
- The Impact (Virtuoso) Award is for the nominee who has made an extraordinary impact on the development or growth of Iowa Lakes Community College music.
- Jeannene Larson had the leading role as Queen Aggravain in “Once Upon a Mattress” and the Fairy Godmother in “Cinderella”. Jeannene has made an extraordinary impact on the development and growth of Iowa Lakes Community College music through her set painting, costume design, and her outstanding level of performance. She is always an encouragement to Iowa Lakes’ students with her patient and gentle way and her sense of humor and joy. We are thrilled to welcome Jeannene Larson to our Music Hall of Fame!
Mark Lair – Influence: (Cadenza)
- The Influence (Cadenza) Award is for the nominee who has significantly influenced the work of musicians, music lovers and the society at large.
- Mark served as the lead actor in the most recent Iowa Lakes musical, “The 1940’s Radio Hour.” Mark has always loved jazz music and has worked with Iowa Lakes jazz groups, encouraging students and donating his vocal talents and time to the community. As an alumni, we welcome Mark back to his alma mater!
Lynn Peterson – Innovation: (Sforzando)
- The Innovation (Sforzando) Award is for the nominee who has broken new ground with originality or creativity, has established new standards, and/or has broken through boundaries to propel Iowa Lakes Community College music.
- Lynn Peterson has been a source of significant innovation for the Iowa Lakes Music Department, bringing her artistic skills as a costume designer, tailor, and organizer to improve the overall appearance of many Iowa Lakes events. She has worked tirelessly organizing our costume shop, increasing the standards of costuming to a new level and bringing a collegiate/semiprofessional level to our performances. Lynn gave expert insights and suggestions for the costume area in the new performing arts facility. She has spent many hours repairing and creating costumes for the madrigal, musicals, and department tuxedos. We are so pleased to include Lynn in our first ever Music Hall of Fame!
Marian Brunsvold – Commitment: (Coda)
- The Commitment (Coda) Award is for the nominee who has committed an endless amount of time and energy to Iowa Lakes Community College music.
- Marian Brunsvold, also known as “Grandma Marian”, has demonstrated a considerable commitment to the Iowa Lakes Music Department for many years. She supplied countless baked goods and snacks for rehearsals, trips, coffeehouse concerts, recitals and more. In addition, she has been involved in numerous musicals, undertaking tasks from singing to helping with set painting to supervising children. She also has donated props to madrigals and musicals and rarely missed an Iowa Lakes music performance. We are grateful to Marian for the significant contributions she has made to the Iowa Lakes Music Department, and we welcome her to the Iowa Lakes Music Hall of Fame!
The Class of 2019 will be honored with a celebratory dinner, induction ceremony and music performance starring Mark Lair in the SERT Building on Estherville’s Campus. Dr. Rick Erbes will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
“The Iowa Lakes Music Hall of Fame honors the alumni and friends who have gone above and beyond to promote and assist the Iowa Lakes Music Department,” said Carol Ayres Stueven, Professor of Instrumental Music. “All these nominees are superheroes to us in the Iowa Lakes Music Department! We are so grateful for their time, talent and commitment to Iowa Lakes!”
About the Iowa Lakes Music Hall of Fame
The Iowa Lakes Music Hall of Fame recognizes a select group of music luminaries, visionaries, leaders, and entities that have made significant contributions to the growth and advancement of our music department.
Nominations for these awards are based on the following criteria: 1) Impact: The nominee has made an extraordinary impact on the development or growth of Iowa Lakes Community College music. 2) Influence: The nominee has significantly influenced the work of musicians, music lovers and/or the society at large. 3) Innovation: The nominee has broken new ground with originality or creativity, has established new standards, and/or has broken through boundaries to propel Iowa Lakes Community College music. 4) Commitment: The nominee has committed an endless amount of time and energy to Iowa Lakes Community College music.
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