Camps, Contests & Festivals

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Each year, the Iowa Lakes Music Department hosts a variety of camps, contests, and festivals. Whether you sing or play an instrument, are in jazz band or choir, we have so much to offer!

Check out the Camps, Contests & Festivals offered at Iowa Lakes below:

Heartland Honor Choir

Iowa Lakes Community College hosts the Heartland Honor Choir each fall. The Heartland Honor Choir was created to provide a unique musical experience to students in Northwest Iowa, especially for smaller schools.

Each school can bring up to 32 students (for some, that means they can bring a majority of their choir, which is great).

The Heartland Honor Choir is a one day event,  with practice taking place throughout the day and the performance in the evening at 6:00 pm.

Although there is no cost for the honor choir, the food for the day costs $12 ($5 for lunch / $7 for dinner) per student.

We plan for it to be a day full of music education, where the students can learn not only music that they can perform at each individual school, but that the students will grow in their musical ability, knowledge and love for vocal music throughout the day.  

Register Today! 

Please note: If you don’t know the students’ names yet participating in the Heartland Honor Choir, that is fine. You can just register your school.

Brett Fuelberth
Vocal Music Professor
Iowa Lakes Community College
bfuelberth@iowalakes.educreate new email

Jazz Band Contest

Each year, the music department hosts a Jazz Band Contest for area high schools. Hundreds of high school students will participate during the days of performances and will also receive feedback from experienced judges.

High School jazz bands compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Schools are from 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A.

Register Today!

If you have any questions, please email cayres@iowalakes.educreate new email.

Cost: $145

Please send payment to:
Iowa Lakes Community College
Music Department
300 S 18th St.
Estherville, IA 51334

Iowa Lakes Reggie Schive Summer Jazz Camp
Iowa Lakes Jazz Festival

Each fall, the music department holds the Jazz Festival. This event provides an opportunity for music education as well as a chance to hear from remarkable guest artists.

We hold a variety of workshops and clinics that are loved and appreciated by middle school and high school students. 

Workshops include a jazz improvisation class and instrumental clinics for percussionists and bass guitarists. High school bands will be critiqued in a clinic setting by the guest artists.

The jazz festival is concluded with a  performance by the guest Jazz artists and the Iowa Lakes Community College Jazz Band and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Register Today!


JANUARY 26 & 27, 2021

In January each year, the music department hosts a Show/Jazz Choir Festival for area high schools and middle schools. This is an educational festival in which area show and jazz choirs perform and receive feedback from experienced clinicians in preparation for the show/jazz choir season.

Learn more about the Iowa Lakes Show & Jazz Choir Festival 


Carol Ayres
Carol Ayres
Professor, Instrumental Music/Jazz Band
712-362-7962 Ext: 7962 | cayres@iowalakes.educreate new email
Estherville Campus
Brett Fuelberth
Brett Fuelberth
Professor, Vocal Music/Choir
712-362-7963 Ext: 7963 | bfuelberth@iowalakes.educreate new email
Estherville Campus