Iowa Lakes Jazz & Show Choir Festival

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.

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Festival Details

Performances will take place in our brand new Performing Arts Center!

When your choir arrives, they should enter the main building on the west side through the college’s main entrance (Entrance #1). Iowa Lakes’ students will be there to greet you and take you to your homeroom. Because schools share the homerooms, students will need to take responsibility for their valuables. Do be patient as we are holding classes…therefore we do not have unlimited space, and it is important to be quiet as well. 

After unloading, buses may park on 18th Street or in the parking lot east of campus. Please encourage students to check out our Student Center/Cafeteria where they can eat lunch, get snack food and relax.

Show choirs will warm-up in room 60, which is a 45’ x 40’ area with mirrors, and jazz choirs will warm-up in room 74. When it is your performance time, guides will take you to the performance area. You will have forty minutes to set-up, perform, and receive comments. During your free time, you are invited to watch the other choirs perform.

The performance area for show choirs will be a 30’ x 50’ stage. Four levels of 4’ x 8’ platform risers will be available for you to use. Also, you may make use of the following provided equipment: sound system with 7 wireless microphones, 10 music stands, and an acoustic grand piano. Jazz Choirs can make use of the following equipment: P.A. with up to 20 microphones, 10 music stands, and an acoustic baby grand piano. Jazz Choirs may bring their own sound equipment and technician.

Again, we are pleased to have Dr. Kurt Runestad from Doane College as our jazz choir clinician, and Clay Blackman from Omaha as our show choir clinician. Performances will be web-cast (and can be viewed online anytime), and the judges will provide audio comments.

opens in a new windowPlease fill out the selection/soloist form online at: This form needs to be submitted by January 15th. Also, please bring a set of your music for the clinician.
I look forward to talking with you and watching your choirs perform at the festival.  If you have any questions or if there is anything I can do for you, please call/text my cell number: 712-330-1145.

Performance Times


Tuesday, January 26, 2021

School Warm-up (room 60) Performance (gym)
Emmetsburg - Evolution 8:35 a.m. 9:20 a.m.
Graettinger-Terril MS 9:20 a.m. 10:05 a.m.
Spirit Lake – Sonic Boom 10:05 a.m. 10:50 a.m.
OPEN 10:05 a.m. 11:35 a.m.
Spirit Lake Music Factory 12:05 p.m. 12:50 p.m.
Sibley-Ocheyedan Show Choir 12:50 p.m. 1:35 p.m.
North Union MS–Sound In Motion 1:35 p.m. 2:20 p.m.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

School Warm-up (room 60) Performance (gym)
Pocahontas Showstoppers 8:30 a.m. 9:10 a.m.
Emmetsburg - Black and Gold 9:10 a.m. 9:55 a.m.
Ruthven-Ayrshire MS 9:55 a.m. 10:40 a.m.
Woodbine - Visual Harmonics 11:15 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
North Union HS - Kinetic Fusion 12:00 p.m. 12:45 p.m.
Emmetsburg - High Voltage 12:45 p.m. 1:30 p.m.


Tuesday, January 26, 2021

School Warm-up (room 74) Performance (Auditorium)
Estherville Lincoln Central Jazz 7:00 a.m. 7:40 a.m.
Spirit Lake Vocal Jazz Ensemble 7:40 a.m. 8:20 a.m.
Okoboji – Boji Voices 8:20 a.m. 9:00 a.m.
Sibley-Ocheyedan–Night Sounds 9:00 a.m. 9:40 a.m.
Alta-Aurelia - Audacity 9:40 a.m. 10:20 a.m.
Spencer – Pieces of Jazz 10:20 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
Algona Bishop Garrigan 11:00 a.m. 11:40 a.m.
South O'Brien - Melomania 11:55 a.m. 12:35 p.m.
Harris-Lake Park Vocal Jazz 12:35 p.m. 1:15 p.m.
Sheldon - Vocal Fusion 1:15 p.m. 1:55 p.m.
Spencer – Chromatic Jazz 1:55 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Cherokee - Washington High Jazz 2:35 p.m. 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

School Warm-up (room 74) Performance (Auditorium)
GTRA Jazz Choir 8:40 a.m. 9:20 a.m.
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Jazz 9:20 a.m. 10:00 a.m.
West Lyon Jazz Choir 10:00 a.m. 10:40 a.m.
Emmetsburg – E-Harmony 10:40 a.m. 11:20 a.m.

Selection Form

Please provide your musical selections to Iowa Lakes Community College to be used during the festival.

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Brett Fuelberth
Professor, Vocal Music/Choir
712-362-7963 Ext: 7963
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