First Live Music Performances Offered at Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center


(Estherville, Iowa) The Iowa Lakes Community College Music Department announces the first two live performances held in the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts center featuring Iowa Lakes students and community members.

“Our students are so excited to finally have a performance in the new facility with people watching. We can’t wait for the public to attend in person!” exclaimed Carol Ayres, the Iowa Lakes Instrumental Music/Jazz Band Professor.

The Spring Handbell & Jazz Band Concert will be held on May 2 at 5:00 pm and will feature the Iowa Lakes Handbell Choir and the Iowa Lakes Jazz Band directed by Carol Ayres. The Jazz Band will be performing favorites, including “Skyfall,” “El Abrazo,” and “South Street Shuffle.” Niomie Egsdahl, an Iowa Lakes music student from Spencer, will sing with the Jazz Band.

The Iowa Lakes Handbell Choir, an ensemble that performs on a seven-octave range, from G2 to G8, of Schulmerich handbells, will also perform on May 2.  A seven-octave set of hand chimes will supplement the handbells. The performance will include popular songs and classical favorites, including “Amazing Grace,” “America the Beautiful,” “Fanfare,” and many others.

On Monday, May 3, at 7:00 pm, the Spring Choir Performance will feature all four Iowa Lakes Vocal Ensemble, the Concert Choir, Jazz Singers, Men’s Ensemble, Women’s Ensemble, directed by Brett Fuelbeth, Iowa Lakes Vocal Music/Choir Professor. Selections to be performed at the concert include “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” “My Girl,” “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Stand By Me,” and “Shut Up and Dance.” The Concert Choir will be doing a few different African Folksongs that feature percussion and dancing!  Over half of the singers will feature as soloists throughout the choir concert.

“The students have worked so hard and have been so resilient this year.  We are so happy to give them the experience to perform for a live audience and showcase their hard work!” shared Fuelberth.

Masks are mandatory for both performances, and attendees must follow all COVID-19 protocols in place by Iowa Lakes, including social distancing.

Both concerts are open to the general public by obtaining a free ticket from Leticia Paulsen at lpaulsen@iowalakes.educreate new email or 712-362-7902. Limited seating is available.

For more information on the May 2 Spring Handbell & Jazz Band Concert Concert, please contact Carol Ayres at 712.362.7962 or cayres@iowalakes.educreate new email. For more information on the May 3 Spring Choir Performance, please contact Brett Fuelberth at 712.362.7963 or bfuelberth@iowalakes.educreate new email.

The Iowa Lakes Handbell Choir performs for first in-person event at Janice K. Lund Performing Arts center on May 2