Heartland Honor Choir
Thursday, October 21, 2021
You are invited to the 7th Annual Heartland Honor Choir on Thursday, October 21 at Iowa Lakes Community College. It will be held in our brand-new 500-seat Performing Arts Center!
We have tried to create a unique musical experience for the smaller schools in Iowa. Each school can bring up to 32 students (for some, that means they can bring a majority of their choir). The practices occur all day with the performance in the evening at 6:00 pm. The only cost is the food for lunch and dinner which is $12 per student.
We are excited to announce that Dr. Kurt Runestad, Director of Choral Activities at Doane University has agreed to be our guest conductor this year!
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.
Any ideas on how to make this the best experience possible would be appreciated. Please let me know if you have any questions!
(Estherville, Iowa) Eight area high school choirs are joining forces to create music together at the Heartland Honor Choir which is hosted by Iowa Lakes Community College. Singers from Algona, Alta-Aurelia, Estherville Lincoln Central, Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire, Spirit Lake, Okoboji, Pocahontas, and South O’Brien will all be part of the mass choir of over 160 singers.
The Honor Choir takes place on Thursday, October 24th, and it will be capped off with a concert at 6:00 pm at the Estherville campus gymnasium of Iowa Lakes Community College. Tickets for the concert are $5 for adults, and students can attend for free. The Iowa Lakes Chamber Choir and Men’s Ensemble will also be featured at the concert.
The Honor Choir is being conducted by Dr. Ryan Person, Director of Choral Activities at Morningside College in Sioux City. Dr. Person directs the Morningside Choir, Singing Men of Morningside, and Master Chorale. In addition to choral ensemble leadership, he teaches courses in Choral Conducting and Choral Methods.
During his fifteen years as a choral conductor and educator, Person has been an active member of professional choral music organizations and has held numerous leadership positions. He frequently serves as a guest director, clinician, and presenter and was most recently honored to co-present a choral literature session with Richard Bjella at the 2017 National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“This is our 6th year for the Heartland Honor Choir, and it has been a great event to bring talented high school singers together. The singers work together all day to create an amazing choral sound and grow as musicians,” said Iowa Lakes Choir Director, Brett Fuelberth, “Please come on October 24th at 6:00 pm and support our annual honor choir event!”
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