(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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