Heartland Honor Choir performance

(Estherville, Iowa) The Iowa Lakes Community College Music Department proudly presents the 9th Annual Heartland Honor Choir on Thursday, October 26, 2023, at the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center on the Estherville Campus. The concert, scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m., will showcase the musical talents of approximately 160 local singers across the region.

The Heartland Honor Choir concert will include high school choirs from East Sac County, Estherville-Lincoln Central, Graettinger-Terril Ruthven-Ayrshire (GTRA), LeMars, Newell-Fonda, North Union, Okoboji, Pocahontas, and South O’Brien combined with the Iowa Lakes Concert Choir offering an evening of harmonious choral performances. The combined efforts of these vocalists promise to deliver a mesmerizing musical experience.

“The Heartland Honor Choir brings together singers from all around the region, united by their love for choral music, who work together all day under the direction of a distinguished director to prepare for the concert. This collaboration results in a beautiful choral sound that I urge everyone to come and experience,” shared Brett Fuelberth, Iowa Lakes Vocal Music and Choir Professor.

Dr. Matthew Armstrong, the distinguished Director of Choirs at Wayne State College, will direct the concert. Dr. Armstrong conducts the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Fortis Tenor/Bass Choir, and Lyrica Treble Choir at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. Additionally, he teaches conducting, choral literature, and music education courses. Before working at Wayne State, Dr. Armstrong taught in Iowa public schools for 15 years.

With a rich background in choral conducting and a passion for music education, Dr. Armstrong’s choirs have been honored at regional and national American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conferences and Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA) conventions. Dr. Armstrong embarked on a commendable academic journey, earning a Bachelor of Music Education from Wartburg College, a Master of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music–Chicago, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Dr. Armstrong also creates musical compositions and arrangements, which are available from EC Schirmer, Santa Barbara, and MusicSpoke.

Those interested in attending the concert can purchase tickets at the door for a nominal fee of $5.

For more information or inquiries about the event, please contact the Iowa Lakes Music Department at 712.362.8345 or click here to email