ILCC to host Show/Jazz Choir Festival

ESTHERVILLE — On Jan. 23-24, 27 show choirs and jazz choirs from area high schools and middle schools will come to Iowa Lakes Community College for the annual Iowa Lakes Show/Jazz Choir Festival.

The choirs will perform for three clinicians. Clay Blackman of Omaha, Nebraska, is returning again this year to work with the show choirs, and Dr. Kurt Runestad, of Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, and Duane Ites, retired Spirit Lake Choir Director, will work with the jazz choirs.

The clinicians give the groups on-stage feedback to help them prepare for all of the performances that high school show and jazz choirs have throughout the spring.

The public is free to arrive any time during the day to watch the groups perform. There is no cost to attend. Show choirs will perform in the gymnasium, and jazz choirs will be performing in the auditorium on the Estherville campus.

Performance schedules are listed below. For more information please contact Brett Fuelberth, vocal music professor, at (712) 330-1145 or, or Tim Soper, music program assistant, at or (712) 362-8345, or visit

Show Choirs

Jan. 23, in the Gymnasium

Graettinger-Terril M.S. — Great Expectations: 8:35 a.m.; Algona Bishop Garrigan: 9:20 a.m.; Spirit Lake — Sonic Boom: 10:05 a.m.; Sheldon Show Choir: 10:50 a.m.; Emmetsburg — Black and Gold: 11:35 a.m.; Spirit Lake Music Factory: 12:50 p.m.; Sibley-Ocheyedan Show Choir: 1:35 p.m.

Jan. 24, in the Gymnasium

Ruthven Ayrshire Middle School: 9:45 a.m.; North Union M.S. — Sound in Motion: 10:30 a.m.; Pocahontas Showstoppers: 11:15 a.m.; Webster City — Music ‘n’ Motion: 12:25 p.m.; North Union H.S. — Kinetic Fusion: 1:10 p.m.

Jazz Choirs

Jan. 23, in the Auditorium

Okoboji — Boji Voices: 7:40 a.m.; Spirit Lake Vocal Jazz Ensemble: 8:20 a.m.; Sheldon Jazz Choir: 9 a.m.; Harris Lake Park Vocal Jazz: 9:40 a.m.; Algona Vocal Jazz: 10:20 a.m.; Spencer — Pieces of Jazz: 11 a.m.; Sibley-Ocheyedan — Night Sounds: 11:40 a.m.; South O’Brien: 12:35 p.m.; Algona — inTunE: 1:15 p.m.; Spencer-Chromatic Jazz: 2:35 p.m.

Jan. 24, in the Auditorium

Estherville Lincoln Central Jazz: 8:40 a.m.; Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Jazz: 9:20 a.m.; Alta-Aurelia — Audacity: 10 a.m.; GTRA Jazz Choir: 10:40 a.m.