EHS Show Choir “Extravaganza” Set For Saturday
For the 22 nd consecutive year, the Emmetsburg High School Show Choir Extravaganza will take to the stages this Saturday, March 5. A total of 39 high school and middle school show choirs, along with vocal jazz choirs from Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota will perform all day long, with the first groups taking the stage at 8 a.m. to be highlighted by the finals competitions for the show choirs, starting at 7 p.m.
Prior to hosting this weekend’s Extravaganza, Emmetsburg’s two show choirs have been busy competing this winter, most recently this past Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Border Bash in Mason City.
Hosted by North Iowa Area Community College, the Emmetsburg Junior Varsity Show Choir, Black and Gold, earned a second place finish in the Class 2A division while the varsity show choir, High Voltage, finished first in the Class 2A competition and qualified for the evening finals, where they finished fifth against a field of choirs that included Waconia, MN and Urbandale.
Highlighting the day for Emmetsburg at Mason City was the selection of senior Emily Schmidt as the Outstanding Female Soloist of the competition, her second such award in as many weeks.
The two groups also competed in the Dutch Masters Invitational at Pella on Saturday, Feb. 20. For Black and Gold, the outing at Pella earned the group a fourth place finish in a very competitive Prep class. Black and Gold member Natalie Kliegl was also named Star Performer of the group by the judging panel.
For High Voltage, their afternoon performance earned them a second place finish in Class 2A competition, but also earned the group Caption Awards for Best Choreography and Best Band, in the class. High Voltage member Shinaz Kendi was selected as the Star Performer for the group, and senior Emily Schmidt was named the Best Female Soloist of the competition.
The finish qualified High Voltage for a berth in the evening finals competition. With a few tweaks to their program and a renewed focus on improving their performance from the afternoon, High Voltage performed third in the finals and would end up as the First Runner Up, their highest finals placing of the season.
Along with the Show Choirs, Emmetsburg’s Vocal Jazz Experiment has participated in State Vocal Jazz Contest, earning a Division One rating on Feb. 17, and on Feb. 22, traveled to Sioux City to compete in the Lewis and Clark Vocal Jazz Competition at Western Iowa Tech, where they finished in First Place, and then made the quick trip over to Morningside College for the Morningside Vocal Jazz Clinic, where they were awarded the Top Gold Award for the day.
The Emmetsburg Middle School Show Choir, Evolution, will travel to Sloan on Saturday, March 12, to compete in the Middle School Division at the Westwood Show Choir Competition to close out their competition season.
This Saturday, performance centers will be located in the high school auditorium for Vocal Jazz choirs and Class 1A and 2A Show Choirs, while Class Middle School, Prep and Class 3A and 4A Show Choirs will compete in the high school gymnasium. All awards for Vocal Jazz, Middle School Show Choir and daytime Show Choir participants, along with the announcement of the Finals qualifiers at 6:00 p.m. in the gym.
The six show choirs that received the top scores during the day in the gym will compete for the overall championship along with the top Class 1A-2A group in the evening finals concert. The Finals feature the best of the best and provide the audience with an incredibly high-energy and entertaining event. The finals begin at 7:00 p.m. and conclude at 10:25 p.m. with a performance by the Emmetsburg’s varsity show choir, High Voltage. Following High Voltage’s performance, the overall awards are announced and trophies presented to cap off the event.
The Emmetsburg “Extravaganza” will host four Class 4A show choirs: Des Moines Lincoln, North St. Paul, MN; Bloomington Kennedy, MN and Lincoln East NE, along with Class 3A show choirs from Spirit Lake, Forest City, Carroll, LeMars, Atlantic and Waseca, MN. Competing in Class 1A and 2A are show choirs from North Union, Pocahontas Area, Boyden-Hull, Belmond-Klemme, Manson Northwest Webster, Fort Dodge St. Edmond, Sheldon and Sumner-Fredricksburg. Prep groups from Atlantic, Lincoln NE, Bloomington Kennedy, MN and Des Moines Lincoln will compete along with Middle School show choirs from Graettinger-Terril, Spirit Lake, Forest City, North Union and the Emmetsburg Middle School Show Choir, “Evolution.”
Along with the show choirs will be Vocal Jazz groups in Class 1A-2A from Central Lyon, Sheldon, Rock Valley, Alta-Aurelia and the Emmetsburg Vocal Jazz Experiment, along with a prep group from Spencer. Competing in Class 3A-4A will be Vocal Jazz groups from Storm Lake, Greene County, Des Moines Lincoln, Algona, Spencer and Spirit Lake.
All told, these groups will bring in excess of 1,500 performers to the performance stages in the high school gym and auditorium during the day.
As the groups arrive throughout the day, Emmetsburg vocal music student hosts greet and escort the groups to a homeroom decorated and supervised by the student hosts. In addition to serving as student hosts, EHS students also serve as judge hosts and tabulating scores, checking hand stamps at the door and working in the concessions stand.
The Emmetsburg Vocal Music Booster parents group organize the food service for the task of providing food for the visiting show choir members, as well as parents and spectators.
A one time admission fee will be charged which allows access to the performances at any time during the day along with the evening finals competition. Food is provided at the student center all day long, with an evening pasta dinner, which will begin serving at 4:00 p.m.
The public is invited to stop by the Emmetsburg High School gym and auditorium this Saturday to not only support the EHS vocal musicians, but also to catch the excitement and musical energy of some of the finest show choirs in the tri-state region.