homepage logo

Show Choirs Begin Season With Choreography Camp

By Staff | Aug 25, 2016

WORKING?HARD - Members of the Emmetsburg Junior Varsity Show Choir, Black and Gold, watch choreographer Laura Fog Grimm as she demonstrates steps and movements for the girls during Show Choir Camp last week in Emmetsburg. Both the Varsity Show Choir and JV Show Choir members spent two days learning their shows for the 2016-2017 school year during the camp sessions last Wednesday and Thursday. -- Dan Voigt photo

It’s a given in the summer that kids have the opportunity to go to camps. There’s church camp, 4-H camps, Scout camps, volleyball camps, basketball camps, football camps and even music camps. For student musicians in the Emmetsburg High School, their summers also included a two-day Choreography Camp late last week.

The choreography camp is just what it sounds like members of both of the high school show choirs, the High Voltage varsity group and Black and Gold junior varsity group, gathered last Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day to learn the choreography, or dance moves, for their 2016-17 performances. Members of Black and Gold gathered in the high school vocal music room to learn their routines from former Emmetsburg alumni Laura Fog Grimm, who teaches in the Johnston Community School District. High Voltage members gathered in the auditorium to work with Ben Eklund of Lincoln, NE, who works with several high schools and colleges in the Midwest, and choreographed High Voltage’s 2015-16 show.

“We had a great turnout both days,” noted Mr. Luke Miller, Director of Vocal Music at Emmetsburg high School. “The kids in both groups have worked so hard to learn a lot in two days! High Voltage learned their opener and closer, and Black and Gold learned all of their choreography! I’m very proud of all of them, and looking forward to a great year!”

Miller, who is the director of both High Voltage and Black and Gold, is assisted by Mrs. Laura Gustafson and Mr. Tyler Johnson.

The Show Choir competitive season will open Jan. 14 when High Voltage travels to Gretna, NE, a new competition for the group. The following Saturday, High Voltage will compete at Dallas Center. The Black and Gold Show Choir will open their season on Wednesday, Jan. 25 with an appearance at the Iowa Lakes Community College Show Choir Clinic.

Emmetsburg High School will once again host the Iowa High School Music Associations State Show Choir Contest on Monday, Jan. 30, with both High Voltage and Black and Gold participating in the contest. Feb. 18, the two groups will travel to Pella to compete in the Dutch Masters Show Choir Classic before returning home to host the Emmetsburg Show Choir Extravaganza on Friday and Saturday, March 3-4. Early indications call for a total of 44 performing groups to participate in the event, including vocal jazz choirs. With more and more Middle School Show Choirs wishing to participate, Friday night, March 3, will be devoted to Middle School group competitions.

The Emmetsburg Middle School Show Choir, Evolution, will also perform in the event. On Saturday, two performance centers will host musical entertainment all day, with Vocal Jazz performances in the Auditorium and Show Choirs performing in the High School gym, with finals Saturday night. The EHS Vocal Jazz Experiment, along with High Voltage and Black and Gold, will all perform during the Extravaganza as well.

On Saturday, March 11, the competition season will wrap up with all three groups traveling to Westwood High School in Sloan for the Westwood Show Choir Competition.

The annual Vocal Pops Concert will move to a two-night event, Thursday and Friday, March 16-17 to close out the performing season for both groups.