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38th Annual Show Choir Competition Set for Oct. 27-28 at Peru State College


(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) will host its 38th Annual Show Choir Festival on campus Tuesday, Oct. 27 through Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Performances are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday and 8 a.m. on Wednesday in the College Theatre. Twenty-six show choirs from Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas will participate. Awards will be presented for the best show choir in each class. All performances are free and open to the public.

Dr. Thomas Ediger, director of PSC Choral Activities and professor of music, said, “Every year this event brings high school musicians to the Peru State College campus to try out their new choreography and music in a clinic/competition environment. We are excited to welcome this year’s guest clinician and adjudicator Paul Gulsvig, an experienced choral director and show choir expert from Onalaska, Wisconsin, who will work with each group individually.”

PSC’s show choir the Misty Blues, under the direction of Dr. Ediger, will also perform at 1:30 p.m. both days. The group is accompanied by PSC students David Norris of Beatrice on piano, Tristan Bassinger of Julian on bass and Phillip Chinske of Tinley Park, Ill., on drums. Others in assistant roles include teacher/choreographer Joel Johnston of Omaha and light and sound technicians Jacob Acers of LaVista and Kenneth Edwards of Humboldt, both PSC students.

Participating groups are listed below according to performance time, along with their directors:

Tuesday, Oct. 27
9 a.m.              Wilber-Clatonia High School’s Emerald and Green, Class C
                        Director: Judith Vrbka

9:30 a.m.         Thomas Jefferson’s (Council Bluffs, Iowa) Jefferson Edition, Class AA
                        Director: Travis Walker

10 a.m.            Wahoo Middle School Show Choir, Class B
                        Director: Julie Baker – Anderson

10:30 a.m.       Wahoo Bishop Neumann’s Scarlet Knights, Class B
                        Director: Brian Botsford

11 a.m.            Bellevue West’s West Connection, Class AA
                        Director: Janelle Reetz

11:30 a.m.       Wahoo High School Show Choir, Class B
                        Director: Julie Baker-Anderson

1:30 p.m.         Peru State College’s Misty Blues Show Choir
                        Director: Dr. Thomas Ediger

2 p.m.              Nebraska City High School’s Expressions, Class A
                        Director: Stephanie Stanek

2:30 p.m.         Lincoln Southeast’s Countesses and Noblemen, Class AA
                        Director: C. Ann Moore

3:00 p.m.         Fairbury High School’s Crimson Elite, Class B
                        Director: Emily Radmacker

3:30 p.m.         Bellevue East’s Take II, Class AA
                        Director: Chris Latta


Wednesday, Oct. 28
8 a.m.              Norris High School’s 68th Street Singers, Class A
                        Director: Wes Hansmeyer

8:30 a.m.         Lincoln Pius’ Spectrum Singers, Class AA
                        Director: Mary Odgaard

9 a.m.              Beatrice High School’s Limited Edition, Class A
                        Director: Kelly Meyer

9:30 a.m.         Norris High School’s Norris Gold, Class A
                        Director: Wes Hansmeyer

10 a.m.            Pawnee City’s Showstoppers, Class D
                        Director: Kristi Robison

10:30 a.m.       Southern High School’s (Wymore, Neb.) Southern Harmony, Class C
                        Stephanie Mendyk

11 a.m.            York High School’s Dukes and Duchesses, Class A
                        Director: Jessica Wagner

11:30 a.m.       Sabetha (Kan.) High School’s Chantee, Class B       
                        Director: Vicki Angell

Noon               Springfield-Platteview High School’s Platteview Swing Choir, Class B
                        Director: Matt King

1:30 p.m.         Peru State College’s Misty Blues Show Choir
                        Director: Dr. Thomas Ediger

2 p.m.              Falls City High School’s Applederas Show Choir, Class B
                        Director: Alisha Sutton

2:30 p.m.         Ord High School’s 18th Street Singers, Class C
                        Director: Jerilyn Tonniges

3 p.m.              Sabetha (Kan.) High School’s Odyssey, Class B
                        Director: Vicki Angell

3:30 p.m.         Hamburg (Iowa) High School Show Choir, Class D
                        Director: Teri Emberton

4 p.m.              Grand Island Central Catholic’s Crystal Blue, Class C
                        Director: Deb Scheel

4:30 p.m.         Auburn High School’s Rhythm in Red, Class B
                        Director: Meghan Burgess

5 p.m.              Seaman (Topeka, Kan.) High School Show Choir, Class AA
                        Director: Andrew Huff

5:45                 Awards Presentation in the College Theatre

The Show Choir Festival is co-sponsored by PSC’s School of Arts and Sciences and the student Music Educators Chapter.

For additional information, contact Ediger at 402-872-2232 or