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Auburn, Bellevue West, Grand Island CC, Hamburg and Norris High Schools Take Top Honors at 38th Annual Peru State Show Choir Festival


(Peru, Neb.) Five Nebraska high school show choirs were selected from among 26 groups from across the region as best in their respective classes following Peru State College’s (PSC) 38th Annual Show Choir Festival.

Winning groups include:
Class AA:        Bellevue West’s West Connection
                       Director: Janelle Reetz

Class A:          Norris High School’s Norris Gold
                       Director: Wes Hansmeyer

Class B:          Auburn High School’s Rhythm in Red
                       Director: Meghan Burgess

Class C:          Grand Island Central Catholic’s Crystal Blue
                       Director: Deb Scheel

Class D:          Hamburg (Iowa) High School Show Choir
                       Director: Teri Emberton

Choirs were judged by guest clinician and adjudicator Paul Gulsvig, an experienced choral director and show choir expert from Onalaska, Wis., who worked with each group individually.

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 new choreography and music in a clinic/competition environment. Year after year I continue to be impressed by the quality of Nebraska’s high school show choirs and the hundreds of students who give their all in the competition.” 

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