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Auburn, Bellevue West, Norris, Pawnee City, Wilber- Clatonia High Schools Take Top Honors at 40th Annual Peru State Show Choir Festival


(Peru, Neb.) Five Nebraska high school show choirs were selected from among 24 groups from across the region as best in their respective classes following Peru State College’s (PSC) 40th Annual Show Choir Festival.


PSC Director of Choral Studies Dr. Thomas Ediger said, “The festival is a unique opportunity for high school show choirs to come to campus and get suggestions from a national expert. It’s an exciting event that brings more than 500 students to campus each year. We enjoy seeing such talented groups.”


Winning show choirs 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 Knipe


Class C

  • Wilber-Clatonia’s Emerald and Gold
    Director: Judith Vrbka


Class D

  • Pawnee City High School’s Showstoppers
    Director: Kristi Robison


Groups were judged by guest clinician and adjudicator Robert Jones from La Crosse, Wis., co-founder and choreographer of The Grand River Singers, one of the Midwest’s only all adult show choirs.


The Show Choir Festival is co-sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences and the PSC chapter of the student Music Educators National Conference. For additional information, contact Ediger at 402-872-2232 or