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Peru State’s 17th Annual High School Choral Festival Honor Choir and Misty Blues Show Choir to perform concert at 6:30 p.m. TOMORROW

The public is invited to attend the free event


(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College will host its 17th Annual High School Choral Festival Honor Choir for some of the region’s best vocalists tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Around 175 vocalists, who were selected by Peru State music faculty based on recommendations made by their high school music directors, will rehearse with Peru State student musicians before presenting a concert at 6:30 p.m. in the College Theatre, located at the south end of Hoyt Science Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Participating high schools and their directors include:

  • Auburn High School – Director Meghan Knipe
  • Bruning-Davenport – Director Brian Leisher
  • Conestoga - Director Dwight Rose
  • Doniphan West – Director Curtis Stroud
  • Doulgas County West – Director Kelly Everson
  • Fillmore Central – Director Ben Kaye-Skinner
  • High Plains Community – Director Quentin Zeller
  • Johnson-Brock – Director Dana Overfiled
  • Johnson County Central – Director Thomas Doran
  • McCool Junction – Director Heather Stahr
  • Palmyra – Director Beth McCreight
  • Rock Port, Mo. – Director Effie Oldham

Peru State’s own Misty Blues Show Choir, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Jacob Bartlett, will open the evening program with performances of O Sing! Rejoice! from The Choice of Hercules by Georgre Frideric Handel, Dies Irae from Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and arranged by P. Liebergen, and One Day More from Les Miserables by Claude-Michel Schonbert and arranged by Mark Brymer.

The Honor Choir will follow with a variety of musical selections arranged by Kirby Show, including Conga Rhythm by Gloria Estefan, Caribbean Blue by Enya and The Boy from New York City by Manhattan Transfer. Some of the other songs include Chattanooga Choo Choo by Harry Warren and arranged by Pete Schmutte, Kansas City by Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodger from the musical Oklahoma, and Dancing in the Street by Marvin Gaye and arranged by Mac Huff.

President Dan Hanson said, “Being selected to participate in this choir is a tremendous honor and a unique opportunity in that these young people will sing and interact with current students. We’re excited to have such a talented group of vocalists on campus.”

The Honor Choir is led by Music Professor and Director of Choral Activities Dr. Thomas Ediger. David Norris of Peru, Neb., will serve as pianist.