Spencer vocalists participate in ILCC festival

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Sara Studer and Anna Glover sing as part of the Spencer High School Pieces of Jazz group during a special clinic at Iowa Lakes Community College Tuesday morning.
Dr. Jane Andrews, with the Wartburg College music department, visits with members of the Pieces of Jazz performing group from Spencer High School, offering suggestions on ways to enhance their performance of "Aint Misbehavin.'" The SHS group participated in the Iowa Lakes Community College festival Tuesday. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)

Members of the Spencer High School Chromatic Jazz and Pieces of Jazz groups participated, along with several other area choral programs, in an educational clinic at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville on Tuesday.

The Pieces of Jazz group performed "Ain't Misbehavin,'" "Time After Time" and the James Bond Theme during a morning session. The school's Chromatic Jazz ensemble performed "Sir Duke," "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" and "Heartbreaker" in the afternoon.

"They do not get scored for this event. It is an educational clinic," SHS choir director Katie Kardell said. "Both Chromatic Jazz and Pieces of Jazz had a great day working with clinician Dr. Jane Andrews from Wartburg College. She worked on jazz specific-diction, vowel unification, and dynamic contrast with Pieces of Jazz."

Kardell said Andrews also worked on making the Chromatic Jazz ballad more story-like while also complimenting them on their vocal blend and pitch accuracy.

Pieces of Jazz is under the direction of Christina Pierce, and Kardell directs Chromatic Jazz.

Both groups will perform next at the Iowa High School Music Association's State Contest on Feb. 4 at the Spirit Lake High School Sami Center at 7:40 a.m. and 8:52 a.m. respectively.

The festival involved high school and junior high show choirs and jazz choirs Tuesday and Wednesday. Beginning today, high school and junior high jazz bands will compete for placement in four classes at the Iowa Lakes Community College annual Jazz Band Contest. Bands will also be given valuable feedback from experienced judges.

Okoboji, Sioux Cental and Ruthven-Ayrshire high schools will participate.

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