Women’s choir travels to Iowa for festival

Women's choir travels to Iowa for festival by Lindsay Nelson On Nov. 6 the women of Wakonda's High School choir boarded a bus at 7:30 a.m. and journeyed to Sioux City, IA. They took this little trip to be involved in Morningside's "Women In Song Festival."

The festival took place on the Morningside College campus and consisted of a whole day's worth of singing related events.

Girls came from Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota to participate in the "Women In Song Festival."

The day started out with registration at 9 a.m., followed by an introduction to the festival choir conductor Mary Kay Knapp. The girls then were able to learn their music in sessions throughout the day.

Altos and sopranos took turns between workshops and sectionals. There were two workshops during the day for the singers and two for the teachers.

The first workshop for the girls was about singing with emotion. Lynne Rothrock, a professional theatre singer, was the guest speaker for that session. The second workshop was led by Joan Enockson. She shared her music experience and took the time to answer any questions about a life filled with music.

Before lunch break the girls were able to attend a recital put on by Enockson and Dr. Gail Dooley. Right before supper all of the altos and sopranos joined back together and practiced their songs one last time.

At 7 p.m. all of the women attending put on a concert. They sang three songs, Adiemus, The Poet Sings, and Exultate Justi In Domino. Also participating in the concert was Morningside College's Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Bel Canto Women's Chorus.

"The girls learned some very difficult music in a very short amount of time. The recitals that were given were very beneficial as well. It was long, fun day and very worth while educationally," said WHS music director Julie Morren.

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