North Iowa Choral Society

North Iowa Choral Society rehearses for its spring concert, “Something Old, Something New, Something for Us, Something for You,” set for Saturday, April 29, at the North Iowa Community Auditorium.

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MASON CITY | The North Iowa Choral Society will present its annual Spring Concert, “Something Old, Something New, Something for Us, Something for You,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29, in the North Iowa Community Auditorium.

Tickets are $5, available from any member or at the door.

Linda Ferjak directs the audition-only SATB choral ensemble, accompanied by Teresa Lursen.

The group, sponsored by North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC), has been sharing music with North Iowa audiences since fall 1994, when it was formed under the direction of Robert Davis.

The choral society performs sacred and secular music from various genres, including classics, spirituals, musical theater, jazz, swing, and blues. It has performed at Iowa Choral Directors conventions, the Choral Symposium, KCMR Live Christmas, Waldorf Performing Arts Series, NIACC’s Candlelight Christmas and Holiday Pops, and in NIACC’s Performing Arts Series with Shirley Jones in 2002.

Featured musical selections include "Ascendit Deus" (Gallus), Tutto Lo Di Mi Dici “Canta” (di Lasso), "Lacrymosa" from the “Requiem” (Mozart), "Hallelujah" from the “Mount of Olives” (Beethoven), "Choose Something Like a Star" from the Frostiana Series (Thompson), "How Can I Keep from Singing" (arr. Staheli), and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (Simon).

A special piece is "Only in Sleep" (Esenvalds), which was commissioned by the University of Louisville Chorale and Cardinal Singers.

There will also be selections from within the ensemble, including small groups, a male-only selection and a female-only selection. Several soloists will be featured, along with some local instrumentalists on several pieces.

Ferjak is a graduate of Wartburg College and the University of Northern Iowa. A lifetime Iowa resident, she is completing her 44th year of teaching music in Iowa schools. She is director of vocal music for grades 7-12 at Bishop-Garrigan in Algona. High school choirs under her direction have earned multiple Division I ratings in large and small group contests. Ferjak is an adjudicator for the High School Music Association and has served as a mentor for first year teachers through the North Central District of the Iowa Choral Directors Association.

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