MCHS Vocal Music

MCHS Summer Musical:
"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

MCHS 2019 Musical

Concert Choir Receives Standing Ovation
at Carnegie Hall
MCHS Carnegei Hall 2019

The MCHS Concert Choir received a standing ovation and were honored as the final featured spotlight solo performance
for the Choirs of America Nationals at Carnegie Hall on March 13, 2019.

This marks the fifth appearance for MCHS in Carnegie Hall.

2019 IHSMA State Large Group Contest:

The Mason City High School Vocal Music Department earned four Superior ratings
at the IHSMA State Large Group Contest:

"Superior" Division I Choirs
Varsity Choir
Treble Clef Choir
Bass Clef Choir
Concert Choir

2019 IHSMA State Solo/Ensemble Contest:

The Mason City High School Vocal Music Department earned 20 Superior ratings
and 9 Excellent ratings at the IHSMA State Solo/Ensemble Contest.
The Concert Chamber Choir and Concert Madrigal Choir
recieved the "Outstanding Performance Award"
and five events earned a perfect score:

"Superior" Division I Solos
Adam Dettmer
Nathan Elsbernd
Bailey Erickson
Kylie Hansen (Perfect Score)
Noah Hoffman
Kinzie Johanns

"Excellent" Division II Solos
Kailee Acker
Madi Anderson
Ava Ciavarelli
Makenna Hansen
Jack Harty
Madi Judkins
Aden Stroup
Sydney Sullivan

"Superior" Division I Ensembles
Concert Chamber Choir (Perfect Score)
Varsity Chamber Choir
Concert Madrigal Choir (Perfect Score)
Varsity Madrigal Choir (Perfect Score)
Anderson/Everist Duet
Anderson/Johanns Duet
Bohls/Everist Duet
Buttweiler/Ciavarelli Duet
Callanan/Dettmer Duet
Ciavarelli/Hansen Duet
Elsbernd/Sullivan Duet
Erickson/Judkins Duet
Garrett/Garrett Duet
Hansen/Hansen Duet (Perfect Score)

"Excellent" Division II Ensembles
Hansen/Colby Duet

"IHSMA Outstanding Performance Award"
Concert Chamber Choir
Concert Madrigal Choir

2018 IHSMA All-State:

21 MCHS choir members have been selected for the Iowa All-State Music Festival:
17 for the Choir and 4 for the Band/Orchestra

Kailee Acker, Soprano
Madison Anderson, Alto
Grant Bohls, Tenor Alternate
Madison Braun, Alto
Marcus Buttweiler, Tenor
Tony Cadena, Bass
Eddie Callanan, Bass
Adam Dettmer, Bass
Britta Elsbernd, Oboe
Nathan Elsbernd, Piano
Bailey Erickson, Soprano Alternate
Emma Garrett, Clarinet Alternate
Bailey Gunderson, Baritone Saxophone Alternate
Kylie Hansen, Soprano
Jack Harty, Tenor
Noah Hoffman, Tenor
Chloe Ihlenfeldt, Viola Alternate
Kinzie Johanns, Alto
Madi Judkins, Soprano
Noah Murray, Tenor
Aden Stroup, Tenor


2018 ICDA OPUS State Honor Choir:

Seven MCHS Choir Members Have been selected for the Ninth Grade ICDA OPUS Honor Choir:

Grant Bohls, Tenor
Jennaya Everist, Alto
Kyler Fredricks, Bass
Makenna Hansen, Soprano
Reid Johnson, Bass
Jack Siglin, Tenor Alternate
Kolton Young, Bass


Varsity Choir 2019-2020

Concert Choir 2019-2020

MCHS Gold Rush at 2018 Chicago World Strides Music Festival

The MCHS Concert Choir earned a First Place rating at the 2018 Chicago World Strides national competition
The MCHS Chamber Choir earned a Gold rating and was the top scoring Chamber Choir of the festival

MCHS Choir Members Appear
With Kristin Chenoweth

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Members of the MCHS Vocal Music Department were thrilled to join Tony Award winning superstar
Kristin Chenoweth on stage in concert on February 26, 2017

MCHS Chamber Choir Sings For
"Sweet Honey In The Rock" at ICDA

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The MCHS Chamber Choir was honored to work with the legendary vocal ensemble
"Sweet Honey In The Rock" at the ICDA Convention

MCHS Concert Choir Returns To Carnegie Hall


The MCHS Concert Choir received a standing ovation and were honored as the final featured spotlight solo performance
for the Choirs of America Nationals at Carnegie Hall on March 25, 2017.

carnegie onstage 2017
The MCHS Concert Choir was privileged to be a part of the World Premier of the new work "This Dance of Light" by Z. Randall Stroope

Concert Choir Performs
for NC-ACDA Conference

The Concert Choir was honored to to perform for the 2016
North Central American Choral Directors Association Conference
MCHS was thrilled to premier several new works in our program:

When Music Sounds
Connor J. Koppin
(World Premier)

The Longest Nights
Timothy C. Takach
(Iowa Premier - New Commissioned National Consortium Work)

A Dream Within A Dream
Tesfa Wondemagegnehu
Walton Music (HL00144406)

Let The Church Roll On
Stacey V. Gibbs
(World Premier)
Gentry Publications (JG 2498)

Freedom Come from "Bandari: Inside These Walls"
Ben Allaway
Santa Barbara Music Publishing (SBMP 67)

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MCHS Performs With Academy Award Winner
Shirley Jones

Shirley Jones Choir

Members of the MCHS Vocal Music Department performed with Academy Award Winner Shirley Jones
for Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" In Concert in September of 2014.

Shirley Jones MCHS 1

MCHS Concert Choir Performs for
Master Composer Morten Lauridsen

The Concert Choir had the honor to perform for the legendary Morten Lauridsen in January of 2014.
This special opportunity was a part of Mr. Lauridsen's residency for the Meistersinger Choral Festival at Wartburg College.
MCHS appeared as the featured guest choir for the event.
Mr. Lauridsen said of the Concert Choir:
"Your performance is fantastic, and exhibits wonderful artistry.
On behalf of myself and the poet, Robert Graves, I thank you."

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IPTV Broadcasts Documentary Film About MCHS Vocal Music

We are thrilled to announce that a year in the life of Mason City High School Vocal Music
is the subject of a new film recently aired on Public Television.
The project was produced/financed by David Beck and directed by Gary Ewing.
IPTV Program and Operations Manager Rebecca Ketcherside called the movie: “Very touching.”

To order a copy of "Invisible Threads" on video disc please send a check for $20 to:
The Choral Music Guild
1700 Fourth Street S.E.
Mason City, IA 50401

OR Click Here for "Invisible Threads" Video Order Form

Invisible Threads

Concert Choir Featured In Textbook:


The MCHS Concert Choir is honored to have been featured in the textbook
"The School Choral Program" by Dr. James Jordan from GIA Publications.
Several of our recordings are included on the textbook's CD as an exemplar
of high school choirs. Click on the following link to order a copy:

Concert Choir Performs at Carnegie Hall
With Ola Gjeilo and Andre Thomas

The Concert Choir was privileged to be a part of the World Premier of the new work "Evening Star"
with Ola Gjeilo at Carnegie Hall for the Choirs of America Nationals on March 27, 2015.

Ola Gjeilo MCHS Carnegie Hall

MCHS received the distinction of being selected for the final solo performance to close the concert,
where they sang a surprise performance of “Go Where I Send Thee”
to honor conductor and composer Dr. Andre Thomas.
Dr. Thomas turned and addressed the audience:
“Thousands of people have sung my works, but no one has given my music to me as a gift,
Mason City you have done it!
I was so pleased and overwhelmed by your tribute. Thank you!”

Andre Thomas MCHS Carnegie Hall

Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, a clinician for the festival, featured MCHS in a story
broadcast on American Public Radio discussing this tribute to Dr. Thomas.
You can stream that story here:

mchs @ carnegie hall 2015
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