MCHS Vocal Music

* Due to anticipated weather
the Follies start time has been
moved up to 7 pm for the
Thursday, February 8 performance


2018 Follies

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 2017 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.

This marks the fourth appearance for MCHS in Carnegie Hall.

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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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Concert Choir Earns Gold at 2016 Chicago World Strides Music Festival

The Concert Choir brought home five trophies from the Chicago World Strides national competition:
"Outstanding Choral Program" Sweepstakes Award
Adjudicator Award for top score - Chamber Choir
Adjudicator Award for top score - Concert Choir
First Place/Gold - Chamber Choir
First Place/Gold - Concert Choir

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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These copyrighted photos are used with permission of The Globe Gazette and are not to be reproduced

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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2016 IHSMA All-State:

20 MCHS choir members have been selected for the Iowa All-State Music Festival:
18 for the Choir and 2 for the Band/Orchestra

Madison Anderson, Alto 
Marcus Buttweiler, Tenor
Natalia Cadena, Alto
AnaBella Christianson, Soprano
Sophia Ciavarelli, Alto
Hannah Hill, Soprano Alternate
Noah Hoffman, Tenor
Derek Johnson, Tenor
Henry Klatt, Bass
Skyler Lee, Bass
Noah McLaughlin, Bass
Noah Murray, Tenor
Elise Obermire, Soprano
Natasha Orton, Alto
Jake Palmer, Bass
Ben Siglin, Tenor
Abby White, Alto
Kallie Whitehill, Soprano
Ricky Latham, Clarinet

JP Ryal, Saxophone


2016 ICDA OPUS State Honor Choir:

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

Kailee Acker, Soprano 
Kinzie Johanns, Alto 
Madelin Judkins, Alto



2015 IHSMA State Solo/Ensemble Contest:

The Mason City High School Vocal Music Department earned 28 Superior ratings
and 6 Excellent ratings at the IHSMA State Contest.
Four ensembles were also named "Outstanding Performance of Center"
and five events earned a perfect score:

"IHSMA Outstanding Performance Award"
Varsity Chamber Choir
Concert Madrigal Choir
Daniella Debrah/Olivia Pappas Duet
Maddie Wann/Elijah Warfield Duet

"Superior" Division I Solos
AnaBella Christianson
Daniella Debrah
Sawyer Goetz
Bethany Larson
Skyler Lee
Jenna Lovik
Lydia Ouverson
Olivia Pappas
Olivia Pederson
Ethan Pruisman
Ben Siglin
Samantha Simmers
Maddie Wann
Blake Weitzel
Abby White

"Excellent" Division II Solos
Meira Bahls
Brooke Huegli
Ashley Lapointe
Noah McLaughlin
Amelia Ouverson

"Superior" Division I Ensembles
Varsity Chamber Choir
Concert Chamber Choir
Varsity Madrigal Choir
Concert Madrigal Choir
Daniella Debrah/Olivia Pappas Duet
Daniella Debrah/Elijah Warfield Duet
Brooke Huegli/Ben Hoekstra Duet
Brooke Huegli/Ethan Pruisman Duet
Rowan Meyers/Ben Siglin Duet
Amelia Ouverson/Lydia Ouverson Duet
Lydia Ouverson/Ben Siglin Duet
Olivia Pederson/Blake Weitzel Duet
Maddie Wann/Elijah Warfield Duet

"Excellent" Division II Ensembles
Sean Beemer/Danny Daugherty Duet

Concert Choir Sweeps Awards at 2014 Chicago Heritage Music Festival

The Concert Choir brought home all six vocal music trophies from the International competition:
"Grand Champion"
Outstanding Choral Program
Maestro Award for outstanding soloists
Adjudicator Award for top score
First Place/Gold - Chamber Choir
First Place/Gold - Concert Choir

Concert Choir Performs at Carnegie Hall (2013)

MCHS Carnegie Hall
The Concert Choir recieved three standing ovations for their performance in Carnegie Hall
at the World Projects 2013 New York International Choral Festival.
MCHS was honored as the only high school choir to earn a Gold Medal
at the festival from a panel of three judges.

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