Alta Aurelia gets top rating.
Thirteen high schools from northwest Iowa participated in the Iowa High School Music Association State Jazz Choir Festival in Spirit Lake on Monday of this week.
Alta Aurelia, under the direction of Becky Elemond, received a Division One (Superior) rating. Spencer’s Choir #1 received a Division Two (Excellent) rating, and their Choir #2 was given a Division One rating. Spirit Lake received a Division One rating, Okoboji got a Division One rating, and South O’Brien was given a Division Two rating.
The Jazz Choirs were evaluated on ensemble characteristics of tone quality, blend, rhythmic feel, interpretation, precision, musicianship, solo creativity, and balance.