ALHS music department presents showcase

Published 10:18 am Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Albert Lea High School vocal music department will present a show choir showcase concert at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door. Family music concert passes are not valid for this concert since it is a fundraiser.

Performing in the concert will be SASS show choir and CATaclysmic show choir from the high school and a few pop solos and ensembles.

This is the third year for such an event, according to a press release. This takes the place of the large show choir competition held in previous years.  It is the only fundraiser for the show choir this year.

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SASS is the all female show choir at ALHS with girls in eighth through 11th grade and is directed by Mary Bissen. They rehearse one morning a week and will perform “’60s Partyline Medley,” “My Heart Will Go On” and “Girls Rock Medley.”  Student choreography help this year was given by Brianna Shea, Maddie Willey,  Kira Alm-Musel, Rowan Kraft and Natalie Weiland.

Joining the Albert Lea groups is the show choir from Forest City High School.

Avocado Heights is comprised of 34 singers and six band members.  The group is comprised of ninth- through 12th-grade students involved in the curricular classes of women’s chorus or concert choir.  The group rehearses on Monday evenings and two mornings a week from November to March.

Avocado Heights performs at two home concerts, IHSMA State Show Choir Festival, Hastings, Emmetsburg and Albert Lea.

CATaclysmic, a mixed group with students in grades eight through 12 will perform “Free Ride,” “Gone, Gone, Gone,” “Go the Distance” and a medley from the movie “Grease.” They rehearse before school one to two mornings per week and go on a retreat to help create their high energy show. Student choreographers this year for CAT are Katelyn Hendrickson, Emily Ortiz and Rickon Peterson.  CATaclysmic is  directed by Diane Heaney and has an accompanying instrumental combo of Chloe Stripe, Sam Ware and Kyle Neidermeier.

Also making an appearance at the event will be the local band Riptide.

Special solos will be performed by teachers Mary Bissen, Diane Heaney,  and Lindsey Hugstad-Vaa.