The choir was directed by Matt Huth, a graduate of Morningside College in Sioux City, where he earned a Bachelors of Music Education degree, with an emphasis in voice and a minor in piano. Huth is in his 14th year of teaching, and is currently directing choirs in the Waukee School District.
The 44th annual Northwest Iowa Junior High/Middle School Honor Band festival will take place this Saturday, November 5, in Storm Lake. Approximately 370 seventh and eighth grade musicians from 42 Northwest Iowa schools auditioned on October 15 for places in one of two equal bands.
Guest conductors for the honor band festival will be Dr. Larry Mitchell and Chris Crandell. Dr. Mitchell is Professor Emeritus of Music Education at The University of South Dakota. He is currently retired and resides in Vermillion. Crandell currently resides in West Des Moines, and he has most recently directed the Indianola High School Band ensembles.
Students from the Alta-Aurelia Middle School who were chosen to participate in the festival include Abigail Anderson, flute; Tali Carr, clarinet; Emma Kaskey, clarinet; Lexie Patton, alto saxophone; Hanna Westphal, alto saxophone; Skylar Solko, baritone saxophone; Jared Weiland, trombone; and Alex Sangwin, tuba.