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Middle School Chorus

South Central Conference Middle School
Vocal Festival held at Clarke

The Clarke Middle School Choirs and their director, Ms. Ann March, will be hosting the
South Central Conference Middle School Vocal Festival on Thursday, March 5, 2015.

All of the  7th and 8th grade choir members from the conference schools will be participating:
Albia, Centerville, Chariton, Davis County, Eddyville-Blakesburg, Knoxville, and Clarke.
The students will arrive at Clarke for an afternoon of rehearsals
followed by a festival concert which is open to the public.
The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Clarke High School Gym.
An admission of $5.00 for Adults and $3.00 for students will be charged.


Guest director for the festival is Mr. Brent Peterson from West Des Moines.
Brent Peterson is a vocal music director in the Waukee Community School District.
Now in his 24th year of teaching, he is currently at South Middle School,
where he directs all of the 8th grade ensembles
and show choir EN FUEGO, assists with the 6th and 7th grade mixed chorus,
gives voice lessons, and also assists with the other
MS and HS show choirs in the district as needed.
In addition to his work with the choirs in Waukee,
he is also a volleyball coach and track coach in the district.
Brent was the conductor for the Boys OPUS Honor Choir in 2006,
and has also received the WOI Channel 5 “My Favorite Teacher” award.

Mr. P., as he is known at Waukee,
graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 1991
with a B.S. Ed. in Vocal Music Education.
In 1999, he completed a Master of Arts in Effective Teaching degree
from Viterbo University, where he now also serves as an adjunct professor.
When not working with students at Waukee or Viterbo,
Brent is an active guest director, show choir clinician,
and speaker around the Midwest.
He is married to Anne Peterson, elementary music teacher at
South Union Elementary in DMPS,
and proud Dad to 7 year old Joel Peterson.
When not working, the family loves to travel, golf,
and enjoy boating at their lake home on Sun Valley Lake.


The conference choirs prepared and will be performing together the songs:
Exsultate and River Sleeps Beneath the Sky by Lightfoot,
Let Me Ride (Swing Down Chariot) by Emerson,
Fire and Rain by Gilpin and Praise His Holy Name by Hampton.
Each of the conference choirs also prepared a solo selection to be featured in the middle of the program.


Chorus Director: Ann March