On Monday November 5th, six students from Gladbrook Reinbeck participated in the North Central Honor Choir Festival. This festival was open to students who had auditioned to All-State Choir, and either made it, or didn't. Unfortunately our six students didn't make it, but still participated in the festival. The festival was located in at NIACC in Mason City. The festival wasn't open to just All-State auditions in high school, but also open to OPUS auditions who did or did not get into Opus. Opus is similar to All-State Choir, but it uses different music and is for 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students. Cortney Corzier, Shelby Yates, Aaron Shouse, Braden Heithoff, Rebecca Franksain, and Breanna Schlichtmann were the six students who participated in the North Central Honor Choir Festival, and we were all part of the 10th and 12th grade choir. This mixed choir was directed by Dr. John Wiles, who is a professor at the University Of Northern Iowa. There were three other directors for the Opus choirs, Dr. Gerald Kreitzer from Mt. Mercy conducted the 9th and 10th grade choir (10th graders were given the option to either audition for All-State, or Opus.). Linda Ferjak from Bishop Garrigan from Forest City conducted the 7th and 8th girls Opus choir, and Kelly Truax from Cedar Rapids Prairie Point conducted the 7th and 8th grade boys Opus choir.
The 10th through 12th grade choir started practice at about 1:00 p.m. They went over the music they had worked so hard on for All-State, and went through rough spots through out the day, with breaks, of course. At the end of the day, a concert was held for all of the choirs. Choir by choir was filed onto risers in the gym, which contained at least 1,000 people. The concert started at 6, started with the Opus choirs, then made it up to the 10th and 12th grade mixed choir. The concert as a whole was absolutely wonderful. It truly is amazing to sing in a choir that has more than 30 people to it.