Welcome to Indianola High School's Vocal Department!!
Valorie Hagener Myles Finn
Phone: (515) 961-9510 ext. 2126 Phone: (515) 961-9510 ext. 2154
WELCOME to the IHS Vocal Program! We 5 choirs: 9th Treble Choir, 9th Bass Choir, 10th Choraliers, Concert Choir for 11th and 12th graders, and the auditioned A Cappella Choir. We have over 300 students in our high school vocal department! Our High School Vocal Department is under the direction of Valorie Hagener and Myles Finn. Both directors co-direct the Concert Choir and Choraliers and also teach voice lessons/seminars throughout the year. Valorie Hagener is the director of the A Cappella Choir, and Side One (Varsity Show Choir). Myles directs the 9th Treble Choir, 9th Bass Choir, and Flip Side (JV Show Choir).
Front Row: Elyse Shaw, Grant Biddle Nathan Barth, Nate Gerber
Middle: Liam Christensen, Ben Richardson, Kate Jauron (flute), Casey Daughenbaugh, Bradley Voigts
Back Row: Kayden Carter, Erica Knupp, Terrill, Hagener, Ruthie Duey
These students were selected for the All-State choir, band, and orchestra to be held in Ames on Nov. 21-23. The final concert will be held at Hilton in Ames at 7:30pm on Nov. 23rd. Congrats to our musicians!
Congrats to our 2019 All-State Musicians!
2019 Iowa All-State Musicians
Terrill Hagener - Alto 1 Senior 2nd year
Ben Richardson - Tenor 1 Senior 1st year
Grant Biddle - Oboe Senior 1st year
Ruthie Duey - Alto 2 Junior 1st year
Nate Gerber - Baritone Horn Junior 1st year
Kayden Carter - Soprano 1 Sophomore 1st year
Casey Daughenbaugh - Tenor 1 Sophomore 1st year
Erica Knupp - Soprano 2 Sophomore 1st year
Bradley Voigts - Bass 2 Sophomore 1st year
Alissa Johnson - Soprano 1 Sophomore 1st year
Liam Christensen - Bass 1 Senior 2nd year - Alternate
Kate Jauron - Flute Junior 2nd year - Alternate
Nathan Barth - Tenor Sax Sophomore 1st year
Congrats to our 2018 MAD King, Queens, and Court!
MAD Dance King - Sam Rivers MAD Dance Queens - Lauren Whitesitt and Lexie Hastie
Court - Front row: Abby Green, Megan Grubb, Lexie Hastie (Queen), Sam Rivers (King)
Lauren Whitesitt (Queen), Ally O'Meara, Leighia VanDam, Elly Vinton
Back Row: Gage Gioffredi, Justin Hibbs, Ben Koeppen, Jared LoVan,
Joe Mathieu, and Thomas Naughton
All Vocal Activities for School Calendar
Sept. 14 ICDA Pre-All State Clinic at DC-G (A Cappella Choir only) 7am bus TBA
Sept 26 Homecoming Parade - Vocal members walk IHS
Oct. 5 Real Men Sing Festival All Day Wartburg College
Oct. 8 8-9th Grade Singfest Honor Choir All Day Central College
Oct. 17 Simpson Honor Choir All Day Simpson College
Oct. 21* HS Vocal Fall Concert 7:00 p.m. Auditorium
Oct. 26 All-State Auditions (Vocal, Band, Orch) A Cappella only All Day Indianola High School
(We will also need student volunteers that day!)
Nov. 19 Little Hawkeye Conference Vocal Festival (Concert Choir only) 2-10pm Pella Christian HS
Nov. 21 Opus Honor Choir All Day ISU Ames
Nov. 21-23 All-State Music Festival ISU Ames
Nov. 25 Show Choirs/Jazz Bands Concert 7:00 p.m. Auditorium
Dec. 6 Holiday Extravaganza (A Cappella and some Flip Side students) Evening Indianola Square
Dec. 16* 9-12 Vocal Concert 6:30/8:00 p.m. Auditorium
Winter Break Dec. 23-Jan3
Jan. 6 Classes resume
Jan. 10-12 Lincoln, Nebraska Competition – Side One only All Day Lincoln, NE
Jan. 12-13 Dorian Honor Choir (Selected students) Luther College
Jan. 17 End 1st Semester
Jan. 18 Waukee Competition - Side One & Flip Side All Day Waukee
Jan. 25 Johnston Competition - Side One & Flip Side – Johnston All Day Johnston
Jan. 31 & Feb. 1 Show Choir Cabaret 7:00 p.m. Pastoral Center
Feb. 3 & 4 Musical auditions TBA TBA
Feb. 6 Musical recalls TBA TBA
Feb. 8 Norwalk Competition - Side One & Flip Side – Norwalk All Day Norwalk
Feb.11 Musical first practice 7:00 PM TBA
Feb. 13 Central College Honor Choir (Selected 10th Graders) All Day Pella
Feb. 8 Possible Side One & Flip Side or Jazz All Day TBA
Feb. 9-10 ISU Honor Choir Ames
Feb. 21-22 Indianola Show Choir/Jazz Encounter All Day IHS
Feb. 27* February Follies Concert 7:00 p.m. Auditorium
March 6-8 Side One & Flip Side – Totino-Grace (Overnight) All Day Fridley, MN/Minneapolis
March 10 Show Choirs In Concert 7:00 p.m. Auditorium
March 16-20 SPRING BREAK
March 27 MAD Dance 8:00 p.m. IHS Band Rm
April 13 Vocal Butterfly Night 4:30 p.m. IHS Music Rms
April 18 State Solo/Small Group Contest All Day TBA
April 23-25 Musical - The Wizard of Oz Auditorium
May 4* 9-12 Vocal Concert 6:00/7:30 p.m. Auditorium
May 9* State Large Group TBA Indianola HS
May 20 Baccalaureate 7:00 p.m. TBA
May 24 Graduation 1:00 p.m. Blake Fieldhouse-MS
June 2 Iowa HS Musical Awards-Civic Center 7:00 p.m. Civic Center
* Denotes required performances for 9th Treble Choir, 9th Bass Choir,
10th Choraliers, Concert Choir, Chorale, and A Cappella Choir.
(If there are any schedule changes, we will notify you through Power School & email)
Many ACT testing dates fall on important music events throughout the school year. Please take note of these conflicts when scheduling your testing dates!
ACT Testing Dates:
September 14, 2019 December 14, 2019 April 4, 2020
October 26, 2019 February 8, 2020 June 13, 2020
July 18, 2020
Music Booster Meetings
Meetings will normally be held the second Tuesday of each month. They are usually at 7pm, but times and dates may change when there are concert conflicts. Every parent with a student in band, choir, or orchestra and anyone who would like to support the musical arts is invited to get involved.
Sept. 10, 2019 Dec. 10, 2019 Mar. 10, 2020
Oct. 8, 2019 Jan. 14, 2020 Apr. 14, 2020
Nov. 12, 2019 Feb. 11, 2020 May 12, 2020
2020 Musical - The Wizard of Oz
The IHS musical will be presented at Indianola High School on April 23-25 at
7:00 pm at the HS Auditorium.
Tickets prices: Adults/seniors $12, Students $8.
Tickets will go on sale in April.
Please watch the announcements for the website to order tickets and to find dates that the Box
Office will be open to purchase tickets at the high school.
General Overview of Curriculum
The curriculum for performance groups is determined yearly by the selection of music. We strive to provide a wide variety of music in the choral genre. Our performance groups have “seasons” throughout the year and following is a brief outline of our year in vocal music at IHS.
There are opportunities throughout the year to participate in extra-curricular music activities. Show choirs, OPUS auditions, All-State auditions, various honor choir opportunities, spotlight auditions, musicals, and State Solo/Ensemble contest are extra ways students can get involved and develop their skills in vocal music at IHS.
9th Treble Choir, 9th Bass Choir, 10th Choraliers, and Concert Choir (11th/12th grades)
Fall season: A variety of music usually focusing on traditional choral sound.
Winter season: Music which focuses on winter traditions and seasonal music. There will be no spotlights at this concert.
February Follies season: A themed concert with choreography. Spotlights will need to follow this year’s theme. This year’s theme will explore world music/cultures!
Spring/Contest season: Contest music as accepted by IHSMA standards.
Choirs will be divided into various configurations.
May season: 9th Lyric Choir – Final project to be determined by director
10th Choraliers – Final project to be determined by director
Concert Choir – Graduation music
A Cappella Choir
Fall season: All-State Music Festival audition preparation
Winter season: Winter/Seasonal music for community performances. Auditions for spotlights will not be available for this concert.
February Follies season: Vocal Jazz. This may involve a competition outside of the school day.
State Small Ensemble season: Solo and duet/ensemble music.
April/May: State Large Group Contest and graduation music
Students will wear robes for concerts.
Students will be expected to wear the following with the robes:
Men - Black dress pants, black socks, black shoes, and a black t-shirt.
Blue jeans or tennis shoes will not be permitted.
Ladies – Skin colored hose and close-toed black dress shoes.
The A Cappella Choir and Chorale members will also be assigned a tuxedo or a dress for performances.