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Welcome to IPR's Choral Iowa!  This page will make it easy for you to keep up with our state’s flourishing choral scene. You'll find event calendars, music videos, and ideas from the many Iowans who make our choral scene happen. Please let us know of events or ideas you’d like to share! After all, choral music is the most inclusive of genres. America has about 1,200 orchestras but 270,000 choirs. One household out of five includes a choral member, ranging from children to retirees. Their conductors are just as likely to be maestras as maestros, and their audiences love new works as much as classics. Our state is a national presence in choral music, and Choral Iowa will help you find out why.  

Big List Of Iowa Choral Events In March

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Courtesy of the University of Northern Iowa
The University of Northern Iowa Concert Chorale is hosting a concert on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.

All across Iowa, choirs are planning impressive spring concerts in the coming months. 

Here's a list of everything we know about that's happening in March. If your concert is missing, email us, and please let us know what we should add!

Sunday, March 1

3 p.m. in Des Moines - Stars of Borealis Chorale concert, conducted by Linda Vanderpool. Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University.

4 p.m. in Ames - Iowa State Singers Spring Concert, conducted by James Rodde. Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall, Simon Estes Music Hall, Iowa State University.

Thursday, March 5

7 p.m. in Sioux City - "Love Is" - North High Choir March Concert. 4200 Cheyenne Blvd, Sioux City.

Friday, March 6

Daylong in Sioux City - "Sing All About It" showchoir invitational, with various invited show choirs. Sioux City East High School, 3200 South Cypress Street, Sioux City.

7 p.m. in Ames - "Dial M For Music" - The Ames Choral Society. St. Andrew's Lutheran Church. 209 Colorado Ave, Ames.

7:30 p.m. in Cedar Rapids - Dordt University Concert Choir. Peace Christian Reformed Church. 6600 C Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids.

Saturday, March 7

3 p.m. in Ames - Lyrica Spring Concert, a womens' choir of about 100 voices conducted by Kathleen Rodde. Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall, Simon Estes Music Hall, Iowa State University.

7 p.m. in Ames - "Dial M For Music" - The Ames Choral Society. St. Andrew's Lutheran Church. 209 Colorado Ave, Ames.
 

8 p.m. in Davenport - Verdi's Requiem - The Quad City Symphony. With the Augustana Oratorio Society and Augustana Choral Artists and soloists. QCSO Music Director Mark Russell Smith conducts. Adler Theatre, 136 E. Third St., Davenport.

Sunday, March 8

1:30 p.m. in Ames - Iowa Statesmen Spring Concert. The Iowa State men's choir, conducted by James Rodde. Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall, Simon Estes Music Hall, Iowa State University.

1:30 p.m. in Cedar Rapids - Music in March! McCauley Auditorium, Mount Mercy University.

2 p.m. in Rock Island, IL - Verdi's Requiem. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra, with the Augustana Oratorio Society and Augustana Choral Artists and soloists. QCSO Music Director Mark Russell Smith conducts. Centennial Hall, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL.

Daylong in Sioux City - "Sing All About It" showchoir invitational, with various invited show choirs. Sioux City East High School, 3200 South Cypress Street, Sioux City.

4 p.m. in Des Moines - "Passion" - The University of South Dakota Chamber Singers. Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Des Moines.

4:30 p.m. in Ames - Cantamus Spring Concert. Iowa State's premiere women's choir, conducted by Kathleen Rodde. Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall, Simon Estes Music Hall, Iowa State University.

Monday, March 9

6 p.m. in Mason City - "A Bold Future": Augustana Choir 2020 Tour. Trinity Lutheran Church, Mason City.

Tuesday, March 10

7 p.m. in Des Moines - Bridges 2 Harmony, "#Be Encouraged Tour" The notable youth gospel choir from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines. Roosevelt High School, 4419 Center Street, Des Moines.

7:30 p.m. in Des Moines - Drake University Choir and Chamber Choir Pre-Tour Concert. Directed by Drake's new choral director, the noted composer Eric Barnum. Sheslow Auditorium, Drake campus.

7:30 p.m. in Cedar Falls -  University of Northern Iowa Choral Collage Concert. UNI's Concert Chorale, Women’s Chorus, the UNI Varsity Men’s Glee Club and UNI Singers will offer a shared spring concert, conducted by Amy Kotsanis and John Len Wiles. Great Hall, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, 8201 Dakota St., Cedar Falls.

Thursday, March 12

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Council Bluffs - Reiver Jazz Choir Contest.  Fifteen jazz choirs from Western Iowa high schools will compete. Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs.

Friday, March 13

CANCELED 7 p.m. in Iowa City -  Bridges 2 Harmony, "#Be Encouraged Tour" The notable youth gospel choir from Roosevelt High in Des Moines. At the University of Iowa's Voxman Music Building. [Canceled.]

7:30 p.m. in Orange City - Northwestern College A Cappella Choir Home Tour Concert. Northwestern College. [Will proceed as planned.]

Saturday, March 14

4 p.m. in Waverly - Wartburg College Kantorei and Handbell Choir conducted by Karen Black. Wartburg Chapel. [Will proceed as planned.]

7:30 p.m. in Cedar Rapids - Beethoven's Mass in C Major, performed by the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale directed by Dr. Gerald Kreitzer. Part of their sixtieth anniversary season. Immaculate Conception Church, 857 Third Avenue SE. [Will proceed as planned.]

CANCELED 7:30 p.m. in Des Moines - European Tour Send-Off Concert by the Grinnell Singers led by John Rommereim. The program includes, among other pieces, Samuel Barber's Agnus Dei and a new work by Jocelyn Hagen. The choir will then tour this program in Hungary, Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic before returning to Grinnell, where they'll perform it in April. This "Send-Off" Des Moines concert is at Grace United Methodist Church, 3700 Cottage Grove Ave., Des Moines. [Canceled.]

CANCELED 7:30 p.m. in Des Moines -  Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" performed by the Des Moines Symphony led by Joseph Giunta, with four outstanding Iowa choirs: the Des Moines Choral Society, the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Drake University/ Community Chorus, and the Heartland Youth Choir. (Also on the program: Beethoven's Eighth Symphony and Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll.") Des Moines Civic Center. [WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR THIS FALL.]

Sunday, March 15

CANCELED 2:30 p.m. in Des Moines - Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" performed by the Des Moines Symphony led by Joseph Giunta, with four outstanding Iowa choirs: the Des Moines Choral Society, the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Drake University/ Community Chorus, and the Heartland Youth Choir. (Also on the program: Beethoven's Eighth Symphony and Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll.") Des Moines Civic Center. [WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR THIS FALL.]

4 p.m. in Waverly - Castle Singers and Kammerstreicher Home Concert. Wartburg's 60-voice women's choir. Wartburg Chapel, Waverly. [Will proceed as planned.]

Friday, March 20

7 p.m. in Cedar Falls - "This We'll Defend" - U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus. Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, 8201 Dakota St., Cedar Falls. [Will proceed as planned.]

Saturday, March 21

7:30 p.m. in Ottumwa - "Fantasies" - The Southeast Iowa Symphony and Chorus led by Bob McConnell, with guest artists, perform music of Lili Boulanger, Alice Mary Smith, Ethel Smythe, Janike Vanderveide, and Beethoven's Choral Fantasy. Bridge View Center.

Sunday, March 22

2 p.m. in Burlington - "Fantasies" - The Southeast Iowa Symphony and Chorus led by Bob McConnell, with guest artists, perform music of Lili Boulanger, Alice Mary Smith, Ethel Smythe, Janike Vanderveide, and Beethoven's Choral Fantasy. Capitol Theater.

4 p.m. in Waverly - St. Elizabeth Chorale Home Concert. Wartburg's 60-voice women's choir. Wartburg Chapel, Waverly.

6:30 p.m. in Mt. Pleasant - "Fantasies" - The Southeast Iowa Symphony and Chorus led by Bob McConnell, with guest artists, perform music of Lili Boulanger, Alice Mary Smith, Ethel Smythe, Janike Vanderveide, and Beethoven's Choral Fantasy. Iowa Wesleyan University Chapel.

Tuesday, March 24

5:30 p.m. in Dubuque - District Choir Festival. Hempstead High School, Dubuque.

Thursday, March 26

7 p.m. in Fort Dodge - Iowa Statesmen Concert. Part of a tour by the Iowa State men's choir. Fort Dodge Middle School

Friday, March 27

CANCELED 7:30 p.m. in Iowa City - University of Iowa Kantorei/ University Choir. Spring Concert, led by Dr. Timothy Stalter. Voxman Music Building. [Canceled.]

7:30 p.m. in Mason City - Wartburg's St. Elizabeth Chorale in Concert. Wartburg College's 60-voice women's choir. Holy Family Catholic Church, 722 N. Adams, Mason City.

7:30 p.m. in Cedar Rapids -  Ritterchor in Concert.  Wartburg College's  men's choir, conducted by Dr. Lee Nelson. First Lutheran Church, 1000 Third Ave SE, Cedar Rapids.
 

Saturday, March 28

2 p.m. in Dubuque - "To Heaven and Bach" - a Bach concert by the Dubuque Chorale. St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 1199 Main Street, Dubuque.

7 p.m. in Iowa City - Combined Concert, West High Singers and Waukee High Concert Choir  -  St, Patrick's Catholic Church, Iowa City.

7 p.m. in Rock Island, IL - "100 Years - Never Turning Back" - The Quad Cities Women's Chorus. St. John's Lutheran Church, 4501 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL.

7:30 p.m. in Iowa City - Los Angeles Master Chorale, "Lagrime de San Pietro (Tears of St. Peter)" by Orlando de Lasso, in a new staging by Peter Sellars. Hancher Auditorium.

Sunday, March 29

CANCELED 3 p.m. in Iowa City - University of Iowa Camerata, conducted by David Puderbaugh. Voxman Music Building. [Canceled.]

4 p.m. in Waverly - Ritterchor Home Concert.  Wartburg College's  men's choir, conducted by Dr. Lee Nelson. Wartburg Chapel, Waverly.

Monday, March 30

7 p.m. in Osage - Iowa Statesmen Concert. Part of a tour by the Iowa State men's choir. Cedar River Complex, Osage.