Bettendorf choirs prepare for Metrofest

Every fall, high schools from the Quad Cities and surrounding areas get the chance to perform together in the Metrofest concert.

“Metrofest gives musicians in the area a chance to unite as one big unit,” Brandon Fraseur said.

“My favorite part of Metrofest is getting put into a different group than you are used to. You get to blend differently and hear different voices,” Halle Fish said.

The choirs spend all afternoon in rehearsals with their directors and get to meet students from other schools. They get to eat dinner together before the performance.

“The music performed at Metrofest is used for All State and Opus (freshmen only) honor choirs and prepares the students for those auditions,” Fraseur said.

Most entry level or non-audition choir ensembles perform the Opus music at Metrofest. This year, they have four songs.

The highest level groups perform the All State music. The students who make the All State choir in October represent the best singers in the state. They will perform seven songs. The women’s choirs perform the four treble choir songs.

Bettendorf High School will now be represented in all three groups with the addition of the Women’s Chorale this year.

Combined, the groups sing “America the Beautiful” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic” to open and close the concert.

“We all come together to perform together and share music at Metrofest,” Mary Therese Gehrmann said.

Metrofest will take place at Pleasant Valley High School on Oct. 5.


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