ADM’s Varsity Jazz Choir Amp has been invited to perform at the 2021 Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships, hosted by Valley High School on Tuesday, March 30th. The choir was selected by a panel of adjudicators from a video submission. Amp is one of only 8 choirs from across Iowa in the 3A division. It is a huge honor to be selected among the very best of high school vocal jazz programs. ADM students have worked hard for the honor and are excited to see what the competition holds for them.
The group is made up of seniors Kalie Dalen, Paige Jansen, Hannah Joens, Brennan McGee, Megan Olson, Cash Riker, and Sean Whitson, and juniors Averi Brady, Sarah DenHerder, Quinton Kimrey, Michael Payne, and Maya Shirley-Brown, with a rhythm section of Celia Kreifels (sophomore) on drumset and Nick Blum (junior) on electric bass. Heidi Freidhof is the piano accompanist, and Becca Cassel directs the group. Amp was previously selected for the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships in 2014-2017 and 2020, receiving as high as 3rd place honors in 2016. The event continues to grow and recognize the outstanding student musicians and directors in the state who devote their time and talents to vocal jazz.