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Iowa Lakes music program brings out the best in students

May 2, 2012
Estherville Daily News

Iowa Lakes music students and professors Carol Ayres and Brett Fuelberth had a pretty busy week.

First there was the spring vocal concert Monday in The Max followed by the May Day coffeehouse, also in the Max, Tuesday night. And then there was the spring recital Wednesday afternoon.

As always, the students turned in a wonderful performance in all venues. This time, though, something very interesting happened.

A star was discovered.

Blaine Conner, of Platte City, Mo., who's attending Iowa Lakes to wrestle for the Lakers, at Tuesday night's coffeehouse went to the mic with one side of his face painted red - the other blue. He then proceeded to perform a 'duet' between a writer and his character.

And it was fantastic.

What's remarkable is that Conner just came into the music program this semester. Now while it takes a lot of guts to get up in front of a group of people, it takes a lot more guts to don a tux, paint your face then perform a complicated routine.

But Conner pulled it off masterfully.

This is just one more example of how the Iowa Lakes music program isn't mere window dressing - an activity to go along with courses you have to take to make a living.

It's far more.

Conner has some serious potential in the music industry. Real potential. And he discovered that potential in the Iowa Lakes Community College music program.

He won't the first Iowa Lakes music student that's developed his talent to a remarkable level here. And he certainly won't be the last.

Thanks to great teachers like Ayres and Fuelberth, we can look forward to a lot more talent coming in the years to come.



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