The School for Music Vocations

The SMV (School for Music Vocations), in Creston, Iowa, is based out of Southwestern Community College.  It is the only 2-year vocational music program in the United States, earning students an Associate's Degree in Professional Music.

Ensembles

SMV Ensembles

The SMV Chamber Singers is a select vocal ensemble specializing in vocal chamber works from the Renaissance to the present, including larger works by major composers. Open to all students by audition, the choir performs frequently and takes an extended annual tour in late fall. Emphasis is on developing stylistic awareness, aesthetic sensitivity and a mature musicianship in each singer.  The Chamber Singers perform and record extensively.  Dr. Jeremy Fox and Ryan Howe conduct.  

CHAMBER SINGERS WILL BE TOURING THE DES MOINES AREA NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 1, 2017.

 

 

 

FIRST TAKE

First Take is a six- to seven-member vocal ensemble focusing on a variety of vocal jazz literature, both a cappella and with rhythm section.  First Take performs in regional concerts, and tours nationally each spring. Members of the ensemble are often on faculty each summer at the SMV Vocal Jazz Camps, which are in their 15th summer taking place, this year in Northern California, Iowa, and Winnipeg. Directed this year by Dr. Jeremy Fox,  the ensemble is open to all students at the colleges by audition.

 

AUDIO RADIANCE

Audio Radiance is a six- to eight-member vocal ensemble focusing on R&B/Soul literature, as well as cutting-edge vocal ensemble literature.  Audio Radiance performs in regional concerts, and tours nationally each spring. Directed by Ryan Howe, the ensemble is open to all students by audition.

 

 

INSTRUMENTAL COMBOS

The SMV traditionally has at least one or two instrumental combos at the school, emphasizing different styles of music.  The ensembles, from 3-6 players, typically tour regionally each year.