The Iowa Statesmen, one of the region's leading men's choirs, was founded by Dr. Rodde in the fall of 2000. The ensemble meets three times per week, MWF, 1:10-2:00 p.m., and specializes in the performance of traditional and contemporary male chorus literature. The group gives various performances during the year and enjoys playing an active role in the Iowa State community. In addition to annual fall and spring concerts, the Statesmen annually join the other three ISU choirs to present both the Holiday and Masterworks Concerts, each with orchestra.
The choir also embarks on a brief regional tour every spring. In 2005 the men sang for large enthusiastic audiences in Davenport and Waterloo. Each concert closes with the rousing ISU School Songs -- a great tradition.
In 2006 the Statesmen were honored with a performance at the Intercollegiate Men's Choruses' National Seminar in Eau Claire, WI. There they were joined by the Michigan State and Ohio State Men's Glee Clubs, the U.S. Army Chorus, Cantus, and other recognized choirs. A special auditioned ensemble from within the group, "Shy of a Dozen," sings contemporary/popular a cappella music at various local and regional functions. http://www.music.iastate.edu/org/shy/
"Being in choir is so enjoyable ... it feels like it makes my class
Mike Schmidt, Senior, Materials Engineering
"Choir rehearsals are the highlight of my weekdays."
Mike Rosulek, Senior, Computer Science