Muscatine High School’s show choir program will be hosting their annual show choir invitational, the River City Showcase, on Saturday, January 13. This is an annual project that the show choirs host in order to raise money for their choir program. In the showcase, other show choirs around the country come and compete against one another, with a featured performance from Muscatine’s show choirs. This year, 17 show choirs from five states are attending Saturday’s competition.

Muscatine High School has two show choirs. One group is an all-female group called “Encore!” and the other is a group of boys and girls called “River City Rhythm.” These two groups travel throughout January and February competing against other schools and as well as giving local performances for the community.

Parents, students, and choir staff work on the River City Showcase all year as this is the choir’s main fundraiser. The proceeds from this competition pay for costumes, robe cleaning, the cost of traveling to other competitions, and much more. The students’ roles are working the night before as well as all day at the competition. Every show choir student is required to attend and volunteer at the showcase. The students all sign up for a job to do the day of the contest. This could be the admission counter, concessions, or hosting an out-of-town group that is competing, getting them where they need to be in order for their day to go smoothly.

The Showcase can raise anywhere between $17,000 to $21,000 for the program, depending on how many groups attend. Without this event, Muscatine High School would not be able to financially support one, let alone two show choirs. If you are interested in volunteering or donating to the choir program, contact Jonathan Ryan at [email protected]