DeKalb Choirs has a rich history of vocal music in Indiana. The DHS vocal music program is comprised of two distinguished show choirs, one traveling ensemble, and two reputable concert choirs.
Classic Connection is an elite group of approximately 50 girls and boys from DeKalb High School in Waterloo, Indiana. This award-winning ensemble has been in competition for over 30 years. Their motto is E Pluribus Unum “Out of many, one”.
In October of 2010, Classic Connection was named one of the 10 favorite show choirs in America by readers of Parade Magazine.
In 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2013 – Classic Connection was named Class B State Champion in the ISSMA State Show Choir Finals. Classic Connection was named the State Runner-Up in 2005, 2006, 2012, 2014, and 2015.
Classic Connection was an ISSMA State Show Choirs Finalist in 2007, 2008, 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Sound Sensation is a prestigious group of young ladies from DeKalb High School in Waterloo, Indiana. This award-winning ensemble has been in competition for over 20 years and is comprised of approximately 50 singer/dancers. In 2009, 2010 & 2011 they were crowned State Champion in the ISSMA Class B Show Choir State Competition. They were named State Runner-Up in 2013, 2014, and 2016. In 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2015, 2017, and 2018 Sound Sensation were State Finalists.
Dynamix is a small traveling ensemble that performs throughout Northeast Indiana providing top quality entertainment for all types of events that appeal to all ages. This group was created in 1997 as a way to get the DHS choral department out into the community.
They perform 2 types of shows a year – a 20-minute show featuring American music throughout the ages and a 20 minute Christmas show featuring all of your favorite holiday characters. They also appear at the Memorial Day service in Auburn in tribute to our fighting servicemen & women and at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Pre-Parade activities downtown Auburn on Labor Day Weekend.
The DHS Choral department has 2 concert choirs as well as Sound Sensation, Classic Connection, and Dynamix who convert to concert choirs after show choir season is completed. The Advanced Concert Choir (ACC) is an auditioned ensemble. The other Concert Choir is non-auditioned ensemble made up of students in grades 9-12. The Concert Choir, ACC, Dynamix, Sound Sensation, and Classic Connection competes annually in the spring at the I.S.S.M.A. Organizational competition in Fort Wayne where they perform.
Advanced Concert Choir is an audition-based choir that was formed for students who are preparing for or choose not to belong to one of the show choirs but wants to be involved in a more advanced musical ensemble than the concert choir. Advanced Concert Choir or ACC as it is known, rehearse and perform more difficult music literature than the concert choirs. ACC competes annually at ISSMA events.