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Iowa Lakes Community College First ever Music Hall of Fame inducts four

Ceremony includes concert

April 15, 2019
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

The Iowa Lakes Community College Music Department raised voices and instruments to four individuals who have had a major impact Friday night. Marian Brunsvold, Mark Lair, Jeannene Larson, and Lynn Peterson are the Class of 2019 in what is designed to become an annual event.

Marian Brunsvold was given the Coda Award for the nominee who has committed an endless amount of time to Iowa Lakes music. Known to many students as "Grandma Marian," always ready to welcome students and offer a hug. Brunsvold brought her famous scotcheroos to the first Iowa Lakes music department coffeehouse and to many thereafter. Brunsvold was involved in numerous musical productions at the college.

Mark Lair was given the Cadenza award for the nominee who has significantly influenced the work of musicians, music lovers, and the society at Large. Lair played the lead in the college's 2018 musical, "1940s Radio Hour." Well-known for his performances around the area, Lair was hailed for his energy and inspiration to musical castmates and student musicians to whom he has given hours of his time.

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Jeannene Larson was given the Virtuoso award for the nominee who has made an extraordinary impact on the development and growth of the college's music department. Larson had the leading role as Queen Aggravain in "Once Upon a Mattress, and the Fairy Godmother in "Cinderella. Through work in set painting, costume design, and her encouragement to students, Larson earned the honor by being there, nominators said.

Lynn Peterson was given the Sfrozando Award for Innovation. Peterson said she frequented local thrift stores for costume fabric and elements. "It was a way to throw a rock at two birds," Peterson said. Peterson related the story of the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for the 2016 musical coming from a duvet cover, bedsheets, and gold fabric found at the closeout of a fabric store in the Twin Cities. Nominators said Peterson has spent hours repairing and refurbishing costumes for musicals, madrigal as well as the tuxedos used in various events.

Nominations for the 2020 awards are now being accepted on the Iowa Lakes Community College music department website.



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