RealGroup 2018

2018 - The SMV Real Group Festival for Vocal Jazz, A Cappela, Chamber, and Madrigal Choirs

The Real Group (pictured above) will be performing in concert during the School for Music Vocations' vocal jazz fest on Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7, 2018.  

Ticket prices are as follows:

General Public, 7 p.m. concert - $25/ticket
Non-Performing Participant: 9:15 p.m. concert - $21/ticket
BOTH concerts - $38/ticket

* Please note: ticket cost cannot be refunded after purchase.

Ticket information, as well as information about how to register your choir or music group for The SMV Real Group Festival, is located at

Accent Acappella Group members

2017 Fox Fest

Accent, an international jazz a cappella group, will be performing during the School for Music Vocations' 2017 Fox Fest, on Friday, March 3, at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. at Southwestern Community College’s Performing Arts Center in Creston. SMV ensembles Audio Radiance and Harmonic Convergence will open the concerts.  Tickets are $25 each.  For group ticket rates, please contact Ryan Howe, instructor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 641.782.1454.

According to their website, Accent began in 2011 as a one-time Internet collaboration among a cappella vocalists from five different countries. These musicians had stumbled upon each other on YouTube through a common love for close harmony vocal groups of the 20th century. Eventually, they decided to produce a collaborative video from their respective homes. Following that first project, the group continued to work together, communicating solely through Facebook and email. In 2014, the group was invited to meet and perform live for the very first time in Sweden. After a rousing success, the members have continued to perform live and released their debut EP entitled Here We Are in 2015. Accent is truly a success story of the modern age.

2016 Fox Fest

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The Real Group, a world renowned five-member a cappella ensemble from Sweden, will be performing two concerts on Fri., April 8, at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., at Southwestern Community College’s Performing Arts Center in Creston.  The performances are open to the public.  Tickets are $25 each.

The Real Group will be guest artists at Southwestern’s Fox Fest, a two-day festival, April 8 and 9, hosted by the college’s professional music department.  Fox Fest, named after former Southwestern music instructor and Grammy-nominee Jeremy Fox, offers students’ opportunities to perform, attend jazz clinics, and participate in sessions and workshops focused on music performance.  Approximately 40 student groups from across the country are expected to attend Fox Fest 2016.

Tickets for the concerts may be purchased through a printed ticket form at or by calling Southwestern’s business office at 641.782.1448. 

2014 Vocal Jazz Festival - Fox Fest

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Read more about the 2014 Fox Fest

2013 Vocal Jazz Festival - Fox Fest

Groove4ThoughtThe seven singers of Groove for Thought will be the guest artists for the 2013 Fox Fest, SWCC's Vocal Jazz Fest, which is scheduled for February 22 and 23 at Southwestern Community College. 

Known most widely for their work on NBC’s hit television show, The Sing-Off, the seven singers of Groove for Thought have been blowing audiences away for more than 10 years. They will be headlining concerts each evening of Fox Fest at 7:30 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center at SWCC.  

Ticket information for the 7:30 p.m. evening concerts is located at   

Read the news release.

2012 Vocal Jazz Festival - Fox Fest

Guest artists announced for 2012--The Four Freshman and Nancy King.  Fox Fest will be held Fri., February 24, and Sat., February 25, at Southwestern Community College's Creston campus

Read the news release for concert information.  Learn more about The Four Freshman and Nancy King.

The SWCC Vocal Jazz Fest, now known as Fox Fest, will encompass two full days of clinics and hands-on workshops.  High school and college ensembles from across the United States and Canada will participate in the festival.  For complete Jazz Festival information visit

2011 Vocal Jazz Festival

New York VoicesCreston, IOWA—The New York Voices, a Grammy Award winning vocal ensemble, will headline the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) 14th Annual Vocal Jazz Fest concerts on Friday, February 25, and Saturday, February 26, at 7:30 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center.  Limited tickets will be available to the public each night at a cost of $25 per ticket.

The New York Voices are renowned for their excellence in jazz and the art of group singing.  Their interests are rooted in jazz, but often Brazilian, R&B, classical, and pop influences are included with equal creativity and authenticity.  The New York Voices has traveled the globe and appeared on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Austria Opera House, and The Zurich Opera House.

The SWCC Vocal Jazz Fest will encompass two full days of clinics and hands-on workshops.  High school and college ensembles from across the United States and Canada will participate in the festival.

For more information including the official ticket order form, please visit the “Registration” section of the SWCC Vocal Jazz Fest website at  To pay for concert tickets by credit card, call 641.782.1448.

2010 Vocal Jazz Festival 

2009 Vocal Jazz Festival 

Festival Participants in Workshop SessionMore than 750 people from 10 states were on Southwestern Community College's campus Friday, February 20, and Saturday, February 21, for the 12th Annual SWCC Vocal Jazz Festival.  High school and college singing groups performed in the instructional center during the day, after which clinics were offered by Southwestern's music faculty.  Throughout the day, practical workshops were also presented.

SWCC Vocal Jazz GroupThe featured artists during the event were The Real Group - five singers from Stockholm, Sweden, who are considered to be among the best in the world at singing a cappella (unaccompanied) music.  The Real Group's two evening concerts, both sold-out or close to being sold-out, opened each evening with a few of SWCC's top vocal jazz groups.  The featured artists were brought back by standing ovation for three encore songs each evening.

Rieman Music of Creston/Des Moines was on-hand during the festival selling merchandise as was Hal Leonard, the world's largest music publishing company, based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

In addition, every hotel in Creston was booked solid for three nights.

For more photos from this event, please visit SWCC on Facebook at!

The Real GroupSWCC Vocal Jazz Group Performing