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John Parezo
John Parezo is thrilled to be serving as the first choir and show choir director at the all new Jefferson High School. It is going to be an exciting journey to build this program of excellence with the amazing Jefferson students and staff. He looks forward to getting to work with the fine musicians in the NW part of town!

Most recently, Parezo worked at Roosevelt as the assistant choir director from fall of 2015 to spring of 2021. He was the director of Roosevelt High School’s Chorale, RiderChor and Capitol Harmony show choir. He also co-conducted Mixed and Freshman Choruses. Under his direction, the Roosevelt RiderChor (formerly President's Men) was invited to participate in and served as a featured performance choir for the 2017 Augustana University’s inaugural "Vikesing" Men's Festival, the 2018 South Dakota State University Choral Inservice, and for the 2018 Real Men Sing Men's Choral Festival at Wartburg College. Capitol Harmony show choir earned several grand champion placements in unisex division competition along with numerous evening finals placements.

Prior to his appointment at Roosevelt, Parezo worked with elementary, middle and high school level general music, choirs and show choirs in South Dakota and Iowa. In 2016, Parezo served as the NC-ACDA Middle Level Men’s Honor Choir Co-Chair, and he served as the Technology Chair for the South Dakota chapter of the American Choral Directors Association for five years and is currently the Show Choir Chair for the South Dakota High School Activities Association. Parezo was named Roosevelt High School Assistant Director of the Year for both the 2018-19 and the 2016-2017 school years. He was also the 2017 SD-ACDA Overture Award recipient - an award given to outstanding choral directors in their first five years of teaching.

?Parezo holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from South Dakota State University and is pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Morningside College in Sioux City, IA.

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