Our directors give us motivation and direction in our singing, as well as teaching and enforcing good singing methods. We are very fortunate to have three very talented men at the helm of our chorus.

Our Director Jayson Ryner judging the 2014 International Contest in Las Vegas, NV

Our Director Jayson Ryner judging the 2014 International Contest in Las Vegas, NV

Director – Jayson Ryner: Jayson Ryner is director of Choral Activites at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, IA. He holds BA and MM degrees from the University of Northern Iowa where he studied conducting with Dr. Bruce Chamberlain. At NIACC, Jayson directs the NIACC Concert Choir and the NIACC Singers. Also, he teaches Applied Voice, Aural Skills and Sight Singing. Prior to his tenure at NIACC, Jayson taught 7-12 vocal music for seven years in the South Winneshiek and Rudd, Rockford, Marble Rock Community School Districts. He is a certified music category judge and an accomplished arranger of many barbershop pieces for both our chorus and internationally-known quartets. He sings bass with the quartet, Indigo Nights. Jayson resides in Nora Springs, IA with his wife Sarah and his two sons, Jordan and Gavin.



Jesse Headshot - Version 3Jesse Bunge is a 2011 graduate of Luther College in Decorah, IA. While at Luther he sang with the world renowned Nordic Choir under the direction of Dr. Craig Arnold in 2009 and Dr. Allen Hightower in 2010. Since his graduation Bunge has dove headfirst into music teaching. He has had great success at Hampton Dumont where he is the director of the 7-12 choir program. His groups have already earned multiple division I ratings and the honor of “best of center” at small group competition. He is a guest lecturer at Wartburg College and is also the artistic director of the Franklin Chorale, which is now in its 38th year of performing in Hampton. This year the Chorale will perform a spring concert at the end of April. While Bunge has only been in barbershop for a little over a year, he has found great success with the River City Chorus and is on his way to receiving his barbershop directors certification.