October 25th is the day when several hundred high school choir students from the conference descend on Fairfield High School for the annual Conference Vocal Festival. The students will have been practicing the music for this concert since the beginning of the school year. Featured will be the music of Mozart, specifically his "Sparrow" Mass and his motet "Ave Verum Corpus." Six schools will be present: Fairfield, Mt. Pleasant, Washington, Ft. Madison, Keokuk and Ottumwa. The students will rehearse all day with a guest conductor, followed by the 7:00 pm concert in the FHS gym. Another unique feature of this event is that the mass choir will be performing their Mozart pieces with an orchestra, and special soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists. Each school will also be performing a song individually. This may be one of the only times many of these high schoolers get to perform with an orchestra, which makes it fairly special.