Photo by Michael Hudson Photography

Photo by Michael Hudson Photography


By Julie Duffin


Singing and dancing have always come easy for Nicholas Janssen. He developed a love for performing at an early age that flourished during his high school show choir years. Now, as the instructional coordinator of fine arts and director of vocal music at Naperville North High School, he brings that experience to area students. On February 17 the school will host its third annual Clash of the Sequins national show choir competition.

People have been introduced to show choir competitions thanks to shows and movies like “Glee” and “Pitch Perfect.” Tell us a little bit about this world.
If you haven’t been involved in competitive high school show choir, you don’t realize how huge this world is. Choirs travel around the country competing in regional, national and international contests. Each group puts on a 20-minute performance, complete with costume changes, concert lighting and even special effects. It’s like Beyoncé meets a giant Vegas production.

How did Clash of the Sequins come to fruition?
When North’s show choir started competing five years ago, a group of parents suggested

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