Directors


Justin Sands
Justin Sands is the Director of Choirs and Music Department Chair at Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where he joined the music faculty in 2011. He serves as the co-director of Prairie's Concert Choir, Concert Chorale, and Chamber Choir.  He also directs The Ambassadors, the varsity show choir, assists with Focal Point, the prep show choir, and co-teaches other  choirs and courses in the music department.  Choirs and show choirs under his direction have competed successfully at the state, regional, and national levels.  In 2016, the Prairie High School Concert Chorale was honored to be a featured choir at the Dorian Choral Invitational at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.  In 2019, the Prairie Chamber Choir was named Grand Champion of the Concert Choir Division at Heart of America’s Nashville Competition. Additionally, Mr. Sands has also enjoyed being on the staff at the Southern Experience Show Choir Camp at the University of Southern Mississippi.    


Mr. Sands received his bachelor's degree in vocal music from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and a Master of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. He has also completed additional coursework through the University of Colorado.  He previously taught at Kennedy High School, also in Cedar Rapids.  In 2013, Sands was named Best New Director as part of FAME’s Aspire Awards, and in 2014 he was honored to direct the Missouri All-State Show Choir.  In the summer of 2019, Sands enjoyed presenting at the Iowa Choral Directors Summer Convention.  His wife, Meghan, and his children, August and Finlee, are the joys of his life.



Kelsey Legore
Mrs. Legore joined the Prairie High School music faculty in 2017. After singing extensively and earning a degree at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, she spent three years directing middle school choirs in the Linn-Mar district.  Mrs. Legore is a proud alum of Urbandale High School's Vitality and Studio show choirs, Luther College Nordic Choir, and Luther College Opera.  Additionally, Mrs. Legore has begun a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting through Simpson College.  In her free time, she enjoys biking, cooking, and doing jigsaw puzzles with her husband, Ben.  

At Prairie, Mrs. Legore co-directs Concert Choir, Concert Chorale, and Chamber Choir as well as the show choirs, Focal Point and The Ambassadors.