Doublewide is one of five choral ensembles at Doane University, and consists of fourteen members. The name of the group is derived from its original size of eight singers, a double quartet. Directed by Dr. Kurt Runestad, Director of Choral Activities at Doane, Doublewide sings in a variety of a cappella genres, but focusing on popular styles: barbershop, doo-wop, gospel, spirituals, and vocal jazz. Auditions for the group occur each fall and the group rehearses twice a week throughout the academic year.
Doublewide tours twice annually, once with Doane Choir in the late winter and again in the spring with Doane’s jazzchoir, Jazz Unlimited. The group has performed in about 20 states and 10 countries over the last decade, and also sang at the NMEA fall music convention in 2005. Their self-titled CD was released early in 2011 and is available on iTunes and Amazon.