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Luther College Nordic Choir and alumni perform and present at conference


Wed, Mar 12th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa – Luther College's Nordic Choir will perform and Luther alumni will give presentations at the North Central-American Choral Directors Association Conference held in Des Moines, Iowa, March 19–22.

The Nordic Choir, conducted by Allen Hightower, has been invited to perform for the conference at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, in the St. Ambrose Cathedral, 607 High St.

Weston Noble, Luther class of 1943, and Luther College Johnson Professor of Music Emeritus, will present two sessions at the conference: "Vulnerability–a Hidden Gift of Music," is at 4:45 p.m. Friday, March 21, in the Renaissance Savery Hotel; 401 Locust St. "The Choral Conductor as Mentor and Pastor," is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, in the Marriott Hotel, Salon A, B, C and D, 700 Grand Avenue. This session also features Allen Hightower and the Nordic Choir.

Jennaya Robison, assistant professor of music at Luther and class of 1996, will present "Exploring Diverse Tonal Potentials in the Choral Ensemble: Strategies that Allow Developing and Mature Singers to Sing Freely in the Ensemble" at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, in the Marriott Hotel, Waterloo Room.

Luther alumni conducting performances at the conference include Greg Douma, Luther class of 1998, with the Eastview High School Concert Choir from Apple Valley, Minn., at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 20, in the St. Ambrose Cathedral; Mark Potvin, Luther class of 2001, with the Princeton High School Concert Choir from Princeton, Minn., at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 21, in the St. Ambrose Cathedral; Ryan Person, Luther class of 2005, with the Iowa City West Singers from Iowa City, Iowa, at 3 p.m. Friday, March 21, in the St. Ambrose Cathedral; and Jason Rausch, Luther class of 1998, with the Decorah High School Concert Choir from Decorah, Iowa, at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22, in the Scottish Rite Consistory Building, 519 Park St.

The theme of the 2014 North Central-ACDA conference is "Celebrate Choral Diversity" and features a wide variety of presenters and performers. For more information about the ACDA and the North Central Conference, visit http://ncacda.org/.

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