It has been far too long since I have last blogged. Since it has been a while I am going to write a really long post, so it will be in three parts. This post is about Christmas at Luther or as the music department calls it “C@L” or how I call it “Christmas,” since I’m already at Luther.
Being a freshman and never have attended Christmas at Luther I had no idea what to expect, but I knew it was going to be big. My first clue was when we received 5 new pieces of music in one class period, also when over half of the Norsemen calendar had something to do with Christmas at Luther. Rehearsals started 2 weeks before we even left for Thanksgiving. For a few hours on Sunday nights we would shove about 550 people into a recital hall that was built to hold around 300. Lucky for Norsemen we were on stage and had to opportunity to stand for the whole time. Although those rehearsals were intense, the craziest was the 6 hour practice we had on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. This was the first time we were all in the CFL and in our designated singing areas. After that rehearsal it was all downhill, anything and everything on campus had to do with the upcoming concert Luther was getting in the Christmas spirit. We had 3 hour practices each night leading up to the big day, which was the Thursday, to me it felt like an odd day to have a Christmas concert on but I was too excited to care. On that faithful day most music students weren’t thinking about much other than that night. Looking back I can’t say that one night was better than the others, they were all special in their own way. As Dr. Tim Peter said, “Thursday night is exciting because it’s the first concert, Friday is special because there are two concerts in one night and the energy just builds throughout, Saturday is great because you have the whole day to sleep in and do what you want before the concert that night, and Sunday, well Sunday is special because it is the last concert and it is always so emotional.” T.P. was so very right, not that he had any reason not to be, this was his 25th Christmas at Luther, 21 years as a director and four as a student. Every concert was an amazing experience and I am so blessed that I attend a school that has a tradition such as this one.
Speaking of Tim Peter… This will be his last year at Luther College, as many of you know he will be moving to Florida and teaching at Stetson University. This is a huge loss for the Luther College Music Department and a loss for all current and future musicians. But I have to say I could not be happier for Dr. Peter. There are few others who have brought so much love to Luther College. Every time I see Tim Peter a smile appears on my face. His warmth and passion is unmatched. When he first broke the news to Norsemen I was heartbroken and didn’t know what to think, but since then I have realized that this is great for Dr. Peter. He is creating a new chapter in his life and he is going to do some amazing things in Florida. I cannot say I didn’t tear up as he was telling the choir his news and I cannot say I want him to leave Luther but I can say that everyone here will miss him so very much and we all wish him the best of luck with his new endeavor. Thank you Tim Peter.