Oct. 9, 2009
Luther College has released the new Nordic Choir album, “A New Hosanna.” The CD is $20 and available on the Luther music website at http://music.luther.edu/recordings.
“A New Hosanna” features 17 choral and orchestral works performed by the Luther College Nordic Choir, directed by Craig Arnold, Luther professor of music.
The choir’s rendition of Jeffery Van’s “Child of Peace” features Luther 2009 graduate Julia Jenkins, soprano, and Tony Guzman, Luther associate professor of music, guitar.
The CD also features “Kyrie Eleison” from Solemn Mass, Op. 16 by Louis Vierne, featuring Luther 2009 graduate Zachary Busch, organ.
A complete listing of tracks with select audio samples and online ordering information can be found at http://music.luther.edu/recordings/nordic_choir/a_new_hosanna.html. CDs are also available through the Luther Book Shop, (888) 521-5039.
Nordic Choir, founded in 1946, is Luther’s premiere choral ensemble. The choir has toured extensively throughout the United States, performing in countless churches, schools and concert halls, including Lincoln Center, New York; Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.; Orchestra Hall, Chicago; and the Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City.
Nordic Choir has also appeared at national American Choral Directors Association conventions in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Kansas City, and at the Music Educators National Conference in Kansas City, Mo. The choir was selected to perform at the 50th anniversary national convention of the ACDA in Oklahoma City, March 2009.
Craig Arnold is Luther’s director of choral activities, conductor of the Luther College Nordic Choir and professor of music. He is the founder of the musical celebration now known as Christmas at Luther, along with four of the college’s current vocal music ensembles. Arnold served as the music director of Manhattan Concert Productions and conductor of the New York City Chorale and Chamber Orchestra. He served as director of choral activities at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
Arnold holds the doctorate in conducting from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York; the master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and the bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.
Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with seven choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and nearly 1,000 student musicians.
Luther’s students perform in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 350 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, church music and performance.