Nordic Choir releases new CD, 'We Sing with Joy'

Oct. 29, 2010

Luther College has released the new Nordic Choir album, "We Sing with Joy," a compilation of works performed by Nordic Choir on their 2010 West Coast Tour and on-campus performances.

The CD is $20 and available on the Luther website at http://www.luther.edu/music/recordings/. CDs are also available through the Luther Book Shop, (888) 521-5039.

"We Sing with Joy" features 17 choral and orchestral works performed by the Luther College Nordic Choir, directed by Craig Arnold, former Luther professor of music.

Audio tracks on the album include "Praise To The Lord" arranged by F. Melius Christiansen, "Unicornis Captivatur" by Ola Gjeilo, "How Great Are Thy Wonders" by Georg Schumann, "Sanctus" (from Mass) by Frank Martin, "Serenade to Music" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, "Hymn to St. Cecilia" movements 1 and 2 by Benjamin Britten, "O Lord God" by Paul Tschesnokoff, "Immortal, Invisible" arranged by Craig Courtney, "The Dying Soldier" arranged by Nigel Short, "Where Your Barefoot Walks" by David Childs, "Awake O North Wind" by Daniel Pinkham, "All My Heart This Night Rejoices" by Z. Randall Stroope, "How Can I Keep From Singing" arranged by Taylor Davis, "You Are the Music" by Dan Forrest, "Hermandad" arranged by Dorothy Papadakos, and "Ev’ry Time I Feel The Spirit" arranged by William Dawson.

Nordic Choir, founded in 1946, is Luther's premier 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 appeared at national American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conventions in Los Angeles, Calif.; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Kansas City, Mo.; 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 in 2009.

Nordic Choir also records extensively, releasing at least one CD per year. Recent titles include "A New Hosanna," "In the Beginning," "Everlasting God" and "The Road Home."

Craig Arnold was Luther's director of choral activities, conductor of the Luther College Nordic Choir and professor of music from 2005-10. Allen Hightower, Ph.D., Luther professor of music, became artistic director and conductor of Nordic Choir in 2010.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with six choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and numerous chamber ensembles, totaling 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.