Luther College Cathedral Choir to perform tour homecoming concert April 17

Luther College Cathedral Choir will perform Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The first part of the concert will feature Giovanni Palestrina's "Exultate Deo," Edward Bairstow's "Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silence," and "I Sing as I Arise Today" by James Fritschel.

In part two of the concert, the choir will perform Herbert Howells' "Requiem."

After a brief intermission, the concert will conclude with "Weeping Mary" arranged by Brad Holmes, "The Earth Adorned" by Waldemar Ahlen, "VoiceDance" by Greg Jasperse, "I'm Gonna Sing 'Til the Spirit Moves in my Heart" arranged by Moses Hogan, "Beautiful Savior" arranged by F. Melius Christiansen, "Ezekiel Saw the Wheel" arranged by William Dawson and a new arrangement of John Newton's "Amazing Grace" by Amy Englesdorfer, assistant professor of music at Luther.

Directed by Sandra Peter, the Cathedral Choir is one of six auditioned choirs at Luther. The ensemble is comprised of 100 singers, drawn exclusively from the talent of the college's sophomore class.

Cathedral Choir participates actively in campus worship, in the Christmas at Luther concerts and at special events and concerts during the academic year, including an annual spring tour.

The choir performed at the 2010 North Central American Choral Directors Association conference in Minneapolis. At the conference, Cathedral was conducted by Eric Whitacre, in a session focusing on his compositional process.

Cathedral has collaborated with Collegiate Chorale, Nordic Choir and the Luther College Symphony Orchestra to perform major choral/orchestral works such as Brahms' "A german Requiem," Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass" and the 2011 premiere of "Luther Mass" by Stephen Paulus.

Active in the creation of new music, Cathedral has permiered choral works by Ola Gjeilo, Mack Wilberg, Daniel Kallman, Sir David Willcocks, Gwyneth Walker, Ben Allaway, Daniel Pinkham, Eric Whitacre and Steven Paulus.

Peter, associate professor of music at Luther, teaches conducting and ear training and conducts Aurora, a 100-voice first-year women's choir.

In demand as a choral clinician and guest conductor, she has led all-state and honor choirs throughout the United States.

She is a published arranger with the Neil Kjos Company and MorningStar Music and the co-editor of MorningStar's "Luther College Music Series." She is a contributor to "Conducting Women's Choirs: Strategies for Success, forthcoming from GIA Publications.

Peter holds degrees from Concordia College-Moorhead, the University of Arizona and the University of Iowa.

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.

Sandra Peter