May 2, 2012
Luther College Norsemen and Decorah's Luren Singing Society will perform a joint concert Sunday, May 6 at 4 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus.
The concert is open to the public. A free will offering will be accepted to support the Timothy and Sandra Peter Music Leadership Award.
In addition to the performances by Norsemen and the Luren Singers, the concert features the Viking Voices from Decorah Middle School and select men's ensembles from Decorah High School. Each ensemble will sing sacred and secular four-part repertoire. The concert will conclude with nearly 200 men singing together on the main stage.
Conducted by Timothy Peter, Luther professor of music, Norsemen is the Luther first-year men's choir consisting of approximately 90 men selected by audition.
Norsemen perform at the annual "Christmas at Luther" program, assist in Sunday and daily chapel worship, and present a spring program with Aurora, Luther's choral ensemble for first-year women. The ensemble also travels off campus throughout the year to sing for worship services at area churches.
Conducted by David Judisch, Luther professor of music, the Luren Singers are a vocal ensemble of men from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Founded in 1874 and based in Decorah, the Luren Singers are North America's oldest Norwegian-American male chorus. They perform concerts throughout the Midwest, and participate in the biannual "Sangerfest" for Norwegian-American vocal ensembles.
Viking Voices is conducted by Dean Beckman and Decorah High School men's ensemble conductor is Jason Rausch.
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 students participate 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.