Luther College Nordic Choir will perform at the March 2014 North Central Division Convention of the American Choral Director's Association in Des Moines, Iowa. The exact date and time of the performance will be announced at a later date.
The convention theme is "Celebrating choral diversity—our many songs, our many paths, our many voices." James B. Kinchen, Jr., current president of NC-ACDA, said: "We will seek to attend, examine, honor and celebrate diversity in the choral art in all the ways that it occurs, and in all the ways that it gives variety, interest, inclusiveness, accessibility, relevance, vitality and strength to our choral community."
This performance will closely follow Nordic Choir's February 2014 tour of Texas and the Midwest featuring concerts in Memphis, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Kansas City and Minneapolis. Founded in 1946, Nordic Choir enjoys national and international acclaim as a premier collegiate choral ensemble in the United States.
The choir tours annually and has performed around the world, appearing in the Baltic countries, the Caribbean, England, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Romania and Russia. Nordic Choir has also appeared throughout the United States, performing in such well-known concert halls as Lincoln Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Allen Hightower, director of choral activities and professor of music at Luther, is the conductor of the Nordic Choir, preceded by Craig Arnold and the 57-year tenure of Weston Noble.
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 300 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, church music and performance.