'Choral Singing in Namibia and South Africa' homecoming concert

Luther College students will share their January term experiences with the community through song and reflective journal readings at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in the Noble Recital Hall.

The homecoming concert will be presented by students currently studying in the "Choral Singing in Namibia and South Africa" January term class led by Gregory Peterson, Luther associate professor of music and college organist, and Andrew Last, Luther assistant professor of music.

The group consists of 23 singers who will perform music by Gottfried Homelius, Knut Nystedt, Alice Parker and Robert Shaw, Jean Sibelius and Paul J. Christiansen, as well as indigenous music from Namibia and South Africa, including "Hope for Resolution." Selected reflections from student course journals and faculty comments will be interspersed throughout the musical selections.

The "Choral Singing in Namibia and South Africa" course promotes intercultural exchange through music. Students learn and present music from the western tradition and learn traditional Namibian and South African music in the local language. The learning takes place in church services, through choral exchanges and concerts, school and hospital visits and informal settings. Students also have opportunities to learn about the history of Namibia, its fight for independence and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, through visits to sites of cultural and historic importance.

Students traveled from Decorah, Iowa to Cape Town, South Africa, with travel stops in Windhoek and Ondangwa, Namibia and Etosha National Park.

Luther College is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with seven choirs, three orchestras, three bands, four jazz groups and nearly 1,000 student musicians. Luther 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.

Andrew Last, assistant professor of music