Luther College to host the Dorian Invitational Choral Festival

Luther College will host the Dorian Invitational Choral Festival April 9. Four high school choirs from the Upper Midwest were invited to come to the Luther campus to create one massed choir and work with Luther choral directors throughout the day.

The Dorian Invitational Choral Festival Concert will begin with the individual choirs performing at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. At 4:45 p.m., the Luther College Nordic Choir will perform and at 5:05 p.m. the festival massed choir performance will conclude the festival. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The four high school choirs that will be participating are: Cedar Falls High School from Cedar Falls, Iowa, under the direction of Eliott Kranz, Luther class of 2003; Princeton High School from Princeton, Minn., under the direction of Mark Potvin, Luther class of 2001; Totino-Grace High School from Fridley, Minn., under the direction of Terry Voss; and La Crosse Central High School from La Crosse, Wis., under the direction of Mike Esser.

Each year the festival aims to create an environment where students can sing in a large group of talented musicians working toward a common musical goal and allow excellent high school choirs a chance to hear and learn from each other.

The Dorian Festivals began in 1949 when Weston Noble, Johnson Professor Emeritus of Music, invited 20 schools in the region to bring a few select band students to the Luther campus to participate in a two-day honor band festival, called the Dorian Band Festival. A year later a vocal festival was added. Since then the Dorian Festivals and camps have grown in scope and participation, with more than 90,000 students sharing in the Dorian experience. Luther now offers five Dorian festivals: keyboard, vocal, orchestra, band and choral invitational.

Luther College is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two 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 300 music majors study music theory, music history, education, composition, church music and performance.