To This Day: Remembering Nordic Choir's First International Tour

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - Homecoming Weekend

2:00 p.m. - Documentary Viewing/Noble Recital Hall, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music

It's a tale of adventure on the high seas, of stolen passports and international intrigue, of uncommon beauty and international goodwill. As part of a three-year student/faculty collaborative project, Aiden Spencer '18 and Jacqueline Wilkie, Luther professor of history, created this special documentary. The film starts with a parade of students passing under an arch, then goofing around on a bus. Decades before people became immune to the presence of a camera, students take turns making faces, popping up like a jack-in-the-box in front of the lens, throwing arms around shoulders. There's Weston Noble '43 in the back, jammed amid four or five singers, making bunny ears and holding up a shoeless foot. Even fifty years later, the group's joy is palpable.

In 1967, a group of about 100 Norse - Nordic Choir singers and instrumentalists, students on a study-away course, staff, and alumni - chartered a plane and took off for a whopping six-week tour of Norway and East and West Germany. It was the first international tour by a Luther choir, and it was a big deal, garnering national and international press. 

Please join us for the official viewing of the documentary in honor of the 50th anniversary of Nordic Choir's first international tour.

This event is open to everyone.

9:30 p.m. - Reception/Home of Carol Birkland '67 and Thomas Woxland, 1018 Walnut Street, Decorah

Following the Class of 1967 Reunion Dinner celebration at Luther, please join Carol and her husband, Tom, for a reception at their home in Decorah. This will be a great chance to share memories from Nordic Choir's first international tour and to reconnect with Luther classmates and friends.

This event is open to the 1967 Nordic Choir International Tour members and their families.