Aurora is one of six auditioned choral ensembles at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Established in 1981, the group is comprised of first-year women, selected each fall by audition. They perform on and off-campus for worship services, participate in the annual Christmas at Luther concert, the Dorian Vocal Festival, and present a spring concert with the Norsemen, Luther's choral ensemble for first-year men. The choir has also participated in Luther performances of major choral/orchestral works, such as Beethoven's Mass in C major and Bach's The Passion according to St. John.
Aurora has performed at several North Central American Choral Directors Association conferences. The ensemble is featured on an instructional DVD accompanying the book, Conducting Women’s Choirs: Strategies for Success by GIA Publications. The Aurora recording Finding a Voice (2006) is available online and through the Luther College Book Shop.
Actively involved in the process of creating new music, Aurora has premiered works by composers such as Libby Larsen, Ola Gjeilo, Jocelyn Hagen, Shawn Kirchner, Kevin Jay Isaacs, Abbie Betinis, Gwyneth Walker, Mack Wilberg, Daniel Kallman, Ben Allaway and Melba Williamson. The choir has been a member of the ACDA Women’s Commissioning Consortium since 2009.
The word Aurora, Latin for dawn, represents the first light of day, or for these women, the beginning of their college experience and journey as independent scholars.
Aurora is conducted by Dr. Jennaya Robison.
Aurora rehearses MWF 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Rehearsal location for Aurora is in the Choir Room.