Nordic Choir, founded in 1946, enjoys national and international acclaim as a premier collegiate choral ensemble in the United States. Following the 57-year tenure of Weston Noble, Nordic is currently under the direction of Dr. Allen Hightower, named director of choral activities at Luther College in 2010.
Nordic Choir tours extensively throughout the United States, performing in countless churches, schools, and concert halls, including Lincoln Center, New York; Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.; Orchestra Hall, Chicago; Orchestra Hall and the Historic State Theatre, Minneapolis; the Ordway Music Theatre, St. Paul, Minn.; Walt Disney concert Hall and the Crystal Cathedral, Los Angeles; and the Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City. Nordic Choir has also appeared at American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) national conventions in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Kansas City, and at the Music Educators National Conference in Kansas City, Mo. The choir was selected to perform at the 50th anniversary national convention of the ACDA in Oklahoma City, March 2009, and the upcoming North Central division convention in Des Moines, March 2014.
Nordic Choir has made numerous concert tours of Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Russia, and Eastern Europe. In 2000 and 2003, the choir revisited the college’s founding roots with tours to Norway and Scandinavia. In 2006, Nordic Choir toured Europe with concerts in Italy, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. Nordic Choir was featured in concert throughout France, Spain, and Italy in May 2009. Most recently the choir toured Ireland and England in May 2012. Other notable appearances for Nordic Choir include a performance of the Mozart Requiem with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2001, Chichester Psalms with the Des Moines Symphony in 2003, and St. John's Passion with Orchestra Iowa in 2012.
Nordic Choir has also recorded extensively, releasing at least one CD per year. Recent titles include Go, Lovely Rose; Holy, Radiant Light; Here I Am, Lord; We Sing with Joy; A New Hosanna; In the Beginning; Everlasting God; and The Road Home. Nordic Choir performances are also included on the CD and DVD of Christmas at Luther 2012: Tidings of Comfort and Joy, as well as the 2013 and 2011 Christmas at Luther CDs. Christmas at Luther 2012 was filmed by Twin Cities Public Television and aired nationwide on PBS stations in December 2012. It was the highest-rated holiday program of all time for Twin Cities Public Television.
Auditions for Nordic Choir are held annually.
Nordic Choir rehearses MWF 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. and TTh 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Rehearsal location for Nordic Choir is in the Choir Room.
Composed by Alexander Gretchaninoff