Christmas at Luther, also known as "[email protected]," is a pretty big deal at Luther, to the say the least. There are more than 600 students that participate in Luther's premier Christmas program annually, and this year I was lucky enough to be among them.
I had heard about Christmas at Luther before back in Montana and was, in fact, something that drew me to Luther. It should come as no surprise that [email protected] has a reputation that reaches across state lines. [email protected] is broadcasted annually on radio stations across the Midwest.
[email protected] holds a high standard of excellence, and the amount of preparation that went into it reflects that. In the two weeks before [email protected], all six choirs came together to rehearse. Rehearsals were often two hours or more, with a six-hour rehearsal sprinkled in! Between [email protected], basketball, and class, it was no doubt a busy time for me.
However, the result was well worth the preparation. I had been in Christmas concerts back home, but none compared to the scale of [email protected] From the choir to the full symphony orchestra, to the organ, to the bell-ringers, the auditorium came alive with the unique beauty of each song.
It's one thing to be in the audience of a [email protected] performance, and it's another to be on stage. I will never forget my first time walking out onto the risers. As I turned to the audience, I beheld the sight of thousands of beaming faces joined in song with us to "O Come, All Ye Faithful." After the hymn, I gazed across the hall and found it a challenge to spot an empty seat. There is nothing that compares to performing for a packed house; it's truly an exhilarating experience!
Christmas at Luther is one of those events that you will never forget; It's awe-inspiring and serves as a reminder to the wonders of human expression. If you're ever in Decorah in early December, I recommend you come to a [email protected] performance; you won't regret it!