Des Moines Area Luncheon and Speaker Series

The Des Moines Area Luncheon and Speaker Series is open to all alumni, parents, and friends of the college. Please join us for this great opportunity to network and socialize with others in the Des Moines area and learn from interesting and dynamic speakers. 

Friday, April 20, 2018
Windsor Heights Community Center

11:00 a.m. Registration
11:30 a.m. Buffet luncheon begins
12:00 p.m. Program
  1:00 p.m. Event ends

Speaker: Andrew Last '97, Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music, Luther College 

After graduating from Luther in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in music education, Last went on to earn a master's degree in choral conducting from Northern Arizona University and the Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music.

This fall, Dr. Last began his new duties as director of choral activities and conductor of the Nordic Choir. Since 2012, Last has served as associate professor of music at Luther, conducting Collegiate Chorale and the first-year men's ensemble Norsemen. He also teaches conducting and high school choral methods, and serves as camp director of Dorian Summer Music Camp.  Last is a member of the honor societies Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Kappa Phi, as well as the American Choral Directors Association.

Created in 1946, the Luther College Nordic Choir gained international recognition for its musical excellence during the storied 57-year tenure of the late Weston Noble '43, who retired in 2005 and passed away December 21, 2016. Last succeeds Allen Hightower, who served Luther from 2010-16. Nordic Choir is Luther's flagship choir in a choral program that comprised three upper-class mixed touring choirs, two first-year choirs, and a women's choir. Traditions within the Nordic Choir include holding hands during all performances, the sapphire blue velvet robes, and singing Pavel Chesnokov's O Lord God as the signature benedictory since 1948.

Cost: $15.00 per person. Please register online by the end of the day on Wednesday, April 18th.

Windsor Heights Community Center
6900 School Street, Colby Park
Windsor Heights, Iowa
515-645-6821

The luncheon dates for Spring Semester 2018 are:
Friday, February 16th, 2018 -
Chris Dahl '05, Program Coordinator, Riverside Bible Camp
Friday, March 16th, 2018 -
Lisa Scott, Dean for Institutional Equity and Inclusion, and Wintlett Taylor-Browne, Director of Diversity Center, Luther College
Friday, April 20th, 2018 - Andrew Last '97, Associate Professor of Music and Conductor of Nordic Choir, Luther College

Planning Committee:
Eric Carlson '89, Kris Gregersen '82, Jerry Jaeger '09, Cara Kennedy-Ode '94, John Kenworthy '88, Suzanne (Roverud) Mineck '96, Becky (Linnevold) Shaw '71, Anjie Shutts '93

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