Choral music traditions in the upper Midwest are indelibly linked to the musical heritage
of Nordic immigrants. Of the six schools of thought cited as subcultures within American choral music, the most influential and long-lasting may well be the one founded and guided by Norwegian conductor and composer F. Melius Christiansen. Christiansen's reach in this part of the choral world is pervasive. Participants will investigate the "Lutheran Choral Tradition" - it's players, style features, impact, status, and future. Participants will engage in reading, listening, discussion, and singing at a level suitable for folks of all interest and ability levels.
Mark Potvin ’01 A native of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, Mark Potvin is conductor of Cathedral Choir and Norskkor at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He holds a DMA in Music Education from Boston University (Boston, MA), a MM in Choral Conducting from St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud, MN), and a BA in Music from Luther College. At Luther College, Dr. Potvin teaches conducting, secondary choral methods, musical theatre, and assists in the supervision of student teachers. He is actively involved with the award-winning productions of Christmas at Luther as a member of the artistic team, technical director, and primary drama coach. Dr. Potvin has co-chaired the department’s COVID-19 task force since May 2020 and helped shape the protocols that have safely guided music operations during the pandemic. He also facilitates the work of the faculty music marketing team and coordinates that work with campus-wide marketing and communications efforts.