Luther College President Paula J. Carlson and the Rev. Dr. Thomas Schattauer invite you to join them on a 12-day companion tour in conjunction with the Nordic Choir Performance Tour of Germany and Czechia.
The tour will include attending all Nordic Choir performances. The first stop on the tour will be Eisenach, home of Wartburg Castle. Other cities on the tour will include Leipzig, one of Germany's fastest growing cities with interesting stops such as Bach's Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church); Wittenberg, where Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenburg Castle Church in 1517; Berlin, with a rich history and beautiful highlights like the Brandenburg Gate; Dresden, lying on both sides of the Elbe River it boasts the reconstructed Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady); and Prague, the capital of Czechia and home to the magnificent Prague Castle District.
Dr. Paula J. Carlson, President of Luther College
Dr. Carlson began her official duties at Luther College in July of 2014. A 1976 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Olaf College, she holds a Master of Arts degree, a Master of Philosophy degree, and a doctorate in English and comparative literature from Columbia University. Before being appointed Luther's president, Dr. Carlson served as vice president for mission at St. Olaf College.
Rev. Dr. Thomas Schattauer
The Rev. Dr. Thomas Schattauer is a professor of liturgics and dean of the Chapel at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.
Dr. Andrew Last '97, Conductor
Dr. Andrew Last is an Assistant Professor of Music at Luther College where he conducts the Nordic Choir, as well as teaches conducting. He also serves as the Director of Choral Activities at Luther College and as Camp Director for the Dorian Summer Camps. Last is part of a vital choral program at Luther College that includes four choral faculty, nearly 600 singers, six choral ensembles, numerous regional and national ACDA convention performances, and annually presents the nationally broadcast Christmas at Luther performances.
Luther College Nordic Choir
Nordic Choir, founded in 1946, enjoys national and international acclaim as a premier collegiate choral ensemble in the United States. The choir begins its tenure under the direction of Dr. Andrew Last this year. Last arrived at Luther in the fall of 2012 and began his role as Director of Choral Activities in 2017. Previous conductors include Sigvart Steen (1946-48), Weston Noble '43 (1948-2005), Craig Arnold (2005-10), and Allen Hightower (2010-16). Nordic Choir is Luther’s flagship choir in a choral program that comprises three upper-class mixed touring choirs, two first-year choirs, and a women’s choir.