March 4, 2010
The Luther College Norsemen and Cathedral Choir ensembles will perform at the North Central American Choral Directors Association conference in Minneapolis on Friday, March 5.
Norsemen, conducted by Timothy Peter, will perform at Orchestra Hall at 4:15 p.m. Cathedral Choir, conducted by Sandra Peter, is the demonstration choir at a conference session titled “The music of Eric Whitacre” at 2 p.m. in Loring Ballroom of the Millennium Hotel.
The Norsemen will present a 25-minute program of repertoire to an ADCA audience that is expected to fill Orchestra Hall. This is the Norsemen’s third appearance at a regional ACDA conference.
Eric Whitacre will conduct Cathedral Choir at the ensemble’s afternoon presentation. Among the selections will be the world premiere of “Very soon,” excerpted from a Whitacre oratorio. The presentation will be the choir’s first appearance at a professional conference.
The Luther ensembles were selected to present at the six-state ACDA conference through a competitive audition process.
Norsemen is Luther’s first-year men’s choir consisting of approximately 90 men selected by audition. Conductor Timothy Peter, head of the music department and professor of music at Luther, also conducts Collegiate Chorale, a 90-voice select choral ensemble.
Cathedral Choir is composed of 100 select sophomore singers. Conductor Sandra Peter, assistant professor of music at Luther, teaches introductory and advanced choral conducting and also conducts Aurora, the college’s 100-voice first-year women’s ensemble.