Feb. 18, 2011
The Luther College Norsemen chorus will perform at the biannual national conference of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) in Chicago March 9-12.
Of hundreds of choirs that were considered, Norsemen is one of eight college and university choirs invited to perform at the conference.
The ensemble is one of only two college-level men's choruses presenting a concert session on the main stage.
Norsemen will perform for nearly 5,000 audience members at Orchestra Hall–Chicago and the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University.
The program will include sacred repertoire from Russia, Germany and Kenya, as well as American spirituals and folk songs.
Luther music faculty members Du Huang and Xiao Hu will perform as collaborative keyboard artists.
Norsemen is considered one of the finest men's choirs in the United States; it is the largest exclusively first-year collegiate all-male choir in the nation.
Norsemen is comprised of 96 first-year men representing music-majors and students pursuing a variety of disciplines across campus.
Timothy Peter, head of the music department and professor of music at Luther, conducts the Norsemen and Collegiate Chorale, a 90-voice select junior/senior choral ensemble.
Peter holds the bachelor's degree from Luther and the doctoral degree from the University of Arizona. Prior to his appointment at Luther, he was a high school choral director and church musician in Iowa and Arizona. He has conducted choral all-states and workshops in 20 states and numerous international festivals.
Peter has served as the state and divisional repertoire and standards chair for college and university choirs for the ACDA. His choirs have previously been selected to perform at four divisional ACDA conventions.