Luther College's Cathedral Choir will perform a homecoming concert titled, "I Believe," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus.
The performance, open to the public with no charge for admission, concludes the 2015 Cathedral Choir tour. Those unable to attend may view the concert live online at: stream.luther.edu.
The 2015 Cathedral Choir tour program includes works by Bradley Ellingboe, Eriks Esenvalds, Ola Gjeilo, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Rosephanye Powell, Jake Runestad and Ralph Vaughan Williams. The program features readings and hymn tunes centering on the theme of believing.
Cathedral Choir is an ensemble comprised of 102 singers selected primarily from the sophomore and junior classes at Luther. The choir participates in campus worship, Christmas at Luther performances, special events and concerts throughout the academic year.
The ensemble was honored to perform at the 2010 North Central American Choral Directors Association conference in Minneapolis. Eric Whitacre, distinguished conductor, broadcaster and public speaker, and 2012 Grammy Award winner conducted the session, focusing on his compositional process.
Cathedral Choir is conducted by Jennaya Robison, Luther assistant professor of music. Robison's extensive background in chorale music most recently includes Artistic Director of Scottsdale Musical Arts and Director of Music Ministry at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church in Arizona. She has also held several faculty and teaching positions at the University of Arizona, Luther College and the University of New Mexico. Robison has conducted orchestras at the University of Arizona and Luther College, as well as community orchestras in Tucson and Phoenix.
Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with six choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and numerous chamber ensembles, totaling nearly 1,000 student musicians. Luther's students perform in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 300 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, church music and performance.