Luther College to host second annual Dorian Community College Choral Invitational

Luther College will host the second annual Dorian Community College Choral Invitational on Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus. Choirs and individual students from area community colleges will participate in a full day of activities to experience music at Luther.

The participating choirs are from North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa, under the direction of Jayson Ryner; Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa, under the direction of Kathleen Schreier; and Riverland Community College in Austin, Minnesota, under the direction of Scott Blankenbaker.

The public is encouraged to attend the 1-2 p.m. rehearsal in the Noble Recital Hall to hear all participants perform "Let All The World In Every Corner Sing" from "Five Mystical Songs" by Ralph Vaughan Williams and "How Lovely Are The Messengers" by Felix Mendelssohn. There is no charge for admission to the rehearsal.

At 2:15 p.m., the public may also attend a performance featuring the NIACC and Iowa Central choirs. There is no charge for admission.

Jennaya Robison, Luther assistant professor of music, and Allen Hightower, Luther director of choral activities and professor of music, will work with all participants throughout the course of the day.

Participants will experience Luther music by taking a voice masterclass with Edwin Andereck, Luther professor of music; rehearsing side-by-side with the Luther Collegiate Choir, under the direction of Andrew Last, Luther assistant professor of music; and observe a Nordic Choir rehearsal, under the direction of Allen Hightower.

The Dorian Festivals began in 1949 when Weston Noble, Johnson professor emeritus of music and conductor of Concert Band and Nordic Choir, invited 20 schools in the region to bring a few select band students to the Luther campus to participate in a two-day honor band festival. The event was called the Dorian Band Festival. A vocal festival was added the following year. Since then, as the Dorian Festivals and Camps have grown in scope and participation, more than 90,000 students have shared the Dorian experience. Luther now offers six Dorian festivals: community college choral, keyboard, vocal, orchestra, band and high school choral.

Luther College is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with seven choirs, three orchestras, three bands, four jazz groups and nearly 1,000 student musicians. Luther students perform in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 350 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.

Allen Hightower