Luther College Nordic Choir releases new album 'Spirit, Moving Over Chaos'

Luther College Nordic Choir, one of the top college choirs in the nation, is set to release their most recent album, "Spirit, Moving Over Chaos," on Friday, Oct. 16. The new album features musical selections that were performed during the tours of the 2014-15 academic year.

The title track is an evocative choral piece by composer David Ashley White with text by Patricia B. Clark. This intriguing piece is considered aleatoric music-where an element of the work is left to chance through the determination of the performers.

Other pieces featured on the new album include "Psalm 50" by F. Melius Christiansen, "Grace Before Sleep" by Susan LaBarr and "Pilgrims' Hymn" by Stephen Paulus.

"Spirit, Moving Over Chaos" is the fifth album for the Nordic Choir under the direction of Allen Hightower. All recordings by Nordic Choir and other music ensembles at Luther College may be purchased online at http://www.lutherbookshop.com/ or over the phone by calling 1-888-521-5039. Recordings will also be sold during the annual Homecoming Concert at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, in Luther's Center for Faith and Life. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Nordic Choir, founded in 1946, enjoys national and international acclaim as a premier collegiate choral ensemble in the United States. Allen Hightower, director of choral activities and professor of music at Luther, is the conductor of the Nordic Choir. He was preceded by Craig Arnold and the 57-year tenure of Weston Noble, and was recently awarded the honor of the Weston Noble Chair in Music.

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.

Nordic Choir CD cover "Spirit, moving over chaos"