David E. Judisch awarded St. Olav's Medal

His Excellency Ambassador Kåre R. Aas of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C., is honored to announce that the Royal Norwegian Medal of St. Olav will be conferred on David E. Judisch, Luther College professor emeritus. 

Judisch will be awarded the St. Olav Medal by Norwegian Honorary Consul Quentin R. Boyken on behalf of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway as part of the Luther College Spring Semester Opening Convocation at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in Luther's Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. 

The St. Olav Medal is awarded in recognition of outstanding services rendered in connection with the spreading of information about Norway abroad and for strengthening the bonds between expatriate Norwegians and their home country. 

According to the Embassy Judisch is a most fitting recipient of the St. Olav Medal for his extraordinary leadership of the Norwegian-American male choral movement for more than 30 years. No single individual has done more to strengthen ties between the Norwegian-American male choral movement and modern Norway. The Embassy listed Judisch's accomplishments:

·      Since 1984, served as director-in-chief of the Norwegian Singers Association of America and Sangerfest (June 9-11, 2016, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota).

·      Since 1975, has been the director of the Luren Singing Society, the oldest Norwegian-American male chorus, now in its 148th year.

·      Directed the Luren Singers in performances held as part of every Royal Visit to Decorah, since 1975.

·      Leader of numerous Norwegian Singers Association of America tours to Norway.

·      Through his years of service as a Luther College professor, helped the Luther College music program become and continue to be one of the most highly regarded music programs in the nation.

·      Has appeared as a baritone soloist in at least 12 countries and 28 states, sung more than 40 baritone operatic roles and performed at the Royal Palace in Oslo.

The Embassy writes, "Judisch is a consummate musician and inspiring conductor and director who provides exemplary teaching, scholarship and service. He has touched the lives of countless students, chorus members and many others both in the United States and Norway. Judisch has increased the level of activity and musical achievement of Norwegian-American male choruses over the years and at the same time has preserved and strengthened the bonds between Norwegian-Americans and Norway."

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