Luther College first-year choral ensembles Norsemen and Aurora will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the Main Hall of Luther's Center for Faith and Life.
The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Aurora's portion of the concert features music from around the globe including the complete "Gloria Kajoniensis" by Hungarian composer Gyöngyösi Levente, from which Aurora performed the first movement at Christmas at Luther. They will also perform "Northern Lights" by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds and an adaptation of the Zulu folk song "Vela, Vela." The choir will premiere a work by Nicholas Ryan Kelly that they recorded for publication titled, "Children of a Dream." Aurora will be joined by members of the Luther College Symphony Orchestra, Luther sophomore pianist Anne Wilson and assistant professor Nicholas Shaneyfelt.
Norsemen will perform works by Franz Schubert, Sten Källman, Gwyneth Walker and George Mead. Collaborating with the choir is a student brass quintet coached by Rebecca Boehm Shaffer, adjunct faculty.
Aurora, one of the six auditioned choral ensembles at Luther, is comprised of first-year soprano and alto singers. Directed by Jennaya Robison, assistant professor of music, Aurora is actively involved in the creation of new music, premiering works from Libby Larsen, Ola Gjeilo, Mack Wilberg and many other composers. The choir has also performed at several North Central American Choral Directors Association conferences.
Norsemen, an ensemble of first-year male singers, is directed by Mark Potvin, instructor in music. The group performs in worship services on and off campus, participates in the annual Christmas at Luther concert, the Dorian Vocal Festival and a spring concert. The ensemble has also participated in performances of major choral orchestral works such as Beethoven's Mass in C major.
Robison, active as a conductor, clinician and soprano, conducts Aurora and Collegiate Chorale and teaches courses in conducting and vocal pedagogy at Luther. Prior to teaching at Luther, she was the artistic director of Scottsdale Musical Arts, a multi-generational organization comprised of a professional orchestra and choir as well as children's choirs and youth orchestras. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona, a Master of Music in conducting and voice from the University of New Mexico, and a Bachelor of Arts from Luther.
Potvin is conductor of Norsemen and Cathedral Choir at Luther College, where he also teaches conducting and secondary choral methods. Potvin holds a Master of Music degree from St. Cloud State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Luther. He is ABD from Boston University, working toward completion of the Doctor of Musical Arts. Before teaching at Luther, Potvin was director of choirs at Princeton High School, as well as artistic director for the East Central Minnesota Chorale.
Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation with six choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 275 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.