Luther College hosts Dorian Vocal Festival Concerts Jan. 13 and 14

The Dorian Vocal Festival Concert and Grand Concert are set for 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, and Monday, Jan. 14, respectively, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther College campus.

The Festival Concert Sunday, Jan. 13, is open to the public with no charge for admission. It features Aurora, Luther's first-year women's choir directed by Jennaya Robison; Norsemen, Luther's first-year men's choir directed by Mark Potvin; and special guest choir St. Michael-Albertville Choir directed by Joseph Osowski and Brandon Berger.

The Festival Grand Concert Monday, Jan. 14, is sold out. It features the Nordic Choir, Luther's flagship choir that has received national and international acclaim directed by Andrew Last; Dorian Vocal Festival Choir; Dorian Vocal Festival Chamber Choir; and five concert soloists chosen from mini-lessons held during the Dorian Vocal Festival weekend. Luther choral faculty Last, Robison and Potvin will conduct the Dorian Vocal Festival Choir and Chamber Choir.

The Dorian Vocal Festival, which runs Jan. 12-14, brings high school juniors and seniors who have been nominated by their high school director to the Luther campus. Approximately 1,000 students from 215 schools will sing in the Festival Choir, and 100 of those students have been selected to sing in the Chamber Choir.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with five choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.

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