Luther College's first-year choral ensembles Aurora and Norsemen are presenting their final concert for the 2018-19 school year at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on Luther's campus.
The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission. The concert will also be live-streamed to those outside of a 30-mile radius of Decorah, and available as a delayed stream to all 48 hours after the concert at http://www.stream.luther.edu/music.
Aurora, Luther's first-year treble voice ensemble, is conducted by Luther faculty Jennaya Robison, assistant professor of music, and Luther senior Lauren Eakes. Aurora's repertoire includes pieces by Jocelyn Hagen, Sarah Quartel, Joni Jensen, Elaine Hagenberg and others. Aurora will also present a similar program for the Iowa Choral Showcase on Wednesday, May 1 at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. This auditioned event is sponsored by the Iowa Choral Directors Association.
Norsemen, Luther's first-year bass voice ensemble, is conducted by Luther faculty Mark Potvin, instructor in music. Norsemen's program includes works by Anton Bruckner, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Lucy Simon, Moses Hogan and others. In addition to this performance, Norsemen presented a program in an outreach festival "Sing On!" on March 9 in New Brighton, Minnesota, for tenors and basses interested in collegiate level vocal performance.
Two of five auditioned choirs at Luther, Aurora and Norsemen are active participants of Luther's music program. Each ensemble participates in admissions events, worship services and music festivals throughout the school year, including Luther's annual Dorian Vocal Festival and Christmas at Luther production. Both choirs have also participated in Luther performances of major choral and orchestral works, such as Beethoven's Mass in C major and Bach's "The Passion According to St. John."
Collaborative pianists for Aurora and Norsemen rehearsals and performances include Luther students Anne Wilson, Lauren Eakes and David Gorman.
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 nearly 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.