The Latin word for dawn, Aurora represents the first light of day, or for many of these singers, the beginning of their college experience and journey as independent scholars.
"It is an honor and a joy to be part of the choral community at Luther College this season. To be in relationship with students who so value community, to awaken our common humanity through inclusive repertoire, and to use our music making as a healing balm in a time of pandemic and division all leads to deep gratitude and renewed hope."
Aurora is one of five auditioned choral ensembles at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Established in 1981, the group is comprised of sopranos and altos, selected each fall by audition. They participate in worship services, perform in the Family Weekend concert, participate in Christmas at Luther, the Dorian Vocal Festival, and present a spring concert with the Norskkor, Luther's choral ensemble for first-year tenors and basses. The choir has also participated in Luther performances of major choral/orchestral works, such as Beethoven's Mass in C major and Bach's The Passion according to St. John.
Aurora has performed at several North Central American Choral Directors Association conferences. The ensemble is featured on an instructional DVD accompanying the book, Conducting Women’s Choirs: Strategies for Success by GIA Publications.
Actively involved in the process of creating new music, Aurora has premiered works by composers such as Libby Larsen, Ola Gjeilo, Jocelyn Hagen, Shawn Kirchner, Kevin Jay Isaacs, Abbie Betinis, Gwyneth Walker, Mack Wilberg, Daniel Kallman, Ben Allaway and Melba Williamson. The choir has been a member of the ACDA Women’s Commissioning Consortium since 2009.
The word Aurora, Latin for dawn, represents the first light of day, or for many of these singers, the beginning of their college experience and journey as independent scholars.
Beginning in the Fall of 2020, Aurora is conducted by Dr. Emily Ellsworth. Dr. Ellsworth is serving in an interim position for the 2020-2021 academic year and a new conductor will be named this spring after a national search.