One of five auditioned choirs at Luther, Cathedral Choir is comprised of select singers drawn primarily from the sophomore class.
"Singers and conductor-educators exist symbiotically as equal and indistinguishable partners in the learning process, building relationships of mutual trust, respect, and vulnerability. These relationships help us perform with shared integrity and intent, and remind us that music isn't music without the humanity that conceives, creates, concertizes, and consumes it."
Cathedral Choir is one of five auditioned choirs at Luther College. The ensemble is comprised of select singers drawn mostly from the rich talent of the college’s sophomore class. Cathedral Choir participates actively in campus worship, in the Christmas at Luther concerts, and at special events and concerts during the academic year, including an annual spring tour.
Cathedral Choir is conducted by Mark Potvin '01.
Cathedral has collaborated with Collegiate Chorale, Nordic Choir and the Luther College Symphony Orchestra to perform major choral/orchestral works such as Brahms’ A German Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Handel's Messiah, and the premiere of Luther Mass by Stephen Paulus. In October 2017, Cathedral joined Collegiate Chorale and Concert Band to premiere a collage cantata composed by Luther alumni and students to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Active in the creation of new music, Cathedral has premiered choral works by Ola Gjeilo, Mack Wilberg, Daniel Kallman, Sir David Willcocks, Gwyneth Walker, Ben Allaway, Daniel Pinkham, Eric Whitacre, Stephen Paulus, Amy Engelsdorfer, Sandra Peter, and Jennaya Robison.
The ensemble also takes great pride in reintroducing landmark, small-scale masterworks to contemporary audiences and performing choral music from non-western traditions.
Cathedral Choir takes seriously its commitment to the larger Luther community. In the past year, the ensemble has collaborated with over 500 high school students in workshops and shared performances, engaged in multiple service projects to benefit residents of Decorah and Winneshiek County, and partnered with Minnesota Public Radio to produce Luther's first "Bring the Sing" community singing event.