Collegiate Chorale is comprised of select junior and senior singers who represent a broad range of academic majors and share a common passion for and love of singing.
"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."
The Luther College Collegiate Chorale is comprised of select junior and senior singers with auditions occurring at the start of each semester. The choir, featuring 90-100 mixed voices, performs sacred and secular choral works of a variety of periods and styles. Collegiate Chorale sings at chapel and Sunday worship services on campus, performs in the college’s annual Christmas at Luther celebration, and tours annually in the spring.
Collegiate Chorale has collaborated with Nordic Choir, Cathedral 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.
Collegiate Chorale has performed in concert with the American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, and with the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) and La Crosse (Wisconsin) symphony orchestras. The choir performed at a regional American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) convention in 2016 and at the national ACDA convention in 2017.
Beginning in the Fall of 2020, Collegiate Chorale 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.