General Press Release

Luther College News Release

Luther College Public Information
700 College Drive
Decorah, IA 52101
563-387-1737

For immediate release
Contact:  Eric Ellingsen
Phone: 563-387-1267
Email: eric.ellingsen@luther.edu

Luther College Collegiate Chorale
To Perform in <<insert city name>>

DECORAH, Iowa—The Luther College Collegiate Chorale will perform in concert <<insert date>>, <<insert time>> at <<insert location>>, <<insert address>>.

No tickets are needed. A freewill offering will be taken at the concert.

Luther's Collegiate Chorale has gained a reputation for excellence in choral performance. Composed of select upper-class singers, the choir of mixed voices performs sacred choral works from a variety of periods and styles. Collegiate Chorale sings regularly for Daily Chapel and Sunday worship services, takes part in the college's annual Christmas at Luther celebration, and performs frequently for special occasions on and off campus.

In recent years, 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 recently appeared in concert with "The Philadelphia Brass," premiering a newly commissioned work, "The Creation of the World," by renowned American composer Daniel Pinkham. Collegiate Chorale is directed by Dr. Andrew Last.

Last is a native of Iowa and received his undergraduate degree from Luther College in music education and voice. He received his master of music degree from the Northern Arizona University. He holds a doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was named a Hixon-Lied Fellow. Last conducts the Collegiate Chorale and Luther's first-year men's choir, the Norsemen, and teaches private voice and conducting.

Luther, a selective four-year college located in the scenic bluff country of northeast Iowa, has an enrollment of 2,500 students. The college has a long tradition of outstanding instrumental and vocal music programs.