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Family Weekend Concert: Aurora and Norskkor

  • Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
  • Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Location: Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

This event will be live-streamed.

The choral year at Luther College begins with Aurora and Norskkor and their performance at the Family Weekend concert. Selections performed will include works by Sarah Quartel, Vijay Singh, John Gardner, and Charles Tindley. In addition to their stand-alone sets, the choirs will also combine to present two selections: "Homeward Bound," arranged by Mack Wilberg, and "Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service," arranged by Daniel Kallman '78. Aurora and Norskkor are primarily comprised of singers from the first-year class, but also include a select number of students in their sophomore year. Aurora is conducted by Dr. Adrianna Tam, Norskkor is led by Dr. Mark Potvin, and the ensembles will be joined by collaborative pianist Dr. Corey Silberstein.

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.

Norskkor is one of five auditioned choral ensembles at Luther College and is conducted by Mark Potvin. Established in 1981, the group is primarily comprised of first-year tenors and basses, selected each fall and spring by audition. The ensemble participates in worship services, performs at the Family Weekend concert, participates in Christmas at Luther and Dorian Vocal Festival, and presents an annual spring concert with Aurora, Luther's choral ensemble for sopranos and altos. The choir has also participated in Luther College performances of major choral/orchestral works, such as Beethoven's Mass in C major and Bach's The Passion According to St. John.

Norskkor has performed at North Central American Choral Directors Association conferences and has been the guest of the Great Northern Union at the Collegiate Men's Choral Festival in St. Paul, Minn. Norskkor is featured on annual Christmas at Luther recordings which are available through the Luther College Book Shop.

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