Cathedral Choir to give concert April 25

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Luther College's Cathedral Choir presents a concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther Campus. The concert is the culmination of Cathedral Choir's annual Midwest Tour.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission, and will be streamed live at

The program's theme is "Let My Love Be Heard: the Love this World Needs," and features works by Craig Hella Johnson, Connor Koppin, Sven Lemberg, Johann Pachelbel, Alice Parker and Jake Runestad. The choir will be accompanied by Brad Schultz, Luther visiting instructor in music and class of 2007.

Directed by Jennaya Robison, Luther assistant professor of music, Cathedral Choir is one of six auditioned choirs at Luther. The ensemble comprises select singers drawn mostly from 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 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" and the 2011 premiere of "Luther Mass" by Stephen Paulus. These performances have been produced and released on DVD by Luther College Recordings.

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 and Amy Engelsdorfer, Sandra Peter and Jennaya Robison.

Robison holds a bachelor of arts in music from Luther College, a master of music in conducting and voice from the University of New Mexico and a doctor of musical arts in choral conducting with a minor in voice performance from the University of Arizona. Along with directing Cathedral Choir, Robison directs Aurora, Luther's first-year women's choir, and teaches an introduction course in conducting. She is currently interested in researching vocal pedagogy in the choral ensemble, as well as body mapping to facilitate conducting gesture.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.