Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of the festival?

With Housing (includes $5/night fee for staying anywhere on campus)
Students in Choir only: $18.00
Students also singing mini-lesson: $22.00

(Students staying Monday night should add $5/student for the additional night.

Without Housing (staying off campus)
Students in choir only: $13.00
Students also singing mini-lesson: $17.00                                         

Luther Accompanist if needed for mini-lesson: $15.00/lesson

Director's Fee &/or adult chaperone: $3.00
LIMIT OF TWO (The Director’s fee covers the reading session and Grand Concert tickets.  See ticket policy for parents’ tickets.)

Director's Banquet: $12.00

Chamber Choir members (extra day): $5.00

Who is in the Festival Choir, and how are they nominated?

  • Approximately 1,100 singers from approximately 280 schools
  • Juniors and seniors are nominated by their school directors
  • Membership is based on the ranking and recommendations of the student’s director and the needs of the Festival Choir
  • No more than two sopranos will be accepted from any school

Deadline: Nominations must be submitted through the google form online by Friday, November 4.

What is the Chamber Choir, and who is in it?

  • 100 members, selected from entire Festival Choir membership
  • Members will begin rehearsal at noon on Saturday, January 10.
  • Chamber Choir will perform as part of the Grand Concert.
  • Requirements for membership consideration:
  1. all-state choir experience;
  2. or two consecutive years of “1” or “superior” ratings at state solo contest; 
  3. or a quality recorded audition of only one accompanied contest-type solo, to be submitted on CD at the time of Festival Choir nomination; 
  4. and the ability to be at Luther by noon, Saturday, January 10.
  5. Priority will be given to seniors.

How many students can be nominated from one school?

We do not set a limit on how many students you can nominate, but based on numbers that we have been able to accept in previous years, we suggest nominating between 4 and 7 students from one school.

What is the optional Solo/Mini-lesson?

  • Student sings one piece for a Luther voice faculty member in a 10-minute private session.
  • Solo does not have to be accompanied.
  • Luther student accompanist can be hired ($15.00 fee) if requested ahead of time and if music is provided well in advance.
  • Four or five soloists will be chosen to perform as part of the Grand Concert on Monday night. (Solos must be memorized to be considered).
  • Solo session cost is only $4.00 per student.
  • Session can also be used as an official Luther Music Scholarship audition by seniors who are prospective Luther students.

What is the festival repertoire, and how do schools obtain it?

Once the rosters have been set for the Festival Choir and the Chamber Choir, lists will be sent to Kephart's West Music, in Decorah. Music packets will be assembled there for each school, based on the students selected from that school. One copy of each piece will be sent for each student, along with one copy of each piece for the school director. The school will be billed directly by Kephart’s for the music sent. Payment to Kephart’s for the music must be separate from the payment to Luther College for the Festival fees.

Unused music may be returned to Kephart’s West Music or any West Music store
 for a full refund (minus postage) according to the time schedule which will be included in the music shipment.

Some schools may already have a festival selection in their libraries. Music packets will be assembled in full for each school, no exception, with the understanding that duplicate music may be returned or given to the students. 

When are the festival concerts and how are tickets obtained?

Sunday, 7:00 p.m. (Main Hall, CFL)

  • Featured Guest Choir: Hopkins High School Choir directed by Mr. Philip Brown
  • Norsemen (Luther first-year men’s choir)
  • Aurora (Luther first-year women’s choir)

Concert is free and open to the public.

Monday, 7:00 p.m. Grand Festival Concert (Main Hall, CFL)

  • Festival Choir
  • Selected student soloists
  • Chamber Choir
  • Luther Nordic Choir

Admission by ticket only.

  • Directors of the festival participants may order tickets when they pre-register.
  • Parents of the festival participants must send a request and $10 per ticket (limit of two) in order to be entered into the ticket lottery for a very limited number of tickets. Requests must be postmarked on or before Friday, December 2nd to be entered into the lottery.  Those who are not chosen for the lottery will have their check mailed back to them after the lottery.
  • The concert will be live streamed for those who are unable to acquire a ticket to the concert

Where do directors and students stay during the festival?

  • On-campus student housing may be requested by schools farther than 50 miles from Decorah.
  • Students will be housed in host dormitory rooms or grouped in secure sites, including residence hall study lounges or on gym floors, and should plan to bring along sleeping bags, air mattresses, pillows, etc. as well as towels and toiletries for their overnight stays.
  • The college is not able to offer housing to teachers and/or chaperones.
  • Commercial, off campus housing is available to directors and students.