Audition for a Choir

Interested in Singing in a Choir at Luther?  

At Luther, we have five choral ensembles that are open to students of all majors and singing experience. Whether singing is a career aspiration, something you love to do in your free time, or you’ve never sung in a choir before, there is a place for you.

  • Nordic Choir: Luther’s flagship choral ensemble, open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.¬† Rehearses 5 days per week.
  • Collegiate Chorale: Auditioned ensemble of singers from the junior and senior class. Rehearses M-W-F from 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
  • Cathedral Choir: Auditioned ensemble of singers from the sophomore class. Rehearses M-W-F from 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
  • Aurora: Primarily composed of first-year sopranos and altos. Rehearses M-W-F from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Norskkor: Primarily composed of first-year tenors and basses. Rehearses M-W-F from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Full ensemble rehearsals will begin the first week of September. Detailed rehearsal schedules will be available in the coming months.

Choir Audition Information for Incoming First-year Students

First-year students have the ability to begin their choral career at Luther in either Aurora (soprano/alto) or Norskkor (tenor/bass), depending on their voice part. Auditions will be held in small groups on¬†Sunday, August 27¬†and will include singing¬†“My God How Wonderful Thou Art,”¬†from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship Book #863.¬†Singers should plan to sing the melody of the first verse in a comfortable key and may be asked to sing in additional keys. Singers are asked to focus on presenting sound that showcases their best choral and solo voice.

First-year students should plan to attend in the following time blocks on Sunday, August 27: 
Aurora – Noble Recital Hall
3:00-4:00 pm – Sopranos Last Name A-M
4:00-5:00 pm – Sopranos Last Name N-Z
5:00-6:00 pm – Altos Last Name A-M
6:00-7:00 pm – Altos Last Name N-Z

Norskkor – Sundt Organ Room
3:00-4:00 pm – Tenors Last Name A-M
4:00-5:00 pm – Tenors Last Name N-Z
5:00-6:00 pm – Baritone/Bass Last Name A-M
6:00-7:00 pm – Baritone/Bass Last Name N-Z

Choir Audition Information for Returning Students: 

Current students are eligible to audition for Nordic Choir, Collegiate Chorale, and/or Cathedral Choir in the spring for membership beginning the following fall.  After their audition, students will hear back from one of the choral faculty as to which specific ensemble(s) they are recalled for and will receive recall audition materials at that time. The recall process includes singing a prepared hymn or choral piece, sight reading, and vocalization.

Recalls for these three ensembles take place:
Nordic Choir: Monday, August 28 and Tuesday, August 29
Collegiate Chorale: Monday, August 28 through Wednesday, August 30
Cathedral Choir: Monday, August 28 through Wednesday, August 30

Choir Audition Information for Transfer Students:

Upon decision to transfer to Luther, students with interest in singing in choir should contact Andrew Last, director of choral activities, to be considered for Nordic Choir, Collegiate Chorale, or Cathedral Choir. Auditions for Cathedral Choir and Collegiate Chorale occur at the start of both the fall and spring semesters, while auditions for Nordic Choir only occur at the start of the fall semester. All transfer students interested in choir should plan to sing for Dr. Last on the afternoon of Sunday, August 27. 

Questions? Please contact Andrew Last, director of choral activities.