The name of Luther College’s first-year TTBB choir, Norsemen, has changed to Norskkor. Norskkor (translated as “Norwegian choir”) recognizes the college’s Norwegian roots while evoking contemporary Norway, a country that values diversity and equality. The name change honors the 38-year history of the ensemble while positioning it for continued leadership among tenor-bass choirs on the national stage.
Norskkor is one of six auditioned choral ensembles at Luther College and is conducted by Mark Potvin. Established in 1981, the group is 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 first-year 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.
Norskkor rehearses MWF from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall.