Luther College Collegiate Chorale to perform March 8 in Fairfield
Luther College Collegiate Chorale, one of six choirs from Luther College, will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 8 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Fairfield.
The performance by the 105-member Collegiate Chorale is open to the public and sponsored in part by the Fairfield Concert Association.
A prelude performance by the Fairfield Middle School fifth-grade ensemble and the Fairfield High School Vox choir will take place at 7:15 p.m. prior to the Luther College performance.
The FMS fifth-grade ensemble is led by Fairfield music teacher and Luther alum John Grumwald.
Vox is under the direction of FHS vocal music teacher Zach Reiter.
A freewill offering will be taken at the concert.
2010 Fairfield High School graduate Alex Greiner, who continued his vocal music involvement at Luther, will perform with Collegiate Chorale.
“He’s a junior at Luther and has had a great experience both musically and academically,” said his mother Michele Greiner of Fairfield. “We are happy Fairfield will get to share in the Luther music tradition.
“It will be great to have elementary, high school and college singers perform at the same event,” she added.
The Collegiate Chorale is composed of select junior and senior singers. The choir will be performing sacred and secular choral works from a variety of periods and styles. Collegiate Chorale also sings at daily Chapel and Sunday worship services on campus and takes part in the college’s annual Christmas at Luther celebration. This concert is part of Collegiate Chorale’s 2013 tour of Iowa.
In recent years, Collegiate Chorale has performed in concert with the American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, and with Cedar Rapids and La Crosse, Wis., symphony orchestras. The choir recently appeared in concert with the Philadelphia Brass, premiering a newly commissioned work, “The Creation of the World,” by renowned American composer Daniel Pinkham. In March 2004, the choir performed at the American Choral Directors Association Convention in Sioux Falls, S.D. This spring Collegiate Chorale will combine with Luther College Nordic Choir and Symphony Orchestra to present William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast.
Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with six choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and numerous chamber ensembles, totaling nearly 1,000 student musicians. Luther’s students perform in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 300 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, church music and performance.