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The Minnesota Tradition

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 7:30pm
Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 4:00pm
Culminating the choir’s 30th Anniversary Season is a program that celebrates and honors the tradition of choral music in Minnesota: past, present and future. F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the world renowned St. Olaf Choir, has been called the father of the Midwest a capella choir tradition. His music remains a staple in choral literature and inspired many composers from Lutheran colleges throughout the Midwest. His two sons, Olaf C. Christiansen and Paul J. Christiansen, continued the tradition, and others, such as Leland Sateren, Kenneth Jennings, René Clausen, Larry Fleming and David Cherwien (Artistic Director of the NLC) have also contributed compositions to this tradition and will be represented in this concert. In the spirit of continuing the tradition into the future, the NLC has commissioned St. Olaf graduate, Ralph Johnson, to compose a new work commemorating the choir’s 30 years of singing, which will be performed for the first time during these concerts.
Advance ticket sales are now closed. Tickets for both concerts will be available at the door starting one hour prior to each performance.

Alumni Celebration Weekend

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 7:30pm
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 5:00pm
Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 4:00pm
Calling all alumni! During our final concerts of the season, we invite alumni to sing with us again and join us for a nostalgic dinner party with NLC friends and family. 

Devotion: Holy One

This devotion was given by NLC tenor, Jonathan Flak, prior to the March 8, 2016 rehearsal.
Holy One, untamed by the names I give you.
This is the opening line of a prayer posted on our church bulletin board by Roger, a member of my church.  In that honest admission he names a common human failing that goes back to the Garden of Eden:  to tame and manage God, to put God in a box, to create God in image of our choice.  

Auditions 2016-2018

Join the National Lutheran Choir for two seasons of incredible music making, that will take you on journeys around the country and singing music that has never been sung before!
There are several steps in the audition process, all with the purpose of identifying singers who are musically compatible, able to fully commit to the schedule, and who demonstrate a commitment to the highest musical standards. All singers of the choir have very busy schedules -- yet a commitment to the choir is a joy when we all do our part and the artistic product is the highest level of excellence. Our music making is hard work and the expectations are high.

National Lutheran Choir Announces Reformation Commission

Major work commissioned from Norwegian composer, Kim André Arnesen
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, March 1, 2016 – The National Lutheran Choir (NLC) – - announces the commission of a major choral-instrumental work, “Holy Spirit Mass,” to receive its world premiere in October 2017. Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen has been commissioned to write this significant new work in commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
The new work, titled “Holy Spirit Mass,” will be scored for SATB chorus and 16 instruments and will have an anticipated duration of 35-45 minutes.
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