Forest City, Iowa – The Waldorf College Choir is set to embark on a nine-day Midwest tour over the spring break that will include a performance at the Cathedral of Saint Paul, Minn.
The vocal ensemble will travel from March 10-18 to Story City, Des Moines and Sioux City in Iowa, Omaha and Lincoln in Nebraska, and Hayfield, Duluth, and Columbia Heights in Minnesota. “I chose these locations because they are relatively close and we will be able to reach out to our alumni,” said Dr. Adam Luebke, who will be directing the tour for the first time. “This will be a great opportunity for the choir to share their own musical conviction with different communities.”
Their choral repertoire will include traditional Waldorf Choir songs (Beautiful Savior, God’s Son Has Made Me Free) and a composition by Nancy Farndale, composer in residence at Waldorf College. “The choir will also sing pieces from the Renaissance and Baroque period along with songs from around the world, which will include a piece from India, a Scottish folk song and an African American spiritual,” Dr. Luebke said. “The songs will be from varied eras of music history and different styles, which will help the group communicate to the audience.” On the tour, 21 Waldorf choir students will visit high schools during the day and perform concerts every night.
“I’m really looking forward to the performance at the Cathedral of Saint Paul,” said Dr. Luebke who serves as the assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Waldorf College. “This tour will give me an opportunity to spend time with the students and experience life together as a Waldorf Choir family.”
Choir members share Dr. Luebke’s excitement and look forward to the tour. Freshman Cassidy Atchison of Parker, Texas, is excited to tour the Midwest for the first time. “I lived a big town back home in Texas. I’m really looking forward to visiting smaller towns and interacting with the people there,” said Atchison, a theatre education major at Waldorf College. “I’m also excited that we have an opportunity to show a lot of people what a small college like Waldorf can do.”
Dr. Luebke said this tour would be a high point for students, as they will be performing for a different audience every time. “To give students the exposure of coming together and creating something profound is the very purpose of artistic creation,” he said.
Learn more about the choir tour at www.waldorf.edu/choirtour and follow their tour on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheWaldorfChoir.
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