The 50-voice Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir will perform a concert and hymn sing in Grand Rapids at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, at Zion Lutheran Church, 2901 S. Highway 169. A free-will offering will be accepted.
High-school-aged singers from a three-state region auditioned for this summer camp program of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. The ensemble will perform a variety of music from classical choral works to folk songs and spirituals. Also, audience members will be joined in the pews by singers for a rousing hymn sing.
The concert, part of the choir’s seven-day, 2019 tour of Minnesota marking the 50th anniversary of the choir, includes performances in Albert Lea, Brainerd, Grand Rapids, Mahtomedi, Moorhead, Morris, Rochester, Spicer and St. Cloud.
The Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir began in 1969 and has grown to include more than 1,400 alumni who have shared sacred music in approximately 150 churches throughout the state. MASLC, founded by conductor Mark Aamot, and then directed by Dr. Thomas Rossin for 26 years, is now under the artistic direction of Dr. Michael Culloton. The choir provides young people with a musically challenging choral experience, and an opportunity to grow in their faith which concludes with a seven-day tour of church performances.
Culloton, conductor of the choir, is associate professor at Concordia. Prior to coming to Concordia, Culloton was the artistic director of the Choral Arts Ensemble and Honors Choirs, two community organizations based in Rochester, Minn., choral director at Winona Senior High School and assistant conductor of the National Lutheran Choir. Culloton is also the conductor of the Fargo-Moorhead Choral Artists and the Trinity Lutheran Church Cathedral Choir.
Concordia College is a four-year liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America offering more than 50 majors, including 15 honors majors and 12 pre-professional programs.