By Tim J. Mitchell
The Union High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Tim J. Mitchell, has been invited to be one of the guest choirs at the 2015 Luther College Choral Invitational. Annually, one of the most prestigious choral events in the Midwest, the Dorian Invitational Choral Festival is held annually in April to provide top-quality performing and listening experiences for entire high school choirs.
Three or four of the finest high school choirs from the upper Midwest are invited by Luther’s choral faculty to visit the Luther College campus for an entire weekday. During the Festival day, the combined voices create a large Festival choir which works with Luther choral directors on two select pieces.
Guest students rehearse in morning sectionals with other Luther faculty, then rejoin forces to cap off the day with a late-afternoon concert. The concert also includes 15-20 minute performances by each of the participating school ensembles. Three of the six Luther College choirs also perform during the day, giving the Dorian students a chance to hear choral music performed at a higher level and a chance to imagine where they themselves might be musically in the near future.
Union High School’s individual repertoire will include Ching-A-Ring Chaw adapted by Aaron Copland, Ballade To The Moon by Daniel Elder, Zum Gali arranged by Maurice Goldman, Over My Head arranged by Luther Senior Scott Senko and The Battle of Jericho arranged by Moses Hogan. Joining the Union High School Choir for this prestigious festival will be the Davenport Central Singers under the direction of Michael Reese and the Waukesha North High School Choir under the direction of Joseph Hyland.
The groups will be traveling to the festival on Wednesday, April 15th with a concert open to the public at 3 PM in the famed Center For Faith and Life Concert Hall on the Luther College campus in Decorah.