September 13, 2017
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
GORDON MOE, Manager of Choral Ensembles
AMY KELLY, College Communications and Media Relations director
CONCORDIA BECOMES NEW HOME FOR ALL-STATE LUTHERAN CHOIR
Concordia College became the new home for the Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir (MASLC) with a service of Celebration and Transition in August.
The MASLC is a 20-day summer choral camp experience open to all Minnesota Lutheran students in 10th-12th grade. Choir members are chosen by competitive auditions at various locations around the state and a choir of 45-60 voices is chosen. Members participate in eight days of rehearsal, Bible study and discussion of the meaning of the texts they will be singing on tour during the last 12 days of camp. Part of each concert on the tour is a congregational hymn-sing in which the choir members sit among the congregation, joining in the hymns of the Lutheran church, old and new.
Dr. Michael Culloton, assistant professor of vocal music education, church music
conductor, and conductor of the Chapel Choir, Kantorei and Cantabile at Concordia, is the MASLC’s new conductor.
The Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir began in 1969 and has grown to include more than 1400 alumni who have shared sacred music and Christian witness in approximately 150 churches throughout the state. MASLC, founded by Mark Aamot, has been under the direction of Dr. Thomas Rossin who retired from the choir in 2016 after serving for 26 years. The concept of the choir is to provide young people with a spiritually aesthetic experience, and the opportunity to grow in their faith and share that enthusiasm for church music with congregations on the tour.
“I am very excited to take over the artistic leadership of this great organization, and we are thrilled to host these fine musicians on our campus every summer,” says Culloton. “MASLC has been a very important choir in the lives of many of my students over the years, and I am honored to carry on the legacy of Mark Aamot and Tom Rossin.”