Concordia Chapel Choir wraps regional tour with home concert

*UPDATE* Time of concert changed to 2 p.m.

The Concordia Chapel Choir ends its annual tour with a home concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, in the Centrum, Knutson Campus Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program will feature a wide variety of repertoire ranging from Renaissance madrigals to contemporary choral works. Of special note, the concert will feature several movements from Craig Hella Johnson's "Considering Matthew Shepard."

A blend of 49 voices creates the sound of the Concordia Chapel Choir. Originally created to enrich the music of Concordia’s morning chapel services, the ensemble now performs in concert and tours annually. The choir of students in their sophomore, junior or senior years, is an integral part of the much-loved annual Concordia Christmas Concerts.

The Choir’s regional tour had stops across Minnesota. In Detroit Lakes, the singers performed a collaboration concert with the Detroit Lakes High School choir. The Choir also performed at churches in Willmar and in Minneapolis.

Dr. Joseph Kemper conducting at the 2023 Concordia Christmas Concert

This will be the first tour concert for conductor Dr. Joseph Kemper, assistant professor of choral music. As a champion of new and diverse music, Kemper is passionate about programming that cultivates understanding, learning and seeking common ground across time, belief and culture.

He is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of servant-leaders, choral artists and life-long musicians who will use their gifts for positive societal change.

Kemper also conducts Kantorei and Cantabile.