The Concordia Choir caps national tour with home concert

With 65 voices singing in harmony, The Concordia Choir concludes its national tour with a home concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Memorial Auditorium on the Concordia College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The program will contain a wide variety of choral works ranging from baroque to contemporary and will include pieces by J.S. Bach, William Dawson, Caroline Shaw, René Clausen, and more and will include a set of works from Craig Hella Johnson’s “Considering Matthew Shepard.” 

This year, the choir embarked on a 17-day tour of the Northwest United States with performances in Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Washington, Oregon, and California. Several of the concerts included collaborations with professional, youth, church, and high school choirs.

The Concordia Choir was recently rated No. 8 on College Rank’s list of Most Impressive College Choirs. Touring nationally and internationally since 1920, the choir has performed in nearly every major hall in the United States including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. In May 2022, the choir toured internationally to Italy and performed in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Dr. Michael Culloton

In 2020, Dr. Michael Culloton was named director of choral activities, appointed conductor of The Concordia Choir, and named the Paul J. and Eleanor Christiansen Chair of Choral Music, succeeding Dr. René Clausen who retired after 34 years of service. Culloton, a 1998 Concordia College graduate and associate professor of music, is also the artistic director of the Emmy®-winning Concordia Christmas Concerts seen by audiences of 12,000 each year. He teaches vocal music education and church music courses, serves as campus supervisor for student teachers, and advises the student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

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