Music Series


Choral Beauty

St. Olaf College Cantorei, James E. Bobb, director
St. Olaf Parish Choir, Dr. Lynn Trapp, Director
Sunday, October 27, 2013, 9:30 AM Concert; 10:00 AM Mass
St. Olaf Parish Choir joins St. Olaf College Cantorei in a Sunday morning celebration of choral beauty. Cantorei performs a concert including music of J. S. Bach, Gerald Finzi and William H. Harris. The choirs combine with nearly 150 voices to sing the Mass. Cantorei is one of six co-curricular choral ensembles on campus at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. It is directed by Assistant Professor James E. Bobb, Cantor to the Student Congregation of St. Olaf College since 2012. The 100-voice ensemble was established in the 1960s as the Campus Choir, and assumed its present name in 1986 under the direction of John Ferguson.

Christmas Under the North Star:

Matthew Culloton, director
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 7:30 PM
Organ prelude, Dr. Lynn Trapp, organist, 7:00 PM

For ten years, The Singers have highlighted music of Minnesota composers past and present. This year, celebrate Christmas with them by enjoying works from some of the key figures in their treasured choral landscape. A new memorial commission by conductor Matthew Culloton is surrounded by works from the Christiansen family, Leland Sateren, David Cherwien, and Stephen Paulus. For advance purchase call 651-917-1948 or visit Tickets will also be available at the door.

Handel’s Messiah Sing-A-Long

Minnesota Chorale and soloists, Kathy Saltzman Romey, director
Dr. Lynn Trapp, organist
Sunday, December 15, 2013, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Now in its fifth year, this city-wide event invites all to fill St. Olaf Church with the sounds of George Frideric Handel’s most famous creation, the much loved oratorio, Messiah. This masterwork is a presentation of Jesus’ life and its significance according to Christian doctrine. Bring your own score or borrow one here. Come to sing-a-long with members of the Minnesota Chorale or just come to listen and enjoy. A freewill offering will be taken. Reception follows.

Let The Children Sing!

Saturday, January 18, 2014, 8:00 PM
Enjoy children’s choirs from around the region including Cantanti, Minnesota BoyChoir, and Heartland Youth Choir. As part of the American Choral Director Association’s Children’s Choir Conductor Conference, this concert will feature the world premiere of a commission by Nancy Grundahl. Free admission.

Te Deum: We Praise Thee, O God

Kathy Borgen, organist; Jennifer Olson, soprano; Eric Olson, violinist
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 1:30 PM
Kathy Borgen, associate organist/pianist at St. Olaf Church joins Jennifer Olson, soprano and Eric Olson, violinist, both doctoral students at the University of Minnesota in performance. Hear organ works based on the ancient chant, Te Deum composed by Buxtehude, Tournemire, and Reger. The program also includes vocal and violin music by Holst and Vivaldi. A freewill offering will be taken. Reception follows.

Keep These Words in Your Heart and Soul: A Lenten Retreat

Paul Inwood, presenter, musician, composer, liturgist, author
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 9:00-11:30 AM, concluding with 12:00 noon Mass

Paul Inwood, leader of the retreat, is an internationally known liturgist, composer, organist, author and presenter. The retreat and Mass will include his music. His work is found in hymnals and missalettes across the entire English-speaking world and in journals and blogs worldwide. A freewill offering will be taken at the retreat.

My Soul’s Repose: Lamento

Matthew Culloton, director
Saturday, April 12, 2014,
7:30 PM
On the eve of Holy Week, The Singers explore musical lamentations and meditations that have spanned the centuries and inspired some of today’s leading composers including Eric Whitacre and Stephen Samitz. Texts are drawn from a wide array of sources — from scripture to poets like Ben Jonson and e.e. cummings.  For advance purchase call 651-917-1948 or visit Tickets will also be available at the door.

Organ Recital

Dr. Gregory Peterson, organist
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 1:30 PM
Gregory Peterson, DMA, is professor of organ and church music at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa where he is also College Organist and serves as Music Department Chair. He is a frequent recitalist and presenter having performed throughout the US and in Europe. The concert program will feature music of J. S. Bach and Henri Mulet. A freewill offering will be taken. Reception follows.

Spring Intern Concert

Margaret Burk, John Verkuilen, performers
Saturday, May 17, 2014, 1:30 PM

The music and liturgy internship positions at St. Olaf Church for the 2013-14 program year are held by university graduates John Verkuilen (Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, 2013) and Margaret Burk (St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, 2013). They combine their talents as solo and accompanying players at the organ and piano, as vocal soloists and conductors in a concert which is a culmination of their educational experience as interns. Freewill offering for the performers. Reception follows the concert.