Dordt College News

Concert Choir one of three selected to perform

March 4, 2004

The Dordt College Concert Choir is one of three choirs that have been selected to perform in a Music and Worship event at the North Central American Choral Directors' Association (ACDA) convention, being held in Sioux Falls March 3-6.

The Dordt College Concert Choir was selected after submitting a recording of works performed for each of the past three years. The audition tape first passed through the state level and then advanced to the divisional level. The North Central division is noted for exceptional choirs, including great Lutheran college choirs such as St. Olaf, Luther and Concordia, as well as the state universities in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Nebraska.

The president of North Central ACDA notified Dordt College’s choir director, Dr. Ben Kornelis, that the audition committee selected Dordt’s ensemble for this event. The two other choirs participating in the Music and Worship event are the Women's Chorus from Northwestern College in St. Paul and the Doane College Concert Choir (Nebraska).

The program will be presented on Friday, March 5, 4:45 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. The event is being presented in cooperation with the Sioux Falls Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

The theme of the service is “The Timeless Music of the Church Year” with guest organist, John Walker, who is director of music and organist at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. The audience will be choral singers, and church, high school, community choir and college/university directors. The format of the service includes choral/organ music based upon the liturgical year, including Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Palm Sunday, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost.

In addition to the massed choir pieces, Dordt’s Concert Choir will perform two individual works: "The Three Kings" by Healey Willan (Epiphany) and "Eli, Eli!" by Gyorgy Deak-Bárdos (Good Friday).

“Whenever I go to these types of events it really raises the bar for me and lets me know what’s possible,” said Dr. Ben Kornelis, director. “I always come back with all these new ideas. I really hope it will do the same for the students as they hear different choirs and are directed by different directors.”

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