St Olaf Choir
The St Olaf Choir was founded as an outgrowth of the St John's Lutheran Church Choir in Northfield. Throughout its history, the St Olaf Choir has performed for capacity audiences in the major concert halls of New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Ann Arbor, Denver, Phoenix, Dallas, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland and Minneapolis. Well in excess of 20,000 attended concerts during the 2002 East Coast tour, with a similar audience for the West Coast tour in spring 2003. In 1993, the ensemble completed a 21-day concert tour of Norway and Denmark that included appearances at the Bergen International Festival and major concert halls in Oslo and Copenhagen. In 1988, the choir was one of only five choirs in the world invited to participate in the Seoul Olympic Arts Festival in South Korea. Two years earlier, the choir celebrated the 75th anniversary of its founding with a four-week concert tour to Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China.
The achievements of the St. Olaf Choir were recognized in 1999 when the choir received the Wittenberg Award for distinguished service to church and society. This presentation represented the first time that a group was honoured with the Wittenberg Award. Broadcasts and recordings spread the influence of the St Olaf Choir.
Anton Armstrong - conductor
Since 1990 Anton Armstrong has been the Harry R and Thora H Tosdal Professor of Music at St Olaf College and Conductor of the St Olaf Choir. In 1999 he conducted the St Olaf Choir in critically acclaimed solo concert performances at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Chicago, Illinois. In August 1996 he was featured as a clinician at the Fourth World Symposium on Choral Music in Sydney, Australia and conducted the St. Olaf Choir at the Sixth World Symposium on Choral Music in August 2002 in Minneapolis.
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