St. Olaf Choir embarks on 15-city nationwide tour – St. Olaf College
St. Olaf’s Choir embarks on 15-city nationwide tour
The St. Olaf Choir, led by Anton Armstrong ’78, is embarking on a nationwide tour through the Mid-Atlantic this winter. It comes two years after the choir celebrated its centennial tour at Carnegie Hall in 2020, just weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic put choral music on campus and around the world at risk. The 2022 tour will include strict measures to provide the safest experience possible for student musicians and their audiences.
The St. Olaf’s Choir has set a gold standard for choral singing, and the 75 singers of the ensemble and Armstrong will perform in 15 cities from Saturday January 22 through Saturday February 12, 2022, presenting concerts in some of the finest concert halls across the country. on an 11-state tour of Utah, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Ohio.
Choir director St. Olaf Anton ArmstrongHearing the St. Olaf’s Choir in concert is more than just a musical experience. Our singers, performing at the highest artistic level, convey a message of hope. Our music provides a bridge to what can unite us at a time when the world is so divided. We often hear spectators tell us that they are not only struck by the sound and uniformity of the Choir Saint-Olaf, but also by the seriousness of what emanates from the voices of our young singers. Our singers touch the hearts and souls of listeners, and our audience leaves transformed.
The entire St. Olaf Choir is fully vaccinated and will perform masked singing for each of their concerts. At each concert, the public must wear a mask for the duration of the performance. For multiple concerts, proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours is required at the door, and more information can be found when purchasing tickets.
Tickets and concert details are available online or by phone at 800-363-5487.
In addition to giving concerts for the public, the choir will have unique opportunities to sing with renowned local choirs during their tour. The St. Olaf Choir will perform with the Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City in a Sunday service on January 23 and share the stage in Nashville with the Fisk Jubilee Singers, a historic choir singing traditional African-American spirituals. The St. Olaf Choir will also visit the Choir School of Delaware, a non-profit organization that provides music training, academic support and multigenerational mentorship to at-risk youth in Wilmington.
National tour 2022 marks Anton Armstrong’s 32nd birthdaysd year as conductor of the St. Olaf Choir. He is only the fourth conductor to lead the ensemble in its 110-year history. In addition to his role as a music teacher at St. Olaf College, Armstrong is sought after on the international choral scene as a guest conductor and lecturer. Like its three predecessors, Armstrong continues the international reputation of the St. Olaf Choir, an ensemble rooted in St. Olaf College’s tradition of faith and commitment with a global perspective.
The choir’s musical selections for the tour reflect these values with a variety of works both sacred and secular. The program will feature pieces by living and traditional composers, including Adolphus Hailstork, Mack Wilberg, Felix Mendelssohn, JS Bach and the founder of the St. Olaf Choir, F. Melius Christiansen.