CAS Jan/Feb 2020 Concerts

CAS Concert Series | February 2020

Iowa State Singers & St. Michael-Albertville Concert Choir

Saturday, February 15 | 7:00 pm | Sanctuary

The Iowa State Singers return to NLC, along with the St. Michaels-Albertville High School Concert Choir, to present this mid-winter choral concert. The Iowa State Singers will share their music with us in worship the following day.
 

About Iowa State Singers

The Iowa State Singers is a 72-member mixed choral ensemble comprised of students who come from numerous areas of study at Iowa State. This select ensemble performs the finest literature from Renaissance to contemporary, including newly commissioned works. In addition to performing various local concerts, the Singers tour annually and present an authentic Madrigal Dinner every January. Every spring they perform a masterwork with all ISU choirs, most recently Orff's Carmina Burana, Handel's Messiah, Brahms' German Requiem, and other such works.

The Iowa State Singers have been honored in recent years with invitations to perform at several highly distinguished music conferences, including the 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2018, and 2019 ACDA conferences in Sioux Falls,  Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City, Chicago, and Kansas City, and the 2008 and 2011 NCCO National Conferences in Cincinnati and Fort Collins. Thousands of choral conductors from the United States and abroad have responded enthusiastically to the choir's offerings. The members of the Iowa State Singers have been thrilled with these opportunities and gratefully acknowledge their former members, whose commitment to artistry helped to develop one of the very beautiful traditions at Iowa State University.

About St. Michael-Albertville High School Choirs

As a flagship organization for the district, the St. Michael-Albertville High School Music Program prides itself on excellence and inclusion for the over 600 students that it serves. The STMA Choir Program includes eight different performing ensembles offered at STMA High School. Each of these ensembles is designed to challenge students wherever they are at in their choir journey, and we take pride in being a home for so many people. Recent performance highlights from our program include invitational performances with American Public Media (APM), the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) as well as many collaborative performances with area high schools, collegiate ensembles, and professional ensembles.

The STMA Concert Choir is an advanced mixed choir for SATB voices in grades 10-12. Students in the Concert Choir compete through the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) at one of their annual large group contest festivals each year. Additionally, members are also required to perform at solo and ensemble contest. The Concert Choir is also a touring ensemble, traveling annually and sharing performances with a variety of Community Choirs, High Schools, Colleges, and Universities.

 

Joy for Generations Hymn Festival

 

Joy for Generations Hymn Festival

Andy Jacob, organist

Alexandra Mauney, pastor & musician

Sunday, February 23 | 3:00 PM | Sanctuary

Join us in a hymn festival to celebrate NLC's newly restored organ! NLC's own Andy Jacob, along with pastor & musician Alexandra Mauney, and all NLC Choirs & Brass present Joy for Generations. Reception to follow in the Fireside Room.
 
Free & open to the public! All are welcome.
 
About Andy Jacob
Andy Jacob, organistAndrew Jacob is a lifelong church musician, beginning as a kindergartner in Mrs. Oliphant's Cherub Choir here at Normandale. He has appeared as a recitalist and hymn festival leader around the country in academic institutions and churches of various denominations. Andy was awarded first prize in the 2019 Ruth and Paul Manz Scholarship Competition administered by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He currently serves as the Director of Traditional Worship at Rehobeth United Methodist Church in Greensboro, NC where he is acting organist and choir director. Andy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from St. Olaf College, where his primary teachers included Dr. Catherine Rodland (repertoire) and James Bobb (service playing). He is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in organ performance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under the guidance of Dr. Timothy Olsen.
 
About Alexandra Mauney
 

Alexandra Mauney, pastor & musicianRev. Alexandra Mauney is a Minister of Word & Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently serving as a Pastoral Resident at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, NC. Originally from upstate South Carolina, Alexandra moved north to earn her Bachelor of Music in Church Music and Organ Performance from St. Olaf College, where she fell in love with the snowy Midwest. She completed her Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in May 2019, where she graduated with honors, and she was ordained last fall. When she's not working or talking hymnody with Andy, Alexandra enjoys spending time at her local pottery studio.

 

About the Center for the Arts & Spirituality

Normandale Lutheran Church believes that nurturing the arts is an avenue for the growth of one's spiritual journey. Understanding that all gifts are given from God in Jesus Christ, we facilitate and encourage artistic expression.

cas logoThe Center for the Arts & Spirituality (CAS) strives to cultivate the arts and spirituality in a variety of ways. In addition to written expression, the visual and performing arts invite all to find God in ways beyond words. Sculpture, poetry, music, movement, dance, and more allow us to express our faith and grow on our spiritual journey.

Throughout the year, CAS hosts Faith in the Arts, an intergenerational and interactive way to engage in various forms of art. The inaugural 2016-2017 season kicked off with Peace through the Visual Arts and also included a music event, Light Eternal, featuring composer Cary John Franklin and Cantus. The 2017-2018 and 2018-19 seasons brought a literary arts event, Seeking the Spiritual in Prose and Poetry, and two visits from Theodicy Jazz Collective, among other events. As we head into the coming 2019-2020 season, our focus will turn toward our newly renovated organ (to be completed this summer). Each season brings festival events, workshops, and opportunities for all ages.

Center for the Arts & Spirituality Workshops are held throughout the year and are open to all. Many of the workshops and classes will be with artists featured in the Faith in the Arts series. Other workshops will be held in the summer months, such as the annual summer Brass Workshop.

In addition, a cultivated concert series brings music to all. From the Minneapolis Civic Orchestra Family Concert to the National Lutheran Choir, the concert series brings exceptional music and makes it accessible to all.

For those interested in music lessons, CAS offers applied music lessons with select instructors teaching a variety of instruments for those of all ages wishing to study music.

Most events are free and all are open to the public.

If you have any questions, please contact David Clarke, Director of Music and Worship at Normandale Lutheran Church, at davidc@normluth.org / 952.929.1697 x366.

The Center for the Arts & Spirituality is led by: Kris Bigalk, David Clarke, Andrea Humphrey, Suzanne Klein, David Linne, and Dorothy Scott.