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Wisconsin Lutheran Choir

The choir performs four concerts on campus each year, provides music for worship services for local WELS congregations and embarks on an annual spring concert tour. The choir rehearses five hours each week and performs music from the sixteenth through the twenty-first centuries, sung in original languages. Membership in this select ensemble is by audition only. All WLC students are welcome to audition, regardless of major.

  • As an ensemble of believers in Christ, the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir exists to: 

    • Glorify God with a commitment to excellence; 
    • Study and perform choral repertoire from the Renaissance to the Twenty-First Century to the highest artistic level; 
    • Broaden audience awareness of and appreciation for a wide variety of choral music through formal concerts and other performances; 
    • Serve as ambassadors for our Savior and Wisconsin Lutheran College off campus; 
    • And assist congregations of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod with outreach during concert tours and by providing special music for worship services.

    Learn about current and past choir tours or see the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir repertoire.

  • About the Director

    Dr. James A. Nowack image

    James A. Nowack, DMA has been the Director of Choral Activities at Wisconsin Lutheran College since 1994. He holds a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from Augsburg College, master's degrees in piano performance and choral conducting from Kent State University and the University of Minnesota; and a doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting and literature from the University of Iowa. He has studied the choral art under Larry Fleming, Thomas Lancaster, and William Hatcher.

    Since completing his formal education, Dr. Nowack continues his professional inquiry through workshops and festivals, both as a participant and a clinician.

    2015-2016 Wisconsin Lutheran Choir

    Soprano I

    Jessa Ehlinger
    JiMin Ha
    Esther Harbach
    Lydia Harbach
    Geneva Micklinghoff
    Genevieve Nelson
    Reese Schlawin
    Danielle Willis

    Soprano II

    Sarah Burk
    Keela Coppersmith
    Anna Curtis
    Hannah Dovnik
    Autumn Ehlinger
    Heather Hellyer
    Abigail Himm
    Erika Koenig
    Morgan Shafer

    Alto I

    Maggie Birkholz
    Adrianna Eckert
    Anna Henning
    Lauren Howard
    Rachel Kelly
    Laura Kramp
    Kate Wierzbicki
    Jasmin Wise

    Alto II

    Hannah Bartels
    Megan Mentink
    Beth Nommensen
    Leah Northrop
    Levi Pimentel
    Emily Schulz
    Laura Weiland
    Lindsey Wood

    Tenor I

    Eavary Dammond
    Joseph Dovnik
    John Halvorson
    Ethan Jahns
    Joshua Nolte
    Coltyn VonDeylen

    Tenor II

    Grant Coppersmith
    Caleb Hintz
    John Lewinski
    Zachary Oblender
    Jarred Strupp

    Bass I

    Christopher Gibbons
    Jacob Schleif
    Tristen Seymour
    Austin Wagenknecht
    Jonathan Wright

    Bass II

    Steven Griebenow
    Jonathan Ihlenfeldt
    Joe Pautz
    Nathanael Ristow
    Thomas Schneiker
    Zachary Stohlman
    Sam Thoma

    2015-2016 Chamber Choir

    The Chamber Choir performs four concerts on campus each year, and also tours with the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir. Repertoire is sacred and secular, including anthems, part songs and vocal jazz. Chamber Choir rehearses three hours per week.

    This is a select 25-voice mixed ensemble; membership is by audition only. Concurrent membership in the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir is required.

    Soprano

    Lydia Harbach
    Anna Curtis
    Autumn Ehlinger
    Erika Koenig
    Morgan Shafer
    Danielle Willis

    Alto

    Anna Henning
    Lauren Howard
    Megan Mentink
    Beth Nommensen
    Laura Weiland
    Lindsey Wood

    Tenor

    Grant Coppersmith
    John Halvorson
    Caleb Hintz
    Ethan Jahns
    John Lewinski
    Jarred Strupp
    Coltyn VonDeylen

    Bass

    Christopher Gibbons
    Steven Griebenow
    Thomas Schneiker
    Zachary Stohlman
    Austin Wagenknecht
    Jonathan Wright

     

    Auditioning

    Private auditions are held at the beginning of fall semester. All WLC students may audition regardless of major. Audition forms, sign-up sheets, the complete season's schedule, and other membership information will be posted outside of the Wolf Rehearsal Hall in the lower level of the Center for Arts and Performance.

    The ten-minute audition will consist of scales, 4-7 note pitch matching drills, and sight-singing. Singers should come to the audition warmed up. During the audition, Dr. Nowack will assess:

    1. Range
    2. Tessitura
    3. Tone quality
    4. Pitch accuracy

    Other factors important for choir membership are:

    1. Willingness to advance the mission of the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir
    2. Past choral experience (desirable but not absolutely necessary)
    3. Private or group voice instruction (recommended but not required)
    4. Positive, respectful attitude
    5. A commitment to the entire concert season (two semesters), including the annual concert tour

    Following the private audition, some singers will be asked to return for call-backs. In call-backs, students are asked to sing in groups to determine proper voice placement. Call-back lists and times will be posted on the audition board near the rehearsal hall.

    The final roster for the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir will be posted on the Friday before Labor Day. The first rehearsal will be held on the Tuesday following Labor Day.

    Questions about auditions and membership in the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir should be directed to Dr. Nowack via email

  • Upcoming Choir Events

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