​St. Olaf Choir to Perform at All Saints’ Chapel


For more than a century, the world-renowned St. Olaf Choir has set a gold standard for choral singing, and the ensemble’s 75 singers and conductor Anton Armstrong will travel from Sioux Falls, S.D., to Miami, Fla., during their 13-city 2019 Winter Tour. The St. Olaf Choir’s National Winter Tour includes a concert at All Saints’ Chapel in Sewanee, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31.
General admission tickets, priced at $30 for adults and $10 for students, are available at <stolaf.edu/tickets> or by calling 800-363-5487 (a $5 transaction fee will be added to all phone orders).
Over the span of 99 years, touring has played an important role in the life of the St. Olaf Choir, sharing its artistry and beauty of sound with audiences across the United States and around the world.
“Hearing the St. Olaf Choir in concert is more than just a musical experience,” says Anton Armstrong. “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.”
Armstrong said, “We often hear from concertgoers who tell us they are not only struck by the sound and uniformity of the St. Olaf Choir, but also by the earnestness of what comes through the voices of our young singers. The St. Olaf Choir performs at the highest artistic level, focusing on body, mind, spirit and voice. Our singers touch the hearts and souls of listeners, and our audiences leave transformed.”
Founded 107 years ago by F. Melius Christiansen at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., the St. Olaf Choir is internationally recognized as a creative force behind America’s a cappella choral tradition.
Now in his 29th year as conductor of the St. Olaf Choir, Armstrong is only the fourth conductor in the ensemble’s history, beginning his tenure in 1990. In addition to his role as a professor of music at St. Olaf College, he is in demand in the international choral scene as a guest conductor and lecturer.
Joining the St. Olaf Choir and Armstrong on their tour is organist Catherine Rodland, whose playing has been described as “transcendent” (The American Organist). She is Artist in Residence at St. Olaf College. She is a prizewinner in several competitions including the 1994 and 1998 American Guild of Organists Young Artists Competition, the 1994 Calgary International Organ Competition, and the 1988 International Organ Competition at the University of Michigan for which she received first prize. She concertizes throughout the United States and Canada.