Six Colfax High School seniors performed with a select choir of singers from Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota and Minnesota January 11-12. Seniors Natalie Dworak, Abbie Greenwell, Samantha McCoy, and David Blanchard along with juniors Andrew Buckley and Tucker Hovde sang at the annual Dorian Vocal Festival at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
The massed choir was under the direction of Luther College choir directors Dr. Allan Hightower, Dr. Andrew Last, and Dr. Jennaya Robinson as well as Minnesota Public Radio’s Tesfa Wondemagegnehu. In addition to rehearsing and performing with over 1000 singers, the students performed solos for judges, and heard concerts featuring a Rosemount (MN) High School choir and three Luther choirs.
Natalie Dworak had the special opportunity to participate in Dorian’s Chamber Choir, a group of 100 singers from within the choir. Chamber Choir students gathered a day early on Luther’s campus to learn extra music.
“The festival helped me increase my volume and made my vowels more distinct and much easier to hear,” said Tucker Hovde. “It was a wonderful trip that was fun, very special, and meaningful to me. When singing with 1100 students it’s hard not to get emotional when it sounds so wonderful and you’re having fun.” Buckley added “Words cannot describe the sound of the tenors in the choir.”