From its humble beginnings in the LHS Auxiliary gym, thousands of students have participated in the Choral Festival!
On November 10th 11th and 12th 1967, choirs from six WELS high schools and two WELS preparatory schools gathered in the gymnasium of Luther High School for the first ever Choral Festival. They worked together under the baton of guest conductor and clinician Prof. Martin Albrecht from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.
The goals of the Festival included acquainting students with varying styles of music and directors, providing an opportunity for good Christian Fellowship, developing their vocal skills and talents to a greater extent, and giving singers an opportunity for an even more rewarding relationship with their Savior through His gift of music.
It was hoped by the founding directors of the Choral Festival that it would continue as an annual event. The Lord has blessed that original vision, and the Choral Festival has been held every year after that.
From its humble beginnings in what we now call the Auxiliary gym, thousands of students have participated in the Festival and it has been hosted by the majority of our WELS high schools, prep schools, and colleges.
Exactly 50 years later to the day, over 500 students from all across the country will be gathering once again for Choral Festival. On November 10th, rehearsals will begin at the La Crosse Center, leading up to the Pops Concert that evening at 7:00. The Pops Concert gives each group a chance to showcase their unique musical talents. Saturday will be spent rehearsing and preparing for the Sacred Concert, which will be held at the La Crosse Center on Sunday, November 12th at 2:00 p.m. No tickets are needed; freewill offering will be taken at both concerts.
The Sacred Concert will be led by Clinicians Sarah Henrich, Dan Larson, and James Grasby. All three are Luther alumni, and are well prepared to lead the students through a weekend of fun, fellowship, musical excellence and most importantly, spiritual growth. The concert will feature sacred music from each of the past five decades, and two original compositions written in the past year.