The Choir Department Holds its Annual February Concert

Rachel Marsh, Reporter

On February 12, the choir department held its annual February concert. Six groups performed, Treble Choir, Little Hawk Singers, Advanced Women’s Ensemble, Mannerchor, Select Women’s Ensemble, and Concert Choir.“It was a very strong outing for every choir. It was our first concert that featured Select Women’s Ensemble and Mannerchor, they both did very well. Overall I thought it was a very enjoyable night of music with lots of different styles of music and a bunch of different soloists,” said choir director Tyler Hagy.

It was the second concert that the choir department has done during this school year. Select Women’s Ensemble sang “Remember Me” by Bob Chilcott and Mannerchor sang the crowd favorite with “Uptown Girl” with soloist Max Steltzer, which earned a standing ovation. 

“I enjoyed our two songs for Mannerchor and especially Max’s solo. He did a great job with his solo,” said choir student Aaron Rutherford ‘22. 

Concert Choir was the last group of the night. They sang an 18 minute song with 4 movements. The song was titled ‘He was singing’ by Joshua Shank. The song is about Ben Larson, a Luther graduate who went to Haiti in 2010 and died in an earthquake. Some of the Larson family members were in attendance at the concert, and Ben’s mother, April spoke before the choir performed. By the conclusion of the performance, there were few dry eyes in the house.

“I loved the piece. It was very intense and long, and really hard to learn, but it really paid off. Especially having the family here with us while we sang it. It was a very special experience,” said Yardley Whaylen ‘20.

Before the start of the concert, the Larson family spoke about the piece and Ben to the concert choir students backstage.

“It was really sad, it was really hard. It was heartwarming because they were so proud of us for even doing it and you could tell that music helps them heal. It was just very special for them to share some of Ben and his life with us,” said Whaylen.