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May 30, 2018

Kenneth Jennings was born in Connecticut on May 13, 1925. Unlike his predecessors at St. Olaf College, his family did not have any particular talents for music. However, as a child, Jennings enjoyed his piano lessons, and showed great promise in music.

Upon graduating h...

April 16, 2018

Brought up in a musical Lutheran household in Northfield, Minnesota, Olaf Christiansen had the luxury of growing up in the shadow of his father, the St. Olaf Choir, and music. This was imperative to Olaf’s musical growth and the continuation of the St. Olaf Choir under...

January 25, 2018


F. Melius Christiansen, circa 1926.

            To say that F. Melius Christiansen was innovative in his concept of choral music would be a major understatement.  Prior to the arrival of Christiansen to the choral scene in t...

January 16, 2018

We have a lot of great things beginning soon!  Come and sing with us!  All are welcome!  The Camarata Chorale is a group of approximately 100 members, and there is no audition!  We will be singing Faure "Requiem" (with orchestra) with Ramirez "Misa Criolla" (with Latin...

January 12, 2018

Eight years ago today Haiti was hit with a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake.  This earthquake devastated the country, and there were estimates of 160,000 people who perished in the disaster.  

Among the dead was one of many wonderful people, Ben Larson.  Ben w...

January 9, 2018

Weston was one of the most humble characters you could possibly meet.  He was a man who dedicated his life to music, to beauty, to vulnerability.  As with J.S. Bach, he lived his life with the motto of his alma mater, Luther College, where he taught for 57 years: Soli...

January 7, 2018

Every once in a while, I come across a video or recording that just enchants me.  One that I need to play over and over again.  One that impresses, enchants, and/or moves me.

Today, I found that video randomly pop up on my Facebook feed.  I really hope this young m...

January 4, 2018

2018 has come, and with it, new opportunity.  I am very excited for this year, and the possibilities it can bring.

While thinking of the yearly plan, I generally listen to music.  One of my favorite composers is Eriks Esenvelds.  To commemorate this wonderful Latvian co...

December 26, 2017

2018 is fast approaching.  This upcoming year, I will be blogging regularly on music, emotion, and other aspects related to the musical art.  Stay tuned!

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