News Release

Big Sing: College and high school choirs collaborate

Monday, January 26, 2009

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - More than 150 select singers from 15-plus Minnesota high school choirs, along with the St. Cloud State Choir, will participate in the “Big Sing” Honor Finale Concert 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, in Ritsche Auditorium, Stewart Hall.

The event also will feature exemplary student soloists, one of the state’s best-known choirs, the Willmar High School Cardinal Choir, and “O Fortuna from Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana, sung by more than 225 voices in the finale concert.

The Big Sing is free and open to the public under the sponsorship of the St. Cloud State choirs and the student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

Guest conductor for the Big Sing is the legendary Weston Noble, 86, now Johnson Professor Emeritus of Music at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, who was director of the Luther College Nordic Choir for 57 years, director of the Luther College Concert Band for 25 years, and guest conductor of more than 900 all-state bands, orchestras, choirs and festivals across four continents.

In 1994 the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association established the annual Weston H. Noble Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Choral Art.  Noble also received the Robert Lawson Shaw Award from the American Choral Directors Association and the 2008 Midwest Clinic Medal of Honor from the International Convention of Band and Orchestra Directors, was named the Outstanding Music Educator of the United States by the National Federation of State High School Associations, holds four honorary doctoral degrees and received the St. Olav’s Medal from King Harald V of Norway for his contributions to Norwegian-American relations.

In 2009 Noble returns as guest conductor for Guam’s sixth annual Pacific Summer Music Festival and he will conduct the International Schools Festival to be held in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, with participants from Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan.

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Contact:  Professor Lee Nelson, 320-308-2260, ldnelson@stcloudstate.edu .

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