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Wisconsin Lutheran Choir

The choir performs four concerts on campus each year, provides music for worship services for local WELS congregations, and embarks on an annual spring concert tour. The choir rehearses five hours each week and performs music from the sixteenth through the twenty-first centuries, sung in original languages. Membership in this select ensemble is by audition only. All WLC students are welcome to audition, regardless of major.

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  • As an ensemble of believers in Christ, the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir exists to: 

    • Glorify God with a commitment to excellence; 
    • Study and perform choral repertoire from the Renaissance to the Twenty-First Century to the highest artistic level; 
    • Broaden audience awareness of and appreciation for a wide variety of choral music through formal concerts and other performances; 
    • Serve as ambassadors for our Savior and Wisconsin Lutheran College off campus; 
    • And assist congregations of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod with outreach during concert tours and by providing special music for worship services.
  • About the Director

    Dr. James A. Nowack image

    James A. Nowack, DMA has been the Director of Choral Activities at Wisconsin Lutheran College since 1994. He holds a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from Augsburg College, master's degrees in piano performance and choral conducting from Kent State University and the University of Minnesota; and a doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting and literature from the University of Iowa. He has studied the choral art under Larry Fleming, Thomas Lancaster, and William Hatcher.

    Since completing his formal education, Dr. Nowack continues his professional inquiry through workshops and festivals, both as a participant and a clinician.

    2019-2020 Wisconsin Lutheran Choir

    Soprano I

    Cassidy Avery  
    Jayme Brahmsteadt
    Katie Kulik  
    Claire Leverence 
    Emily Lovendahl  
    Isabel Schmenk  
    Alyssa Schuh  
    Hannah Snyder
    Paige Wagner  

    Soprano II

    Lauren Bacik  
    Charley Fleek  
    Hayley Giovinazzo    
    Emily Junker  
    Emily Palm  
    Lily Schultz      
    Miranda Spanovich
    Samantha Wells  
    Hannah Wolfrath  

    Alto I

    Abigail Bloomquist 
    Alyssa Leitzke  
    Catelyn Picco    
    Margo Prewitt
    Abby Schmitz  
    Megan Steer
    Grace Stroh  
    Patricia Waraczynski  
    Madison Wirkes

    Alto II

    Hannah Centinario    
    Rebecca Holm  
    Elise Johnson  
    Rachel Sebald
    Millicent Selenka  
    Mikayla Spanovich
    Katrina Stellick  
    Hannah Wilde
    Alex Yasumatsu  

    Tenor I

    Zackary Henke
    Kurtis Schwartz  
    Jon Spaeth  
    Jacob Stellick
    Tevelis Winslow  
    Aidan Wise  

    Tenor II

    Kenneth Daniel Jr.  
    Matthew Harbach
    Jonathan Kelly    
    Elijah Wall  
    Samuel Wilde  
    Mason Zuehlke

    Bass I

    Jonathan Adsit  
    Brady Coulthard    
    Seth Hughes    
    Erik Pyatt
    Douglas Reinhardt  
    Luke Stellick  
    Tristan Wright  
    Travis Yakich  

    Bass II

    Austin Dodson
    Caleb Doebler  
    Ethan Kivela  
    Harrison Krause  
    Aaren Kvale  
    Jacob Markhardt
    Peter Vanderhyde  
    Holden Wagner   
    David Wilson  

    2019-2020 Chamber Choir

    The Chamber Choir performs four concerts on campus each year, and also tours with the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir. Repertoire is sacred and secular, including anthems, part songs and vocal jazz. Chamber Choir rehearses three hours per week.

    This is a select mixed ensemble; membership is by audition only. Concurrent membership in the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir is required.

    Soprano

    Jayme Brahmsteadt
    Hayley Giovinazzo
    Emily Lovendahl
    Hannah Snyder
    Miranda Spanovich
    Paige Wagner

    Alto

    Catelyn Picco
    Margo Prewitt
    Rachel Sebald
    Megan Steer
    Madison Wirkes 
    Alex Yasumatsu

    Tenor

    Matthew Harbach
    Zackary Henke
    Jacob Stellick
    Elijah Wall
    Aidan Wise
    Mason Zuehlke

    Bass

    Austin Dodson
    Harrison Krause
    Jacob Markhardt
    Erik Pyatt
    Douglas Reinhardt
    Tristan Wright

     

    Auditioning

    Private auditions are held at the beginning of fall semester. All WLC students may audition regardless of major. Audition forms, sign-up sheets, the complete season's schedule, and other membership information will be posted outside of the Wolf Rehearsal Hall in the lower level of the Center for Arts and Performance.

    The ten-minute audition will consist of scales, 4-7 note pitch matching drills, and sight-singing. Singers should come to the audition warmed up. During the audition, Dr. Nowack will assess:

    1. Range
    2. Tessitura
    3. Tone quality
    4. Pitch accuracy

    Other factors important for choir membership are:

    1. Willingness to advance the mission of the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir
    2. Past choral experience (desirable but not absolutely necessary)
    3. Private or group voice instruction (recommended but not required)
    4. Positive, respectful attitude
    5. A commitment to the entire concert season (two semesters), including the annual concert tour

    Following the private audition, some singers will be asked to return for call-backs. In call-backs, students are asked to sing in groups to determine proper voice placement. Call-back lists and times will be posted on the audition board near the rehearsal hall.

    The final roster for the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir will be posted on the Friday before Labor Day. The first rehearsal will be held on the Tuesday following Labor Day.

    Questions about auditions and membership in the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir should be directed to Dr. Nowack via email

  • Upcoming Choir Events

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