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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.
As an ensemble of believers in Christ, the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir exists to:
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.
Kenneth Daniel Jr.
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.
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:
Other factors important for choir membership are:
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.