Wisconsin Lutheran Choir singing on stage

Wisconsin Lutheran Choir


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Raise your voice in joyful praise! Members of the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir and Chamber Choir are called to share the glory of God with others through their singing talent.

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Wisconsin Lutheran Choir

The Wisconsin Lutheran Choir performs music from the 16th century through the 21st — all sung in original languages. Members are committed to glorifying God through the highest artistic excellence. Wisconsin Lutheran Choir rehearses five hours per week.

As a member of this large, select ensemble, you will:

  • Share the beauty of a wide variety of choral music with audiences through formal concerts and performances, including four concerts in the Schwan Concert Hall each year
  • Serve as an ambassador for Christ and Wisconsin Lutheran College through off-campus performances
  • Provide special music at worship services for WELS congregations
  • Assist WELS congregations with outreach through concert tours, including an annual spring tour


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Chamber Choir

The Chamber Choir is a mixed, select ensemble. Membership is by audition only. Concurrent membership in the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir is required. Chamber Choir rehearses three hours per week.

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.



Choir membership is by audition only. 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. James Nowack will assess:

  • Range
  • Tessitura
  • Tone quality
  • Pitch accuracy

Other factors important for choir membership are:

  • Willingness to advance the mission of the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir
  • Past choral experience (desirable but not absolutely necessary)
  • Private or group voice instruction (recommended but not required)
  • Positive, respectful attitude

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.

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



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