Vocal music students from the Three Lakes School District attended the 64th annual Dorian Vocal Music Festival in January.
Held at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, the Dorian Vocal Festival is for outstanding junior and senior vocalists in high school. Musicians are nominated by their choral directors. Of these students, 1,200 are chosen to participate in the Festival Choir.
A grand concert is held at the end of the Festival. During this concert the Luther College Nordic Choir also performs, along with festival soloists who are selected from over 500 students who audition.
Participating in the festival were Three Lakes choir students Isabella Devereaux, Anya Fairchild, Brendan Stoehr and Derek Thorn, who sang with 1,200 juniors and seniors from Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota and Illinois in the largest massed choir of its kind in the United States.
Students learned four choral works and performed during a Jan. 12 evening concert, and they also attended a concert featuring the Luther College choirs and a Minnesota high school choir, as well as soloists who earned scholarships to Luther.
This event was a positive experience for singers who are used to performing in a smaller choir, and they learned a great deal from their sessions with Luther College professor, Dr. Allen Hightower, and professors, Andrew Last and Jennaya Robison, who helped to improve their vocal technique. Three Lakes students were nominated and accompanied by Three Lakes Vocal Music Teacher Mrs. Lisa Smetana.