Augustana Choir travels to five states; Aga is choir member

Augustana Choir travels to five states; Aga is choir member
The Augustana Choir, under the direction of Dr. James Johnson will perform in five states – South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa – during its 2006 Interim Tour.

Amanda Aga, Vermillion, is a member of the choir. She is a junior and sings in the Soprano I section.

The tour begins Jan. 28 in Red Wing, MN, and concludes Feb. 4 in Sioux City, IA. All performances are free and open to the public.

The Augustana Choir has a long history of excellence. Organized in 1921 by Professor Carl Youngdahl, it was one of two choirs to be invited to sing before the National Federation of Music Clubs at its biennial convention in Chicago in the spring of 1927.

The choir has appeared at the prestigious North Central Convention of the American Choral Directors' Association. It has performed in New York's Lincoln Center, and received enthusiastic reviews in Norwegian, Danish, and German newspapers.

In 1994, the choir was selected to participate in the 50th anniversary of the allied invasion of Normandy by Paris Mayor Jacques Chirac. In 1996, the choir was invited to represent South Dakota in the "American Musical Salute to Austria," an event commemorating Austria's Millennium.

With its music, the Augustana Choir has delighted and inspired people of all walks of life and all religious beliefs. This was evidenced by the response from the people of Ireland during the Choir's summer tour in 2004.

The 72 members of the Augustana Choir come from all areas of the student body. Their faith and love for music brought them together. These are everyday students with extraordinary talent who perform for the world. In addition, the choir sings at many campus events, including Chapel services and Viking Days Coronation.

In the summer of 2006, the Augustana Choir will travel to Tanzania, the site of many ELCA ministries.

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