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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.

CHOIR TOURS CHOIR REPERTOIRE

  • 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.

    2020-2021 Wisconsin Lutheran Choir

    Soprano

    Cassidy Avery
    Lauren Bacik
    Brookelyn Bender
    Katherine Fendrick
    Charley Fleek
    Hayley Giovinazzo
    Sydni Haubrich
    Chloe Herman
    Emily Junker
    Katie Kulik
    Christal Phelps
    Jenna Salzwedel
    Isabel Schmenk
    Alyssa Schuh
    Lily Schultz
    Paige Wagner
    Samantha Wells
    Jenna Young

    Alto

    Emily Bublitz
    Hannah Centinario
    Olivia Gerbing
    Elisa Hatton
    Molly Hilgendorf
    Elise Johnson
    Allison Kulik
    Alyssa Leitzke
    Madeleine O'Keefe
    April Pabst
    Catelyn Picco
    Nina Schabow
    Millicent Selenka
    Grace Stroh
    Patricia Waraczynski
    Kathy Weigand

    Tenor

    Zackary Henke
    Philip Maio
    Kurtis Schwartz
    Jon Spaeth
    Isaac Stellick
    Michael Wagner
    Elijah Wall
    Samuel Wilde
    Brady Wirkes
    Mason Zuehlke

    Bass

    Collin Cerny
    Caleb Doebler
    Evan Johnson
    Ethan Kivela
    Michael Kuether
    Aaren Kvale
    Jacob Markhardt
    Douglas Reinhardt
    Eric Rodell
    Carlos Seiltz
    Luke Stellick
    Jonathan Su
    Peter Vanderhyde
    Tristan Wright
    Travis Yakich

    2020-2021 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

    Emily Junker
    Christal Phelps
    Jenna Salzwedel
    Paige Wagner
    Jenna Young

    Alto

    Molly Hilgendorf
    Elise Johnson
    Madeleine O'Keefe
    Catelyn Picco
    Nina Schabow
    Grace Stroh

    Tenor

    Zack Henke
    Kurtis Schwartz
    Michael Wagner
    Elijah Wall
    Brady Wirkes
    Mason Zuehlke

    Bass

    Collin Cerny
    Ethan Kivela
    Jacob Markhardt
    Doug Reinhardt
    Eric Rodell
    Jonathan Su

    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

    No upcoming events are available.