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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.

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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.

    2022-2023 Wisconsin Lutheran Choir

    Soprano I
    Alyssa Casarez
    Ava Charpentier
    Elise Kopp
    Christal Phelps
    Haley Siwy
    Paige Wagner
    Elaina Wilson
    Jenna Young

    Soprano II
    Claire Conorman
    Katherine Fendrick
    Charley Fleek
    Sydni Haubrich
    Grace Hennen
    Abigail Pechman
    Kathryn Rausch
    Samantha Wells
    Logan Wensel

    Alto I
    Maddie Bailey
    Abigail Berg
    Allison Cook
    Lydia Gehring
    Elisa Hatton
    Molly Meihak
    Grace Stroh
    Kathy Weigand
    Jenna Wichmann

    Alto II
    Ellen Amundson
    Jenna Bickel
    Emily Bublitz
    Lauren Butler
    Madelynn Crabtree
    Camryn Friske
    Olivia Gerbing
    Elise Johnson
    Abigayle Koch
    Madeleine O'Keefe

    Tenor I
    Bryant Cheng
    Ben Felgenhauer
    Isaac Stellick
    Michael Wagner

    Tenor II
    Joseph Mastopietro
    Joshua Norris
    Benjamin Thoma
    Brady Wirkes

    Bass I
    Alexander Gregorius
    Ethan Kivela
    Stephen Klemp
    Philip Kolodzinski
    Eric Rodell
    Carlos Seiltz
    Tristan Wright

    Bass II
    Collin Cerny
    Michael Kuether
    Cameron Lange
    Isaac Lundberg
    Jonathan Su
    Peter Vanderhyde

    2022-2023 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
    Ava Charpentier
    Claire Conorman
    Sydni Haubrich
    Grace Hennen
    Paige Wagner
    Elaina Wilson  

    Alto
    Ellen Amundson
    Maddie Bailey
    Lauren Butler
    Abigayle Koch
    Elise Johnson
    Molly Meihak

    Tenor
    Bryant Cheng
    Joseph Mastopietro
    Isaac Stellick
    Michael Wagner
    Brady Wirkes  

    Bass
    Collin Cerny
    Alexander Gregorius
    Ethan Kivela
    Stephen Klemp
    Philip Kolodzinksi
    Michael Kuether
    Cameron Lange
    Isaac Lundberg

    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.

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

  • Upcoming Choir Events

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