Six Waupaca High School students traveled with music directors Dan Wolfgram and Kristen Sporakowski to the Dorian Vocal Music Festival on Jan. 9-11 in Decorah, Iowa.
Meghan Plunkett, Rado Wilke, Emma Sands, Haley Willarson, David Folan and Brad Tischendorf, from Waupaca, joined more than 1,300 students at the choral festival at Luther College. They were part of the world’s largest select honor choir, representing 353 schools from 10 states, under the direction of Allen Hightower.
Hightower is the college’s director of choral activities, conductor of the Nordic choir and professor of music. Hightower holds a doctoral degree in conducting from the University of California, Los Angeles, a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from Baylor University, a master’s degree in choral conducting from Eastman School of Music, and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Sam Houston State University.
Created in 1946, the Luther College Nordic Choir gained international recognition for its musical excellence during the 57-year tenure of conductor Weston Noble, who retired in 2005.
The students, while at Luther, spent time in extensive rehearsals preparing for the final concert. In addition, they sang solos for judges, as well as listened to several concerts from choirs around the country.
“This is a rare opportunity to sing in a choir of this magnitude. We wish we could take more students. It is an experience I am sure that they will never forget,” Wolfgram said.