Choral Works Concert Set For November 4 At NCTC

On Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Northland Community & Technical College (NCTC) Theatre in Thief River Falls, high school and college vocal performers from the area will take the stage to entertain with a variety of music. The performing groups slated for the evening’s entertainment are the Northland High School Honor Choir, made up of over 100 top choral students from the area and the Northland Chamber Choir, both under the direction of Linda Samuelson.

The Northland Chamber Choir will begin the program with “Tuwe Tuwe” which is a hand-clapping game from Ghana in West Africa. Their next selection will be a Turkish piece titled “Üsküdar,” which is the name of a town. To add musical flavor a tambourine and a soprano sax as well as a piano accompany the singers. From closer to home, the Chamber Choir will sing the a cappella spiritual “Hold Me, Rock Me” followed by their third a cappella piece “Din Dirin Din,” a medieval era piece that references the song of a nightingale. The Northland Choir will conclude their portion of the concert with a blues tune written by jazz vibraphonist, Lionel Hampton, called “Hey Ba-Ba-Re-Bop.”

The Northland Chamber Choir is a non-auditioned group that takes its membership from college students and community members. The Chamber Choir is offered every semester at NCTC and rehearses two times during the week on Tuesday and Thursday from noon until 12:45 p.m. If you have an interest in becoming a member of the Northland Chamber Choir, please contact Linda Samuelson.

The other large group on the program is the Northland High School Honor Choir. The schools attending this year’s high school festival and their director’s are: Badger – Dan Carpenter; Grygla-Gatzke– Gene Lunsetter; Greenbush-Middle River – Nick Flattum; Goodridge – Lorrisa Skalsky; Lancaster – Alanna Dawson; Lake of the Woods - Kathryn Nordine; Marshall County Central – Katie Miller; Red Lake County Central- Patty Mickelson; and Tri-County HS – Sara Carpenter; and Warren-Alvardo-Oslo – Mona Schoeder. Together, these 10 schools are bringing over 100 participants to Northland to share in a day of music-making.

Preceding this concert is a day of rehearsal for the HS Honor Choir. The students participating in the Honor Choir were nominated by their directors and have been preparing the music for some time. Their full day of rehearsing will culminate at the Choral Works Concert. The Festival will begin at 10:00 a.m. with full group rehearsals, which will occupy most of the student’s time. The Honor Choir will be rehearsing four pieces: “Vuelie,” a piece featured at the beginning of Disney’s Frozen; then a folk song, “I Gave My Love a Cherry”; followed by “La Lluvia” (The Rain), a Peruvian folksong; and wrapping up their portion of the program with a rousing Irish-inspired number based on a poem by the Irish author, William Butler Yates, “The Fiddler of Dooney.”

Admission for the Choral Works Concert to be held at the NCTC theatre on Nov. 4 at 6:00 p.m. is $5.00 and doors will open at 5:30 for the general admission seating. For more information, you can contact Linda Samuelson, Music Instructor, at 218-683-8717 or by email at

Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN, and East Grand Forks, MN. NCTC also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN, and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit or call 1.800.959.6282.