NCTC to Host High School Honor Choir and Concert

25th Annual Northland Music Department Choral Events

On Thursday, November 2, 2017 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 Music Department has hosted an annual high school choir event since 1993. Now in its 25th year,” said Linda Samuelson. She added, “Students join us from 10-12 area schools. They come together to rehearse for a full day and then present the culmination of their hard work that evening at the Choral Concert.”

The Northland Chamber Choir will begin the program with “Hamba Lulu” which is a traditional piece arranged by Alexander L’Estrange. Their next selection will be a piece titled “Tatkovina,” which is a Macedonian Folk Song arranged by Greg Jasperse. They will also perform “Where Go the Boats” written by Robert Lewis Stevenson and Music by Mary Lynn Lightfoot. The Honor Choir will perform “Hark, Our Voices Now are Singing” a concert round written by W.A Mozart. Other pieces that will be performed during the evening include “Skye Boat Song,” a Scottish Folk song and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady” by the writing duo Harburg and Arlen. The Northland Choir will conclude their portion of the concert with a piece written in Swahili by Kenyan musician Teddy Kalanda Harrison and arranged by Narverud titled “Jambo”.

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 Northland and rehearses during the week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 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 directors are: Badger – Dan Carpenter; Mary Jane Brock – Fisher School; Nick Flattum – GMR High School; Gene Lunsetter – Grygla/Gatzke; Barb Geer – Heritage Christian; Kathryn Nordine – Lake of the Woods; Alanna Dawson – Lancaster School; Megan Argall – Mahnomen Public School; Katie Miller – Marshall County Central; Sara Carpenter – Tri-County School; Charity Salmonson – Win-E-Mac; and Lorrisa Skalsky – Goodridge Schools. Together, these 12 schools are bringing over 110 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.

Admission for the Northland Choir Concert to be held at Northland College on Nov. 2 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.