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St. Olaf Viking Chorus

St. Olaf Viking Chorus

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The Viking Chorus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, is a group of more than 80 first-year student men who have been organized to sing the highest quality literature. They perform a program of music that includes motets, cantata movements, and anthems, as well as contemporary choral pieces, spirituals, folksongs, and music traditionally associated with men's singing groups.

The Viking Chorus was founded in 1935 by Luther Onerheim '37, when a number of students gathered informally, flourishing for more than 30 years under student direction.

In 1968, Dr. Robert Scholz '61 returned to St. Olaf, and was given leadership of this ensemble. Several years later, the Viking Chorus changed from a four-year ensemble to an ensemble open only to first-year men.

In 2005, Dr. Christopher Aspaas '95 returned to St. Olaf and succeeded Dr. Scholz as conductor of the Viking Chorus (having sung in the ensemble as a first-year). In recent years the Viking Chorus has performed as a solo choir at the Associate Male Choruses of America Big Sing!, the Minnesota Music Educators Mid-Winter Clinic, the Intercollegiate Male Choruses Inc. National Seminar at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and at the State Convention of the MN ACDA. In spring 2009, the Viking Chorus premiered a work by Mexican composer Jorge Cordoba Valencia in Orchestra Hall through the VocalEssence Cantare! project. They participate in many campus events, including the annual Christmas Festival, Choral Day, Family Weekend, and chapel services, as well as random acts of music across campus.

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St. Olaf Viking Chorus : In Concert : 00  1 CD : Robert Scholz :  : 29961

St. Olaf Viking Chorus : In Concert

Review: A collection of Sacred Choral Classics, Songs of Christmas, Ethnic Songs and African American Spirituals conducted by Robert Scholz fills this wonderful recording by the Viking Chorus of St. Olaf College. These pieces have been taken from many of their concerts, including their participation in the Christmas festivals. The recording begins with the first and final sections of William Byrd's Mass for Three voices. Other selections include compositions by director Scholz, such as "Set Me as a Seal" with piano and oboe accompaniment and the a cappella "All this Night." They also sing two selections is Swedish. This recording is a well sung variety of repertoire for men's voices.

Songlist: Mass for 3 Voices, Qui tollis , Haec est dies, The Cherubic Hymn , Cantique de Jean Racine , Nunc dimittis in Bb , Set Me as a Seal , The Shepherd's Psalm , All This Night , O Holy Child, Midnight Clear , Carols and Lullabies , Pa fjallet i sol , Domaredansen , What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor , Down by the Sally Gardens , Savory, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme , Somebody's Calling My Name, Were You There , In Dat Great Gittin' Up Mornin'

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7332c | 00 1 CD | $14.98 | Primarily a cappella Men's Choirs CDs


St. Olaf Viking Chorus : Repertoire for Men's Voices : 00  1 CD : Christopher Aspaas :  : E 3034

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St. Olaf Viking Chorus : Repertoire for Men's Voices

Review: Dr. Christopher Aspaas, assistant professor of choral/vocal music at Northfield, MN's St. Olaf College directs the Viking Chorus, a group of more than 80 first-year student men who have been organized to sing the highest quality literature. Their repertoire includes motets, cantata movements and anthems, contemporary choral pieces, spirituals, folksongs, and music traditionally associated with men's singing groups. There are 17 songs here, some favorites are the Moses Hogan spiritual "Plenty Good Room," the African song "One by One," from "Rhythm of the Pridelands," "The Water is Wide/Blow Ye Winds" medley, the profound "This is My Song" by Jean Sibelius, the rhythmic gem (with non-vocal percussion) "Betelehemu," the powerful spiritual "Rainbow Round My Shoulder," Ludovico Viadana's "Exsultate Justi," Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria," Eric Sayre's "Agnus Dei," and the traditional songs "Danny Boy," "Byker Hill," "Loch Lomond" and "Shine on Me." There is some light accompaniment (such as organ, piano and percussion). "Repertoire" is a strong collection, sung with a masculine, soulful spirit that touches and moves us!

Songlist: One By One, Exsultate Justi, Barechu, The Word Was God, Ave Maria, Agnus Dei, Lost In The Night, Betelehemu, O God, Our Help In Ages Past, This Is My Song, Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder, The Water Is Wide/Blow Ye Winds, Danny Boy, Byker Hill, Loch Lomond, Plenty Good Room, Shine On Me

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8960c | 00 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella Men's Choirs CDs


St. Olaf Viking Chorus : Rise Up O Men of God : 00  1 CD : Robert Scholz :  : 30085

St. Olaf Viking Chorus : Rise Up O Men of God

Review: The St. Olaf College Viking Chorus is a group of 60 first-year college men who have been organized to sing high quality music written for men's voices. They perform a program that includes motets, cantata movements, as well as contemporary choral pieces, spirituals, folk songs and the like. Included are 24 songs, from the title tune, Richard Farrant's "Hide Not Thou Thy Face," and Vivaldi's "Crucifixus," to Michael Cox' beautiful "O Holy Child," the folk songs "Down By The Sally Gardens" and " The Miller of Dee," closing with the lovely spirituals "Steal Away" and "Somebody's Calling My Name." Smooth, strong harmonies--this is powerful, inspirational spiritual music, sung with youthful energy by this wonderfully directed Christian male chorus. Great stuff!

Songlist: Rise Up, O Men of God, Hide Not Thou Thy Face, Crucifixus, If Ye Love Me, Haec est dies, O Blessed Are the Dead, Come, Let Us Worship, A Song of Joy, When Christmas Morn is Dawning, O Holy Child, Litany to the Holy Spirit, How Can I Keep from Singing?, Missa Salve Regina:, -Sanctus, -Benedictus, - Agnus Dei , Loch Lomond, Two Folk Songs for Male Voices:, -Down By the Sally Gardens, -The Miller of Dee, A Lovesong Trilogy, -Set Me as a Seal, -My Heart Is Like a Singing Bird, - A Red, Red, Rose, Were You There?, Steal Away, Somebody's Calling Me Name

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6811c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella Men's Choirs CDs


St. Olaf Viking Chorus : When Love Is Found : 00  1 CD : Robert Scholz :  : LR 9001

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St. Olaf Viking Chorus : When Love Is Found    onsale

Review: Northfield, MN's St. Olaf College boasts many fine vocal and instrumental ensembles. The Viking Chorus, founded in 1935, is a group of 60 first-year student men who perform motets, cantatas and anthems, as well as contemporary choral pieces, spirituals, and folksongs. The 26 songs of "When Love is Found" are largely classical sacred music such as Hovland's "The Glory of the Father," Pitoni's "Adoramus te" (We Adore Thee), Byrd's "Agnus Dei," Petrich's "First Born of Creation," Biebl's "Ave Maria" (Angelus Domini), and Gretchaninoff's "Only Begotten Son," the title tune and "Our Father." The beautiful folk song "Down by the Sally Gardens," the sea shanty "What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor," the Irish anthem "Danny Boy," the driving Israeli tune "El Yivneh Hagalil," and the spirituals "Were You There" and "Ain'-a That Good News" bring this very strong collection to a close. Some light accompaniment. A touching blend of sacred and secular music from this renowned ensemble.

Songlist: The Glory Of The Father, Adoramus Te, Adoramus Te, Christe, Agnus Dei , If Ye Love Me, First Born Of Creation, Cantate Domino, Psalm 36, All That Hath Life And Breath Prase Ye The Lord, Ave Maria, Song Of Peace, Agnus Dei , Only Begotten Son, Our Father, The King Of Love My Shepard, When Love Is Found, And Death Shall Have No Dominion, No MAn Is An ISland, Shall I Compare Thee, Down By The Sally Gardens, What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor, Danny Boy, El Yivneh HAgalil, Don't Be Weary Traveler, Were You There, Ain't That Good News

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8517c | 00 1 CD | $9.95 | A Cappella

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