Allen Hightower has conducted the Nordic Choir at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, for the past six years. Soon, Dr. Hightower will begin a ew position at the University of North Texas.
On Saturday, April 9, at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, Minn., Hightower will conduct his final off-campus concert; he has a couple more concerts at Luther College before he returns to Texas, his native state.
Dr. Hightower recently spoke with Julie Amacher and Tesfa Wondemagegnehu to reflect on his experience leading Luther College's Nordic Choir. He has been particularly impressed by what he calls the students' "radically open approach to accepting each other. I've been transformed by that."
Listen to the audio above to hear more from Dr. Hightower, including one of his favorite memories from his time with the Nordic Choir.
Luther College Nordic Choir, conducted by Allen Hightower, will present a concert at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, Minn., on Saturday, April 9, at 7 p.m. Nordic Choir will be joined by the Bach Chamber Players of St. Paul to perform a program to include Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass" and Morten Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna." The concert is open to the public with tickets available at the door: $20 adults, $15 seniors (65+), and $10 students.