Over the weekend of January 12-14, the 63rd annual Dorian Vocal Festival took place at Luther College in Decorah. Five lucky G-R vocalists were there to witness this breathtaking choral experience. This festival brings together one of the biggest choirs in the Midwest. There were over 240 schools represented, amounting to just over 1200 students. The representatives from Gladbrook-Reinbeck included: Courtney Crozier, Breanna Schlichtman, Aaron Shouse, Sadie Walton and Shelby Yates.
The festival started for these kids at 10:00 Sunday morning when they loaded themselves into a school van and took the trip up to Luther. Upon arrival to the campus, the vocalists were soon in their seats and ready to begin their first practice as a full choir. The director of the festival, Dr. Allen Hightower, had the magic touch for keeping the kids focused and attentive, even during such a long practice. They sang until dinner time, when the majority of the 1200 kids got in line to eat in the Luthor cafeteria. After dinner the students were treated to concert showcasing two first-year choirs from Luther College, followed by a dance.
After a night of sleeping on the floor of the Luthor dorms, students awoke bright and early for a day of singing. The choir only stopped their singing for meals to ensure that they would be ready for the concert later that night. Since the choir itself is so vast, this concert is put on in a very unique way. The choir fills all of the seats on the main floor, and many folding chairs. This leaves only the balcony for choir directors and parents, and since tickets are in such high demand, they must be raffled off. We were lucky enough to have two G-R parents in the audience to hear the wonderful spectacle of the 1200 voice choir. If you ask anyone who has been, the will tell you that Dorian Vocal Festival is an amazing experience, and that they were lucky to be a part of it.