Augustana Choir to Perform Five Concerts on Midwest Tour

The Augustana Choir, whose ‘Song of Luke’ performance will be featured on South Dakota Public Television on Dec. 24 and 25, will perform five concerts during its 2011 Interim Tour, beginning Thursday, Jan. 27.

The 72-member Choir will perform at the following churches:

  • Bethesda Lutheran Church, Ames, Iowa
    7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27
  • St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Naperville, Ill.
    7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28
  • St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square, Chicago, Ill.
    3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29
  • Bethel Lutheran Church, Madison, Wis.
    9 a.m. worship service and 3 p.m. concert, Sunday, Jan. 30
  • Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Rochester, Minn.
    7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 31

Tour concerts are presented at no charge. A free-will offering will be taken.

The Choir will also perform a home concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6, at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Tickets for this concert are available at

The Augustana Choir is directed by Dr. James Johnson, head of choral music at Augustana.

Johnson came to Augustana in 1992 from the Boston University School for the Arts, where he was head of choral conducting and choral music education. He has also taught at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., and at high schools in Minnesota and Iowa.

Choral ensembles directed by Dr. Johnson have appeared at various conventions for the Music Educators National Conference and the American Choral Director Association. In 1991, his Concert Choir was part of the centennial celebrations of Carnegie Hall and the bicentennial of Mozart’s death, performing the Requiem Mass. His chamber singers and concert choirs have received invitations to perform at state functions in England, Ireland, Poland, France and Austria.

Dr. Johnson began his choral studies with Weston Noble at Luther College. After graduating magna cum laude with majors in vocal music and history, he received a Master of Music degree in choral conduction from the University of Tennessee. At Tennessee, he studied with Donald Neuen, currently the director of choral activities at UCLA. He earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois, where he studied philosophy, choral and orchestral conducting and music education.

He has taught various courses, including applied voice; music history of the medieval, renaissance, rococo and modern periods; choral conducting and methods; vocal pedagogy; vocal and choral literature and aesthetic philosophy.

Guest conducting appearances by Dr. Johnson include state and regional festivals in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. He routinely offers clinics for public school teachers at Music Educators and American Choral Directors conventions.

In the area of music research, Dr. Johnson is cataloging the collected papers and works of philosopher S.K. Langer for the Houghton Archives of Harvard University.

Dr. Johnson’s professional affiliations include: The American Choral Director’s Association; Conductor’s Guild; Council for Research in Music Education; International Federation of Choral Music; and the Music Educator’s National Conference. Honorary societal memberships include: Pi Kappa Lambda in Music, Phi Delta Kappa in Education and Phi Alpha Theta in History.

Members of the Augustana Choir 2011 Interim Tour include:
Jacob Anderson, Watertown, S.D.; Trent Anderson, Lake Benton, Minn.; Morgan Avery, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Ryan Becker, Le Mars, Iowa; Lauren Bennier, Sioux City, Iowa; Nathan Beran, Fremont, Neb.; Callie Berg, Northwood, N.D.; Katelyn Berg, Rochester, Minn.; Julia Blue, Brandon, S.D.; Michelle Braun, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Jake Bury, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Matthew Cook, Adrian, Minn.; Sara Damjanovic, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Katharine Demke, Bismarck, N.D.; Taylor Dickinson, Blair, Neb.; Majken Eckels, Scott City, Kan.; Maren Engel, Owasso, Okla.; Logan Enze, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Jeremy Erickson, Lincoln, Neb.; Daniel Fry, Pierre, S.D.; Rachel Gerber, Moorhead, Minn.; Chelsie Gransee, Sanborn, Minn.; Alaina Heiskary, Lino Lakes, Minn.; Ali Hoffman, Sioux Falls, S.D.; John Hokanson, Cottonwood, Minn.; Rachael Hoogendoorn, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Matthew Hugen, Sioux City, Iowa; Alexandra Hummel, Watertown, S.D.; Carolyn Hunter, Madison, S.D.; Caitlin Iverson, Madison, S.D.; Kai Jacobson, Champlin, Minn.; Blaine Jasper, Pipestone, Minn.; Christina Johnson, Maple Grove, Minn.; Missy Johnson, Inwood, Iowa; Adam Jorde, Cando, N.D.; Julia Kabes, Hugo, Minn.; Amanda Kaskie, Canton, S.D.; Natalie Klevan, Spring Valley, Minn.; Kyle Kopplin, Piedmont, S.D.; Glynnis Kunkel, North Mankato, Minn.; Shane LeClaire, White Bear Lake, Minn.; Luke Lynass, Sturgis, S.D.; Jacqueline Mayasich, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Adam McCarlson, Webster, S.D.; Kristen Meidinger, Colton, S.D.; Jared Mitchell, Lindstrom, Minn.; Kyle Muhlenbeck, Wells, Minn.; Mark Nelsen, Rock Valley, Iowa; Corynna Nelson, Custer, S.D.; Miranda Nelson, Hendricks, Minn.; Melissa Olson, Luverne, Minn.; Hannah Patzer, Marshall, Minn.; Colin Richards, Le Mars, Iowa; Aaryana Schilling, Mitchell, S.D.; Dane Schroeder, Rapid City, S.D.; Chris Shorter, Cannon Falls, Minn.; David Stadem, Blomkest, Minn.; Martha Stai, Inwood, Iowa; Matt Stole, Waconia, Minn.; Trey Sutherland, Belle Fourche, S.D.; Josh Thies, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Abby Trei, Rock Rapids, Iowa; Sawyer Vanden Heuvel, Rock Rapids, Iowa; Brandon Varilek, Clark, S.D.; Victoria Vaske, Le Mars, Iowa; Adam Vosburgh, Worthington, Minn.; Tyler Wasberg, Slayton, Minn.; Emma Werling, Milbank, S.D.; Courtney Williams, Centennial, Colo.; Benjamin Winkler, Cottage Grove, Minn.; and Kevin Zogg, Albert Lea, Minn.

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations