Stanley R. Wold, Artistic Director and Conductor

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Our mission is to bring fine performances of distinctive vocal ensemble literature to the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota, Northern Wisconsin, and beyond. Our repertoire spans five centuries of Western Music traditions - sacred and secular, folksong and art song, opera chorus and vocal jazz, music with humorous texts and occasional full operetta performances.


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The Arrowhead Chorale 2015-2016 Concert Series


Our 26th season promises to be as superb as our 25th!

December 19 and 20, 2015
Holiday Music with Chamber Instrumentalists

Enjoy holiday music the Arrowhead Chorale way, with chamber instrumentalists and a chance to experience UMD's new digital organ. Weber Music Hall on the UMD campus.
Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m.

March 18 and 19, 2016
The Minnesota premiere of Mortals and Angels: a Bluegrass Te Deum with Monroe Crossing

In December 2014 we performed The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass. This March, we are again collaborating with the nationally- renowned Monroe Crossing to bring you the Minnesota premiere of composer Carol Barnett's follow-up work, Mortals and Angels: a Bluegrass Te Deum.

Duluth Depot Great Hall
Friday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m.

May 15 and 22, 2016
Rachmaninoff's Vespers with Guest Conductor Yuri Klaz, Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, and Winnipeg Singers

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday, May 15
First Lutheran Church, Duluth
Sunday, May 22 at 3 p.m.



If you are interested in singing with the Arrowhead Chorale, we hope that you will audition!  You can contact us through our, or you can call Dr. Stanley Wold, our Artistic Director through the UMD Music Department, at 218-726-7504.

We hope to hear from you! 



The Duluth-based Arrowhead Chorale opened its 2013-14 season on Friday night with a Christmas concert billed as Pause Français. The program began with the choir in the loft at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, which is a wonderful place for the choir to be. Music director Stanley Wold began with an uninterrupted performance of the Christmas Midnight Mass (Messe de Minuit pour Noel), composed in 1690 by the very gifted Marc-Antoine Charpentier. The Chorale was joined by string quartet, two flutes, and organ, as well as a series of Renaissance art images projected toward the front of the church.

Though unfamiliar to modern audiences, Charpentier used melodies from several well-known French Christmas carols to convey the text of the Mass. Kyrie was sung by the chorale, then Christe was sung by three men, followed by a return of the chorale for Kyrie. The entirety of the Gloria text was highly rhythmic, coming from the Christmas carol he included. The Credo was more prosaic, even with the darkness of the Crucifixus, another familiar carol tune. The Sanctus was full, and the Agnus Dei was quite melodic, alternating between chorale and trio.

While the lovely sounds filling the sanctuary were well-blended, I couldn’t help feeling that the the overall effect was a bit heavy, drifting toward the Germanic side of the musical spectrum. I missed a certain delicacy, lightness, characteristic of the Parisian musical world at the end of the 17th century.

The chorale then exploded with a tremendous fanfare that included the harp of Janell Lemire and the flute of Paula Gudmundson. Minnesota composer David Cherwien shared his enthusiasm of the Christmas message with this setting of All My Heart Again Rejoices.  Wold moved on to the ‘Salvation is created in the midst of the earth.’  This 1912 setting by Russian composer Pavel Chesnokov was one of the highlights of the evening. All 25 singers were engaged, and the variety of Alleluias bounced around the room more than any other piece on the program.

A collection of nine very different pieces brought the Hammered Dulcimer of Paul Imholte into the choral scene. In particular, several works by composer Malcolm Dalglish featured the hammered dulcimer as the instrument accompanying the chorale. The women sang a Christmas Lullaby with a new and fresh Alleluia. Imholte shared a dazzling arrangement of Angels We Have Heard on High,  then supported the chorale as they sang three Appalachian Christmas Carols arranged by Dalglish.

Imholte offered a tantalizing version of The Gypsy Lodger, then headed off into a very haunting set of verses by Dalglish based on a Wendell Berry poem called Water Under Ice. The eleven men of the chorale created a dark glow along with Imholte’s dulcimer. Finally, a new setting of I Saw Three Ships, by Lucille Hands, closed this section.

One final carol, from the pen of Stephen Paulus, who created many arrangements with harp and flute for choral groups everywhere. This setting of We Three Kings included all six verses, with slightly different accompaniment throughout. Lemire and Gudmundson kept an aggressive pace throughout this familiar tune.

Keeping a steady tradition, the chorale asked the audience to sing four seasonal carols to close the concert. This diverse Christmas program is a rich way to celebrate this special season. The Chorale will repeat the program at Gloria Dei Lutheran on 3rd St. at 3pm on Sunday afternoon, preceded by seasonal music from a flute quartet. Hope you can be there for this choral richness.

Sam Black

Join Us This Weekend!


                A Pause Français

At Gloria Dei Church in Duluth, on the corner of 6th Ave East and 3rd St.

Friday, December 13 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 15 at 3:30 PM

Tickets are $18 for adults, $6 for college students and free for children.  

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You can always send us a check, and we are happy to send you a paper ticket.
But you can also, now, buy your tickets here on line.  Click on the tab on our site that says "Tickets".  You will see that you can purchase a single ticket for any of our concerts, and although this is Paypal, you can also just use a credit card.  So give it a try!  We are hoping that this is now up, working, and easy.
You will get an email that confirms that the payment is received.  This is your ticket!! So print that email, and bring it to the concert.  We are going to track how many folk use the online ticket purchases, so we look forward to seeing you do this successfully!  Thanks.
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