To engage and inspire singers and audiences through high-quality performances of diverse, distinctive choral music and unique education opportunities in Northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and surrounding communities.
The Arrowhead Chorale is an auditioned symphonic choir led by Artistic Director Dr. Matthew Faerber. Originally formed by Paul Fletcher in the mid-1980s, the vocal ensemble engaged Dr. Stanley Wold as the first Artistic Director in the 1990s. Dr. Faerber joined the Chorale as Artistic Director beginning with the 2018-2019 season. The Arrowhead Chorale is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a working Board of Directors comprised of community leaders and musicians who support the arts in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Chorale and its mission are financially supported by a wide variety of organizations and individuals.
Chorale repertoire spans five centuries of western music tradition, from Medieval to world premiers – sacred and secular, folksong and art song, opera chorus and jazz – as well as music traditions from across the world. Arrowhead Chorale concerts often highlight local soloists, instrumentalists and performing groups. Education opportunities presented by the Chorale feature subject-matter experts, composers, musicians, and topics related to the current concert series.
The singers of the Chorale represent an extensive range of professions, and many have advanced musical degrees and collegiate-level choral singing experience. Auditioning singers perform solo music, complete rhythm- and pitch-reading tests, and demonstrate varied vocal timbres and techniques.
Dr. Matthew Faerber joined the Arrowhead Chorale as Artistic Director beginning with the 2018-2019 season. He has received advanced degrees in music from the University of Iowa and Brigham Young University. As a conductor, Dr. Faerber has led choirs in concerts on four continents, including Vienna, Rome, Rio de Janeiro, and a joint orchestra-choral performance of Mozart’s Coronation Mass in Tianjin, China with the acclaimed Nankai University Choir. He has conducted festivals and clinics in California, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, and Wisconsin.
As a pianist, solo credits include first prize in the Utah Music Teachers Association Collegiate Auditions and solo and concerto performances on the Temple Square Concert Series. Dr. Faerber has coached and/or collaborated with numerous faculty and graduate student vocalists and instrumentalists over the years.
His principle conducting teachers include Ronald Staheli, Mack Wilberg, and William Hatcher. He has studied piano with Gladys Gladstone, Jeffrey Shumway, and Lennox Larsen, and received masterclass instruction from Jorge Bolet and Andre Michel-Schub. Dr. Faerber is currently active as a collaborative pianist and vocal
Dr. Stanley R. Wold led the Chorale from the 1990s through the 2016-2017 season. He recently retired from his position as Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he taught choral conducting and vocal music education from 1984 to 2017. He has earned degrees from Concordia College (Moorhead), the University of Southern California (Los Angeles), and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. At UMD, he directed the University Singers and the Chamber Singers, taught voice and vocal music education, and was chair of the vocal area.
In spring of 2011 he was awarded UMD’s Albert Tezla Teacher/Scholar Award. Under Wold’s direction, University Singers and Chamber Singers have maintained an active national and international performance schedule: Austria & Germany (1994), Kenya & Tanzania (1997-98), state and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference (1995-2009), Costa Rica (2003), the Netherlands & Paris (2005), Turkey(2007), and the former East Germany (Dresden, Leipzig, Berlin; 2010). University Singers performed again for the Minnesota ACDA convention in 2016 season, when UMD hosted the conference for the first time.
Five collaborations between the UMD choral/instrumental areas and Arrowhead Chorale have been conducted by Wold: Duruflé Requiem (2000), Bach Mass in B-Minor (2004), Mozart Grand Mass in C-Minor (2006), Bach St. John Passion (2011); and Bach Mass in B-Minor (2017). Performance sites for these masterworks have included Basilica of St. Mary (Minneapolis), the cathedrals of both Duluth and Superior, First Lutheran Church (Duluth), and Weber Music Hall, UMD.
Dr. Wold has studied and/or conducted choral music in Hungary, Russia, four Scandinavian countries, and Venezuela. In his seventeenth year as Artistic Director and Conductor of Arrowhead Chorale, Dr. Wold was also Chorusmaster for the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra (1991-99). He taught secondary vocal music in Minnesota and Iowa public schools for six years. His experience includes significant community and church music activities. Presently Senior Choir Director at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Duluth, he is also an active adjudicator and clinician for the Minnesota State High School League and the Wisconsin School Music Association.
David Packa has been an active member of the arts and music community in the Twin Ports for many years. He received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, studying under Dr. Beth Gilbert. David has been an accompanist for the Lyric Opera of the North, the UW-Superior choirs, the UM-Duluth University Singers, and the Lake Superior Youth Chorus, as well as countless university and high school students. As a soloist, David has been featured with the Duluth Superior Youth Symphony, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra as winner of the DSSO Young Artist Competition, the UW-Superior Orchestra, and the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra. More recently, David accepted the position of Worship Director at Bayside Baptist Church and has enjoyed using his musical skills to invest in the local church. David loves being part of the community in the Twins Ports and lives in Superior, Wisconsin with his wife Taryn.
Brad Anderson has a deep appreciation for small choirs, first developed while attending the University of Minnesota, as Anderson sang in the Chamber choir under the direction of Thomas Lancaster. After college, he performed with select small choirs in the Twin Cities area. Anderson moved to Duluth in 2003 and said that the Arrowhead Chorale continued to fulfill his passion for smaller, intimate choirs that produce quality performances, bringing words and music together to communicate in a way that words alone cannot.
For as long as she can remember, Gayle Ankarlo has wanted to sing. Her mother even had a rule about no singing at the table because of her. When she was young, Gayle used to sit next to her mother on the paino bench, singing hymns as she played. This continued throughout her school years. Gayle received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the College of Saint Scholastica and taught 7-12 music in Wisconsin and Duluth (including Duluth Marshall) for several years. After teaching, she sold coffee for 20 years before switching gears to real estate, which she has enjoyed for the last 13 years – through it all, she has been involved with music; singing, playing, and directing at church, weddings, and other events. Gayle began singing with the Arrowhead Chorale at its inception, under the direction of Paul Fletcher. She loves to sing and can’t think of a better way to spend her time (unless it’s with her family).
Rachel Bartell holds a Bachelor of Science in Music from UW-Superior, where she studied clarinet, voice, and piano. She is a member of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra Chorus, has performed with the Lyric Opera of the North chorus, and sings in the choir at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Esko, MN. Rachel credits her parents for instilling in her a lifelong passion for music; growing up, there was always music playing somewhere in the house - from sacred to secular, classic rock to classical. Rachel is so thankful for the opportunity to work with this exceptional group of musicians!
Sam Black has been a part-time English and literature teacher since 1969, and a music director/organist/pianist for a variety of churches in Oklahoma, Illinois, Kentucky, and Minnesota. He and Kathy moved to the northshore (up from Oklahoma City) in the summer of 1995, and settled in the center of Duluth in the fall of 2002. He is mostly known as a choral director, a pianist who is excited about chamber music, and a writer who likes to review the local arts as he travels around the region and the USA. He has been connected with Arrowhead Chorale, as singer, pianist, and organist, off and on since the fall of 1996. Since the summer of 2004 he has been the Music Director and Custodial Engineer at Duluth Congregational Church.
Growing up in a home that appreciated music, Elsa began singing as a toddler sitting beside her mother at the piano. She sang in choirs at St. Olaf College, the College of St. Benedict/St John’s University and the University of Wisconsin-Superior, studying voice both as a student and as an adult. Holding degrees from St. Olaf College, Hamline University School of Law and UW-Superior, Elsa is an original member of the Arrowhead Chorale, returning this season. She also currently sings in the DSSO Chorus.
Brent Chouanard, a St. Peter, Minnesota native, has immersed himself in different aspects of music from an early age. His singing career followed him through grade school and into college where he sang in the Choir of Christ Chapel and the Gustavus Choir at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. During his time with the college choirs, he toured around the United States and parts of western Europe singing in historic sanctuaries including Notre Dame, St. Paul's Cathedral, and the Madeleine. After graduating from college, he joined Musicorum, a chamber choir based in Mankato, Minnesota, and sang for one year before moving out west to pursue his master's degree at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. Post graduation, he moved to Duluth in 2018 and began singing with the chorale in January of 2019. Chouanard works at Hermantown Elementary School and Great Lakes Aquarium. He loves living in Duluth and having the opportunity to share music with the larger community.
Native Duluthian Janine Dahlquist has valued music for decades, participating in Twin Ports Wind Orchestra, Harbor Brass II, and a variety of community groups. Her choral background of 30+ years has been under the direction of Dr. Stanley Wold at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Dahlquist said each week Dr. Wold enriched her choir providing lessons in music history along with voice. A graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth with a degree in family and consumer science and education, Dahlquist has been an Arrowhead Chorale fan for nearly 25 years and served on the Board in a number of capacities – finally joining our Chorale as a singer!
Rodney Dahlquist was convinced for years that he couldn’t sing, but risked joining Gloria Dei’s church choir and under the direction of Dr. Stanley Wold, his music education/training began. Close to ten musical theatre roles added some interesting experiences. Paulson said he was thrilled when Dr. Wold invited him to sing in the Chorale, and has for the past 20 years. Dahlquist is a retired Biology/Anatomy Physiology teacher and Theatre Director from East High School. Prior to his teaching career, Dahlquist was director of Youth Programs and YMCA Camp Miller.
Steve Eastep has been active in choral singing since college days in the Concordia Choir. His involved Duluth singing career includes Sacred Heart Centennial Chorus, DSSO Chorus, Duluth Festival Opera, Lyric Opera of the North and Arrowhead Chorale. His bass/baritone solo appearances include, Pilgrim Congregational Church’s performance of Dave Brubeck’s “La Fiesta de la Posada”, First Lutheran Church’s performances of Dubois “Seven Last Words of Christ”, and Arrowhead Chorale/UMD Masterworks performances of St. John and St. Matthew Passions. Steve currently studies voice with Wagnerian tenor John Pierce of Duluth.
Jeffrey Flory was heavily involved in music as a child, performing in choirs, orchestra, and musical theater. He sought to identify his passion in school, studying music education at Drake University in Des Moines, IA and environmental science. While pursuing a career in environmental science, his varied schedule kept him from joining choir and theater productions. He greatly missed performing, and finally found time to sing with Coro! Sonomento; was a tenor section leader at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Minneapolis and sang in VocalPoint. Work brought him to Duluth in 2014, and he fulfilled his need to sing in the Arrowhead Chorale. Flory said he is so thankful for the comeraderie that he has found with this group.
Kristin Freed is new to the Duluth area and absolutely delighted to join the Arrowhead Chorale. Her musical training began early in life, watching her mother sing solos and direct the church choir, listening to orchestral works with her father, and taking piano lessons. As a child, the most fun she remembers was singing in musicals, in school choruses and church choirs. Musical expression became intrinsic to being alive, each experience adding to a multifaceted celebration of doing art together with people. At Luther College, Kristin was privileged to sing under Weston Noble, and later completed a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance at the University of Iowa, singing in choral and chamber groups, solos and orchestral works. After college, her guitar went with her wherever she went, singing in church groups, youth groups, and then to Africa where she served to bring literacy to a poverty stricken people, who wonderfully expressed joy in their singing. Upon returning to the U.S., Kristin sang in the Park Rapids Chorale, the Bemidji Chorale for eight seasons, the Peninsula Singers, and the Peninsula Music Festival chorus in Door County, WI, newVoices, and church choirs. One of her favorite musical experiences was directing an acapella church choir for a year after the accompanist left, doing a new song every week, and growing into a vibrant musical family through singing together
To Hilary Godard, singing with Arrowhead Chorale combines interesting repertoire with a high quality musical environment that helps make him a better musician. Godard is a retired glassmaker with a PhD in ceramic engineering who came to choral singing relatively late. He has performed with multiple groups include Coming (NY) Philharmonic Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Westmoreland (PA) Choral Society, Mansfield (PA) University Festival Chorus, Cantata Singers of Elmira (NY) and the Wellsboro (PA) Men’s Chorus. In Duluth, he sings with DSSO, Echoes of Peace, UUCD and Arrowhead Chorale and studies voice with Dr. Matthew Faerber.
Catherine Grimm graduated from Southwest MN State University with a degree in vocal performance and music education and sang for three seasons with the Great River Chorale in St. Cloud, MN under the direction of Mary Kay Geston. She currently is a Graduate Assistant at University of Minnesota Duluth pursuing her Master’s Degree in Music Education.
David sang in choirs at First Lutheran Church, East High School and the U of M; the Jackson Choral Society and the Handel Society of Mississippi. In 1994 he performed at the Oregon Bach Festival. As a member of The Washington Chorus and Choral Arts Society of Washington from 1995 to 2006, he performed on two Grammy Award-winning recordings, six live PBS broadcasts of A Capitol Fourth and three CBS broadcasts of the Kennedy Center Honors. In 2004, Mr Haavik made three trips to New York City: once to perform Beethoven (orch Mahler) at Carnegie Hall as a guest of the National Symphony Orchestra; and twice to perform John Adams at Lincoln Center as a guest of the NY Philharmonic, with the composer conducting. He also sang in professional choirs at Luther Place Memorial Church and St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral. He participated in concert tours of Europe in 1971, 1996 and 2000. Since returning to Duluth, Dave has performed with the DSSO chorus, Loon Opera, Svenska Saangarna, and has served as worship team leader, diction coach, cantor, and assisting minister at First Lutheran Church.
Grace Herbertz is one of the younger members of Arrowhead Chorale, clocking in at 23. She joined her first choir in 7th grade, singing Soprano in LSYC. In high school, choir took a backseat to Taekwondo, but college brought singing back full swing. She left her native Duluth to study at the University of St Thomas, where she sang Alto II with Donne Unite Women's Choir, directed by Angela Mitchell, and studied voice with Dede Jorstad. She is excited to be a part of Arrowhead Chorale and looks forward to the coming year.
Bob Hess joined the Arrowhead Chorale in 2017. In high school, Bob sang in the A’Cappella Choir under the direction of Robert Mix at Duluth East High School. Bob also sang with Dr. Stanley Wold's University Singers at UMD in 1983-1984. Over the years, Bob has sung in his church choir as well as currently singing in a Men's Chorus group, consisting of up to 15 men, at Lakeview Covenant Church, where the group performs mostly a cappella traditional/hymn selections.
Dan Hoffman has been involved in music for as long as he can remember. In addition to singing with the Arrowhead Chorale, he is also an active member in the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and has sung with Lyric Opera Of the North, the Playhouse Theater, and other smaller production companies in the past.
Jan Ihrke has been involved in music since grade school, playing piano and clarinet. Jan holds a degree in Music Education (K-12) from the University of Minnesota – Duluth, and taught in public and parochial schools, as well as private piano and instrumental lessons, for over 30 years, and recently retired from the USPS after 20 years. She sang for four years with UMD University Singers under Vernon Opheim, played with Twin Ports Wind Ensemble for several years under Timothy Mahr, and has been involved in music at church, singing in choir and ensembles, playing piano, clarinet and handbells. Music has always been a part of Jan’s life, and she is looking forward to this next chapter with the Arrowhead Chorale.
A Two Harbors native, Jerry Kaldor had great experiences singing in school and church choirs when he was young. He majored in music at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, singing in both the University Singers and the Elizabethan Singers. Jerry has taught elementary music at Hermantown since 1988. In 1992 he founded and directed what became the Lake Superior Youth Chorus and served as Artistic Director for ten years. For the past twenty-five years he has served in worship ministry with the Vineyard Church. For several years he directed choirs at the College of St. Scholastica. Singing in Arrowhead Chorale has been a wonderful experience, and Kaldor is thankful for the opportunity to sing great music with and for others.
A native of Wausau, WI, Danielle Kannenberg attended Wausau West High School and was actively involved in her high school choir and theatre programs. She attended UW-Marathon County where she began her musical studies. While at UWMC she studied voice and was a member of the Concert Choir and Jazz Ensemble. She moved to Superior to continue her education at UW-Superior. At UWS, Danielle studied voice and was a part of the A Capella and Chamber Choir as well as the Opera Workshop. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Music. Danielle enjoys being a member of the Arrowhead Chorale and singing with such a wonderful group of musicians.
Born and raised in Duluth, Karly Karp attributes her love for music to her parents who always have encouraged her singing. While at Duluth East High School she sang in both A Capella Choir and Choralaires, which solidified her desire to pursue music in college. While at Waldorf University, Karly was an active member of the Fine Arts Department, singing in many vocal ensembles, several musicals, and countless voice recitals. Post-collegiately, Karly has continued her singing with Bel Canto Cedar Valley, The Rittenhouse Singers, DSSO Chorus, LOON Opera Chorus and is especially excited to embark on her first full season as a member of the Arrowhead Chorale.
Singing has always been the creative outlet for Jane Killough, as she performed in church community groups, at Carnegie Hall, or in the shower! Killough graduated from Carleton College with a major in biology, and studied voice and singing during her time there. She joined Arrowhead Chorale during our first season in 1988 and has sung with us every season since. Killough said she keeps singing because it keeps her sane, so it is no surprise that one of her favorites is “How Can I Keep from Singing?"!
George Killough is a retired English professor who used to make his poetry students sing. He sang in a choir as an undergraduate at the College of Wooster in Ohio and has been singing in church choirs ever since.
The Arrowhead Chorale is fortunate to have Alisa Kiprof on her 18th season with our group! She began singing as a church soloist as a very young child, and participated in numerous competitions. At school, she sang in the Mixed Choir, Concert Choir, Women’s Choir and Madrigal Singers. Kiprof was the only member of her high school to sing with the Beloit College Masterworks Chorus. Her musical career continued in college as a member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chamber Singers with Dr. Scott MacPherson and the UW Choral Union with the late Dr. Robert Fountain. In Duluth, Kiprof has sung with a women’s barbershop chorus, a mixed barbershop quartet and the DSSO Chorus. She is also the director of her church choir at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Duluth.
Paul Kiprof began singing in church choir during his high school and college years in Germany. After moving to the United States, he sang at UW-Madison in the UW Chamber Singers. He sang with the Duluth Harbormasters Barbershop Chorus for several years after moving to Duluth. Kiprof is a member of the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church Choir in Duluth. He has sung tenor and bass with the Arrowhead Chorale for the better part of 18 years!
I have sung in wonderful church choirs and small groups for many years and to be able now to also sing with the extraordinary singers and directors of the Arrowhead Chorale is a dream come true. Choral music can lift me up and transport me in ways that nothing else does. Levitation is real.
Maren's musical education started as a small child, singing 3 or 4 part harmony around the family piano and the dinner table. She studied piano all through grade school, adding voice training along with several choirs and musicals as she got older. While her college education focused on visual arts, music has continued to be a cornerstone in her life. Currently she enjoys choir and cantoring at Concordia Lutheran Church, as well as lots of singing and music with her kids and husband at home. She is honored to have the opportunity to sing with so many talented musicians in the Arrowhead Chorale.
Dan Maki has been a member of the Arrowhead Chorale since 2018.
Rachel Zana Mason is a talented music educator, teaching a large number of piano, voice and clarinet students in her private music studio while taking care of her four kids. With special interest in early childhood music, she also teaches music at a few preschools in addition to bringing families with young children to assisted living centers where they interact with elderly residents in music and movement classes. She graduated from Jamestown College with degrees in music education and English education, and has sung with the Bismarck Mandan Civic Choir, Dakota Chamber Singers and the Central Chamber Choir in Marshfield, WI. Mason joined the Arrowhead Chorale in 2007 after moving to Duluth with her family. She loves reading, writing, and documenting life through photography.
Susan Masterson’s singing career began in high school as she performed in several renowned musicals and sang the lead role in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Masterson continued to sing in various groups while in college and after college, she became involved with local community choirs and church groups. In addition to performing with the Arrowhead Chorale for the past four seasons, Masterson has performed at the Big Top Chautauqua and continues to perform in both musical and theatrical performances at Stagenorth in Washburn, WI.
Jordan Olson has been involved in music since she was very young. She studied piano for ten years and has been involved in a choir since kindergarten. In high school, she participated in all the vocal ensembles offered at Duluth Central, including Little Mob. Jordan was involved with the UW-Superior choirs for more than six years. She studied voice under Dr. Vicki Fingalson for seven years while attending UWS, and was also involved in the UWS opera workshop program, including roles in two operas. She received a BA in Music from UWS in 2017. This is her first year as a member of the Arrowhead Chorale and Jordan is excited to perform with a group of amazing people and singers.
Growing up in New Richmond, WI, Jake Olson was active in school and church choirs. His love of music and performance started early with involvement in a local children's and community theatre company. He has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he was a member of University Singers and Chamber Singers, and participated in two international tours with University Singers (Costa Rica, 2003; France/Netherlands, 2005). He has sung with Arrowhead Chorale as well as the DSSO Chorus. In 2006 he was given the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall with Arrowhead Chorale. Jake recently returned to Superior, and is thrilled to be singing with the Arrowhead Chorale again after a seven year hiatus.
Gary Olson’s love of choral music started early in the youth choir at Edina Covenant Church and continued into high school at Minnehaha Academy with director Harry Opel. He continued singing in the Twin Cities in church choirs and worship bands as well as with the Minnesota Chorale. After moving with his family to Duluth in 1992, he has been a member of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the UUCD church choir. He is currently a member of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Choir under the direction of Stan Wold as well as one of the vocalists in the church’s worship band, One Bread. A graduate of the University of Hawaii with a B.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics Education, Gary is a retired mathematics teacher and energy efficiency consultant to local electric utilities.
“Singing with some choir or another since she was five years old,” Jody Ondich is a faculty member in the Philosophy Department at Lake Superior College. She obtained a BA in religious studies and BM in piano from St. Olaf College, which she said is a wonderful place to wallow in music. Ondich has a small piano studio in her home and loves working with young pianists. Ondich joined the Arrowhead Chorale about 20 years ago.
Lisa Roazen is excited to return to her native Duluth after a 15 year hiatus! Cutting her musical teeth in church as well as grade school musicals, she went on to sing in the choir and women's ensemble at Marshall School. She sang with the Carleton Singers while pursuing her undergraduate degree in psychology, including a performance at Carnegie Hall. Lisa briefly returned to the Twin Ports for medical school, singing with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Chorus and, later, the White Bear Lake Community Chorus. Medical residency took her to New York City, where she sang with the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music chorus. Now married with three children, Lisa has relocated to Duluth where she works as an Emergency Physician at St. Luke's Hospital.
Growing up in mid-Wisconsin, Arielle always loved to sing and was very active in the local community theater and school district choral activities. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Superior where she served as a campus ambassador, music department office assistant, section leader and guest artist for various events. Arielle has also performed various roles in opera workshops, starred as Pamina in The Magic Flute, competed at NATS, performed with Lyric of the North and has been with Arrowhead Chorale since 2017. She loves working and serving the northland, enjoys doing CrossFit with her husband and going on adventures with their huskies.
Music has been central to Beth's life with children's choir and piano study throughout childhood, and 40 years in the Senior Choir at First Lutheran after moving to Duluth. Beth sang in the University Choir under Dr. Thomas Lancaster while completing a piano performance and anthropology major at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She diverted to accompanying string players while her three daughters studied Suzuki violin from age three through high school, and directed and accompanied children’s' choirs at First Lutheran while her children were small. She is very excited to be back in choral repertoire!
Alex Strelow has never not been singing in some capacity. Elaborate fireplace hearth concerts with three-part harmony were a regular occurrence as a child. Growing up, she sang in church youth chorus, junior high and high school choir, and just about every small group or ensemble that came along. During Alex’s time attending Bethel University, she sang for a variety of bands, but put her choral singing on pause. One husband and one move to NYC later, while working on her MA in Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU Steinhardt, Alex put an end to her inadvertent chorale hiatus and joined the Brooklyn-based Bella Voce Singers Women’s Choir under Founding Director Jessica Corbin. Next up, she was fortunate to be a member of the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus (YNYC) under Artistic Director Michael Kerschner. Through YNYC Alex had the privilege of participating in a number of singular experiences, including singing in the world premier of Mohammed Fairouz’s Symphony No. 3 “Poems and Prayers,” being featured on NPR podcast Radiolab’s Colors episode, performing at the 2011 national American Choral Directors Association annual conference in Chicago, providing backup vocals for a heavy metal Hanukkah band, and much more. Once her baby boy twins were born in 2013, Alex once again had to put choral singing on pause. Three moves and one more boy later, husband Reid and Alex have now settled in Duluth. She was over the moon to discover a strong choral tradition in the region and quickly joined the DSSO Chorus. Spring of 2018 marked Alex’s first season singing with Arrowhead Chorale, and she is thrilled and grateful to have found her musical home.
Bobbi resides in Chisholm with her husband and 4 children and grandchildren nearby. She is a graduate of UMD in flute performance and has 4 years of graduate studies in music education. She is also a member of the Northwind Flute Choir. Bobbi is active in her church choir and runs the children's music program. She enjoys guest performing with area groups. She has a private music studio in her home where she teaches flute. She substitute teaches in 3 school districts. Bobbi is also an artist specializing in pen and inks but enjoys all mediums. She especially enjoys spending time with her family.
Dana has a love for singing! She remembers the joy of singing in Sunday School as a child and has sung in numerous choirs ever since. Dana was in the Sleepy Eye High School Choir & Show Choir, Minnesota All State Choir and the Minnesota All State Lutheran Choir. While pursuing a degree in Communications & Management Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, Dana sang in the Manitou Singers and Chapel Choir. Additional experiences include singing with Exultate in Minneapolis, Eugene Concert Choir in Oregon, The New Choral Society in New York and the DSSO Chorus. She is so thankful to be a part of the Arrowhead Chorale!
Tim White became a member of the Arrowhead Chorale in 2018. Music has always been important in his life. He was a trumpet player and choir member in high school and college. Much of his singing experience comes from his involvement in musical theater, having performed on many stages in the Duluth area since moving here in 1981. His favorite role was Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof at the Duluth Playhouse in 2003. He and his wife Peggy recently retired after 20 years of producing dinner theater. Their company, Change of Pace Productions, worked out of the Fitger’s Brewery Complex from 1994 to 2014. Tim teaches mathematics at Denfeld High School and loves to sing in the church choir at Lakeside Presbyterian Church which Peggy directs.
Mary Whitlock’s mother has been her greatest inspiration in life and singing. She instilled the value of sharing music with others that started at a young age in Mary’s hometown church in Berea, KY - the heart of Appalachia - where church hymns, bluegrass, and shape note singing were a natural blend. Mary received a music education degree at Eastern Kentucky University and started teaching music in 1990. She sings in the Sanctuary Choir at FUMC (Coppertop Church) and professionally, is a member of ACDA (American Choral Directors Association and MN-ACDA) and NAfME (National Association for Music Educators and MMEA). Mary has lived in Duluth since 1994 and, known respectfully as Ms. Mary, continued to share her passion and love of music through teaching hundreds of students in elementary, middle school, and high school for over 20 years. She and her husband Mark have three beautiful daughters: Macaulley, Meredith, and Mayson.
Growing up with a deep connection to music, Brad developed a passion for choral music in high school singing with his school’s choir and madrigal groups in the western suburbs of Chicago. These experiences drove him to become a part of Millikin University’s Men’s Choir and Chamber Chorale as a vocal performance major before shifting gears and pursuing a career in medicine. Now settled in Duluth as a healthcare provider, Brad is thrilled to be pursuing his passion as a singer once again in his first season with the Arrowhead Chorale.
Kirby Wood spent the first 59 years of his life in the Milwaukee area before moving to Duluth to be near family and spoil his grandchildren. He sang in church choir from an early age but didn’t have a chance to sing in high school, since he played trumpet in the band and couldn’t participate in both band and choir! Later, however, Wood sang with the Bach Chamber Choir of Milwaukee and then the Master Singers of Milwaukee. Both of those groups perform fine repertoire similar to what the Arrowhead Chorale does right here in Duluth. Wood said it is an honor to be able to participate in such a fine organization.
The late Tom Holm sang with the Arrowhead Chorale for 28 seasons, and did not miss a single concert until illness required him to participate as an audience member rather than a singer. Holm was a retired physician whose first choral experience was singing in the wonderful choir at his high school, Minnehaha Academy, in Minneapolis. In his years at Gustavus Adolphus College, Holm sang in the choir. In 1974, he moved to Duluth, raised three sons and sang in the DSSO Chorus and some operas, and was the organist at First Covenant Church for 35 years. He will be dearly missed.
Arrowhead Chorale is always open to new individuals who are passionate about enhancing the arts in our region. Perhaps you enjoy music, or are seeking to meet some new people!
The Arrowhead Chorale is looking for trained, flexible singers! We are in need of altos and basses, though all voice parts are welcome.
Auditions will be held on Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 and rehearsals begin Tuesday, January 14th. Email email@example.com for more information or to schedule an audition!
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