University A Cappella Choir

University A Cappella Choir 2016 Tour

Concordia University, Nebraska’s University A Cappella Choir will travel to Colorado, Idaho, South Dakota, Oregon and Montana from March 2-13, 2016, for its annual concert tour. Two local performances will conclude the choir’s spring performance season on Sunday, March 20, 2016, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church (Newman Center) in Lincoln, Nebraska, at 2 p.m. and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Seward, Nebraska, at 7 p.m.

The choir performs full-length concerts, high school assemblies and church worship services. The repertoire of sacred and secular choral compositions spans all historical periods and is representative of many cultures. This year’s concert features the works of Antonio Vivaldi, William Byrd, Max Janowski, Eric Esenvalds, Josu Elberdin, Ivo Antognini, Jeffrey N. Blersch, David von Kampen and others.

Admission to concerts is free. For more information, please contact the Department of Music at 800-535-5494, ext. 7282, or email

2016 Tour Schedule

Wednesday, March 2
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Columbus, Neb.
Concert at 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 3
Zion Lutheran Church, Rapid City, S.D.
Concert at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 4
Trinity Lutheran Church, Billings, Mont.
Concert at 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 5
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Concert at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 6
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Worship Service at 8:30 a.m.

Monday, March 7
LIFE! Lutheran School, Eugene, Ore.
Assembly at 2:30 p.m.

Monday, March 7
Grace Lutheran Church, Eugene, Ore.
Concert at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 8
Friendship Celebration Lutheran Church, Meridian, Idaho
Concert at 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 10
Our Father Lutheran Church, Centennial, Colo.
Concert at 8 p.m.

Friday, March 11
Lutheran High School, Parker, Colo.
Assembly at 9 a.m.

Friday, March 11
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fort Collins, Colo.
Concert at 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 12
Ogallala High School Performing Arts Center, Ogallala, Neb.
Concert at 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 13
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Ogallala, Neb.
Worship Service at 9 a.m.

Sunday, March 13
St. John's Lutheran Church, Ogallala, Neb.
Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, March 20
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Lincoln, Neb.
Concert at 2 p.m.

Sunday, March 20
St. John Lutheran Church, Seward, Neb.
Concert at 7 p.m.

About the University A Cappella Choir

Concordia University’s A Cappella Choir has been performing concerts and joining congregations in worship for 75 years. The choir was organized in 1938-39 by Dr. Theodore Stelzer, professor of music and psychology.  One of the United States' oldest touring Lutheran college choirs, the A Cappella Choir has performed extensively throughout America (including Hawaii), and internationally in Greece, Italy, France, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, India, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Spain, Mexico and Australia.

The 72-voice concert choir is chosen by audition each fall.  Student membership is comprised of majors from most academic disciplines representing 15 different states and some foreign countries.  Over 180 students audition each fall for a position in the internationally renowned concert choir.

The A Cappella Choir has been invited to perform for music conferences, choral festivals, and international competitions in recent years.  They received the Gold Medal for performance at the 12th Annual Australian International Music Festival and earned a place in the winners circle at the 42nd Annual International Choral Competition in Spittal and der Drau in Austria.  The choir has regularly performed for the Nebraska Music Education Association’s annual conference and was one of two Nebraska choirs selected to perform for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) North Central Division choral hour in March 2006.

Recent Highlights

  • Yearly domestic tours covering nearly every state in the U.S.A.
  • International touring since 1961.
  • International Competitions in Australia (2001) and Austria (2004 and 2009).
  • Collaborations with the Omaha Nebraska Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Abendmusik Chorus, Guam University Singers and the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles.
  • Participated in clinics led by leading U.S. choral conductors including Anton Armstrong (St. Olaf College), René Clausen (Concordia, Moorhead), and Weston Noble (Luther College).
  • Selected to perform for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) North Central Convention in 2006.
  • Selected to perform for the 2001, 2004, 2007, and 2010 Nebraska Music Education Association conference.
  • The choir has recorded 6 compact discs including “I AM Forever WHO I AM” (2002), “All Sounds Became Music” (2004), “The Light of Morning” (2006), “In Thy Sweet Humility” (2007), “Hear My Voice” and “Music Down In My Soul:  Spirituals.” (2011).