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Northwestern College Choir will begin spring tour in Hudson

Sunday's concert by the well-regarded Northwestern College Choir will be a homecoming for three of its members.

Jordan Steffen, Elliott Krizek and Ryan Bell each sang with Hudson High School choirs before moving on to the Christian liberal arts college located in Roseville, Minn. Steffen and Krizek are seniors, and Bell is a sophomore.

According to Steffen, the fact that three of his singers are from Hudson is partly why Northwestern choir director Timothy Sawyer wanted to begin the choir's annual spring tour in Hudson. The reputation of Hudson High School's choral music program also was a factor.

Sawyer worked with Hudson High School choral director Andrew Haase in arranging for the 4 p.m. concert in the high school's fine arts auditorium.

The choir will be accompanied by a 22-piece string ensemble conducted by David Kozamchak.

"Music of Praise: A Gift from God" will be the theme of the sacred concert featuring hymns and spirituals, as well as works by Bach, Handel and Vaughan Williams.

The selections performed will include "Singet Dem Herrn (Sing to the Lord a New Song)" by Johann Sebastian Bach, sung in German, "Concerto Grosso in G" by George Frideric Handel, "Let All the World in Every Corner Sing" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and the spiritual "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho," arranged by Howard Helvey.

The public is invited to attend the free performance. An offering to help cover the choir's expenses will be taken during the intermission.

Steffen -- the son of Cheryl and Art Forester and Robert and Liz Steffen -- said he's looking forward to returning to the auditorium where he did his high school singing. He hopes people will take advantage of the opportunity to hear a "top-notch" choir perform sacred music.

"We sing it because we believe it. It comes from the heart," he said. "...We've worked very long and hard. We're singing a ton of music. It's just going to be a good time."

Steffen has been in Northwestern's top choir each of his four years at the college. He said it has been a great experience.

"My faith has grown exponentially because of the people I have been with," he said.

He added that being a member of the choir has made him more disciplined, because if you don't practice the music, it is very obvious in a group comprised of so many talented singers.

"It's such an honor and a blessing to be surrounded by so many amazing musicians," he said. "To be able to say I'm a part of it is pretty big."

Steffen also has performed in three musicals during his career at Northwestern. He will graduate in the spring with a bachelor's degree in communications and public relations.

Fellow Northwestern senior Elliott Krizek is the son of John and Christina Krizek of Hudson.

Ryan Bell is the son of Randy and Nadine Bell of Hudson.

The Northwestern College Choir and Strings will be giving concerts at churches in Texas March 7-12. The ensembles will be visiting Dallas/Fort Worth, Lubbock, San Antonio and Pasadena.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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