Andrea Weinert and Sara Grieme, both of Alta, performed with Northwestern College's A Cappella Choir at churches in Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota on April 1.
Weinert is a junior music major and Grieme is a sophomore elementary education major at the Orange City college.
This year's program included music about two interrelated themes "God's gift to us" and "Our commitment to God." The program included familiar titles like "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross," "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho" and "Beautiful Savior." It also included songs that stretched the audience like "Vamvuvama," which is Swahili for "He was crucified for us," and "Siyahamba," Swahili for "We are walking in the light of God."
The A Capella Choir was established in 1928 and has represented Northwestern College in annual tours throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. The ensemble has performed on radio and TV, including appearances on Robert Schuller's "Hour of Power" and on Iowa Public Television.
The 60-member ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Thomas Holm, performs styles of choral literature from the Renaissance through the 20th century. The repertoire includes songs unaccompanied and with various instrumental complements.
Conductor Thomas Holm received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois. This is Holm's first year on Northwestern's music faculty; he previously taught and chaired the fine arts department at Prairie Bible College.