Northfield Youth Choirs to Sing at 50th Anniversary Concert

Concert Choir members at a fall retreat

The Northfield Youth Choirs’ Concert Choir will perform Saturday, Nov. 17, as part of the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota’s 50th Anniversary concert weekend.

The Concert Choir, made up of 58 singers from Northfield, Webster, Lonsdale and Cannon Falls, will sing at the Tribute Concert at Bethel University in St. Paul. The concert also will include performances by the St. Olaf Choir; the Twin Cities-based Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs’ Concert Choir; Magnum Chorum, a Twin Cities-based chamber choir; and organist David Cherwien. Craig Hella Johnson, the founder and director of Conspirare, an Austin, Texas-based virtuoso choir, will lead the combined featured choirs.

NYC Artistic Director Liz Shepley said the Concert Choir has performed before at ACDA conferences, but this concert is special because it’s a celebration year, and because Johnson is one of the world’s most brilliant and inspirational choir conductors.

“He uses a wide variety of music styles to speak directly to the hearts of the performers and audience alike,” she said. “I cannot imagine a more powerful musical experience for these boys and girls than singing under the direction of this man, with our friends from Angelica Cantanti, Magnum Chorum and the St. Olaf Choir.”

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door. They also can be purchased online at, or by calling 651-638-6333.

Other concerts scheduled as part of the ACDA-MN’s 50th anniversary weekend are a Friday evening performance at Bethel by Cantus and VocalEssence; and a Sunday afternoon finale concert at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Stillwater. For more information, visit

The ACDA-MN performance kicks off a busy year for the Northfield Youth Choirs. The NYC annual winter concert is set for Saturday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. at Carleton’s Skinner Chapel. The organization also is preparing for its first overseas tour in the organization’s 26-year history. The NYC singers will perform as part of the International Children’s Choir Festival at Canterbury Cathedral and London, July 22-30.