Members of the Weston Noble Alumni Choir met all week for intense rehearsals under the direction of Weston Noble, and performed in concert Thursday evening, immediately following Nordic Fest opening ceremonies. (Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond)
Members of the Weston Noble Alumni Choir met all week for intense rehearsals under the direction of Weston Noble, and performed in concert Thursday evening, immediately following Nordic Fest opening ceremonies. (Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond)

The Weston Noble Alumni Choir performed its seventh reunion concert at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, immediately following opening ceremonies for Nordic Fest.

The concert, performed in the Luther College Center for Faith and Life, was free and open to the public.

The choir represents Luther classes from 1949 to 2001, and met for four days of intense rehearsals prior to the concert.

The choir

The Weston Noble Alumni Choir was formed in the summer of 2006 during a European concert tour led by Myron Heaton, director of the Myron Heaton Chorale, a professional choral ensemble headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev.

Heaton, a 1968 Luther graduate, invited Weston Noble to serve as guest conductor for his chorale's tour. To augment Heaton's ensemble, the two conductors invited Luther College Nordic Choir alumni to join the group.

The combined choir presented concerts over the course of three weeks in England, France and, finally, the Salzburg Music Festival in Austria.

The Luther contingent returned with a pledge to organize a similar activity annually beginning in 2007 to allow more Nordic Choir alumni to participate and share the experience of intense rehearsals under the direction of Weston Noble and culminating with a concert.

The Weston Noble Alumni Choir is now an annual summer event.

Weston Noble

In addition to honorary doctoral degrees from Augustana College in South Dakota, St. Olaf College in Minnesota and Westminster Choir College of Rider University in New Jersey, Weston Noble was the first person named Outstanding Music Educator of the United States by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

He received the Citation of Merit Award from the University of Michigan School of Music Alumni and in 1994 was the first recipient of the Weston H. Noble Award for lifetime achievement from the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association.

He retired in 2005 after teaching 57 years at Luther College.