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Wartburg music professor will conduct Iowa All-State Choir

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Dr. Lee Nelson, Wartburg College director of choral activities, will conduct 600 selected singers in the Iowa All-State Choir.

The associate music professor will conduct the singers during their Iowa Music Festival performance at Iowa State University’s Hilton Coliseum, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m.

More than 3,000 students will audition this fall for the annual concert that dates back to 1946.

“It is the most prestigious choral event that high school students in Iowa can participate in, like being state champs in sports,” said Jackie Burk, the All-State Choir chair. 

“It is a chance for students to work on challenging music and also learn life skills of dedication, perseverance, responsibility and cooperation.”

Nelson, who recently conducted the National Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the third time, will be among a group of U.S. and Iowa conductors chosen to lead the All-State Choir.

“I was greatly surprised and honored to receive the invitation,” Nelson said.

Nelson is planning a diverse program for the concert which, he said, would “feature music by great composers of the Classical and Romantic eras and new music by contemporary composers including Connor Koppin,” a 2013 Wartburg graduate from Mason City.

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