The Concordia Choir
The Concordia Choir of Moorhead, Minnesota, continues to affirm its reputation as one of America’s finest acappella choirs. Since 1920, the 72-voice choir has performed in nearly every major hall including Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center and has taken numerous international tours.
The Choir is broadcast throughout the United States on public radio stations and on television via its Emmy-award winning Concordia Christmas Concert. The Choir was also featured on a BBC radio show broadcast across the United Kingdom. The Choir’s recordings are distributed internationally and through iTunes, making it one of the top-selling choirs in the US.
Recently The Concordia Choir toured South Korea and performed with Dr. Hak Won Yoon’s Incheon City Chorale. They have also performed on multiple occasions for the King and Queen of Norway.
At the 2003 National American Choral Directors Convention, The Concordia Choir performed the Raymond C. Brock commissioned work by conductor Dr. René Clausen titled Memorial inspired by the tragic events of 11th September 2001 in New York City’s Lincoln Center. They are the only choir invited to perform at consecutive National American Choral Directors Conventions.
René Clausen, conductor
Dr. René Clausen is the Paul J. and Eleanor Christiansen Chair in Choral Music at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and only the third conductor in The Concordia Choir’s illustrious history, assuming the role in 1986.
As a composer he has written more than 100 commissioned works for ensembles ranging from The King’s Singers to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Clausen is also a frequent guest conductor, having conducted such works as Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Brahms’ Requiem and several of his own works including performances at Carnegie Hall in New York.