Renowned choir performs in Dillon Thursday |

Renowned choir performs in Dillon Thursday

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Oak Grove Lutheran School Concert Choir is more than a bunch of high school students singing. It’s a rich tradition that spans more than a century.

The Lutheran School, based near Fargo, N.D., draws 15 percent of its students internationally, from countries like Russia, Taiwan, Korea, Norway and Argentina. As a result, the choir, made up of 47 students this year, incorporates cultural pieces into its repertoire, singing songs in five different languages, including German, Russian, Swahili, Zambian and English.

For 80 years, the choir has toured nationally and internationally. This season, it’s touring the southwest, from El Paso, Texas, and Sun City, Ariz., to Albuquerque, N.M., and Rapid City, S.D.

“I don’t think Summit County has had a choir like this,” said Nini Koch, a Keystone resident whose daughter once sang with the director, Aaron Zinter. “It’s a whole different level of choir singing; it’s almost like a professional-level choir.”

The choir has a tradition of singing a cappella music and will present three sets of music on “Faith, Hope and Love,” old hymn favorites like “Beautiful Savior” and new pieces, such as Frank Ticheli’s “Earth Song” and a piece Zinter wrote called “Love Divine.”

“We are deeply grounded in the Lutheran faith … and singing is a huge part of the Lutheran faith,” Zinter said, explaining his students’ dedication to presenting a high-quality performance. “I know firsthand what a blessing choir tours are in the lives of young singers. I am in my fourth year of teaching at Oak Grove Lutheran School and absolutely love working with these talented students.”

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