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Lucia Choir

Celebrate Saint Lucia

The ASI Lucia Choir is a seasonal youth choir honoring Saint Lucia Day. A time-honored tradition, the Lucia Choir brings light to the darkest time of year through Lucia in the Mansion and public  performances as part of ASI’s holiday season. Lucia in the Mansion, which is open exclusively to ASI Members, is held in the Turnblad Mansion’s Grand Hall and is one of the ASI community’s most cherished holiday events.

Participation in the Lucia Choir is open to all K-12 youth who are ASI members. Knowledge of the Swedish language is not necessary. Participants are separated into two choirs based on age. Choir 1 is K-4th grade. Choir 2 is 5th-12th grade.

As we enter this season of joy and celebration of the light of Lucia, the American Swedish Institute is thrilled to host the first fully in-person Lucia Choir rehearsals and concerts since 2019. In our continued efforts to provide a safe and healthy environment for the choir members and staff of Lucia Choir, we are adopting and instituting a mask and vaccination policy to help maintain a safe environment for singing. Choir members are required to be fully vaccinated and wear masks in Paulson Hall during every rehearsal and during the Lucia Celebration Concert and the Lucia in the Mansion concert. We encourage every choir member to self-check for COVID-19 symptoms before each time we meet in person.

Registration opens September 30 for past participants and October 10 for new participants. 

Choir Details

Eligibility:

To be eligible for participation in Lucia Choir, participants and/or their families must meet the following requirements:

  • Active ASI Household membership (Become a Member)
  • $25 registration fee per child
  • 2 parent/guardian volunteer shifts per family
  • Students currently enrolled in kindergarten – 12th grade
  • Signed attendance agreement
  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19

 

Registration:
Lucia Choir has a maximum of 75 participants each year. Participants from previous years (2019, 2020 or 2021) are invited to register for this year’s choir first.

September 30 Registration opens for participants of 2019, 2020 or 2021 choirs

October 31 Special role application deadline

October 10 New participant registration opens

October 17 Registration closes for all choirs

Please call the ASI Admissions Desk (612-871-4907) on the registration open date and a Visitor Services Associate will help you sign up. 

Each year, ASI selects three individuals to act as leaders within the Lucia Choir. The special roles are Lucia, and two Attendants and/or Head Star Kids.

The individuals selected for these roles will lead the rest of the choir in procession and demonstrate leadership during rehearsals.

Preference given to applicants who can show current or past participation in ASI, Lucia Choir, or other Swedish or Swedish-American programs.

Eligibility for Special Roles:

  • Between 16 – 18 years of age
  • High school junior or senior
  • Demonstrated interest in Sweden, Swedish-American cultures, and an understanding of the “spirit” of Lucia
  • Strong established involvement in the American Swedish Institute
  • Must be members of the ASI Lucia Choir and available for the ASI Lucia Choir rehearsals and performances.

Applicants for special roles must also register for general choir participation.

To Apply:

Deadline: October 31, 2022

Submit a typed, one-page essay about your education and academic honors; community service, activities, and accomplishments; interest in Sweden or Swedish heritage, and your involvement in ASI.

Submit a typed one-page essay about your education and academic honors, community service, activities, and accomplishments. The essay should also highlight the applicant’s interest in Sweden and Swedish heritage, as well as the applicant’s involvement in ASI. Please include your name, address, phone number, and parent contact information.

Email your essay to Lindsey Tscherne 

Choir I: Children K-4th grade
** Five-year-old choir members must be enrolled in Kindergarten
Choir I will rehearse in person at ASI. Choir I will perform live during the Lucia Celebration Concert and the Lucia in the Mansion Concert. Their performance will be live-streamed for the Virtual Lucia Celebration Concert.

Choir II: Children 5th-12th grade
** Choir II participants must be fully vaccinated to participate in Lucia Choir
Choir II will rehearse in person at ASI. Choir II will perform live during the Lucia Celebration Concert and the Lucia in the Mansion Concert. Their performance will be live-streamed for the Virtual Lucia Celebration Concert.

Choir I

Sun, November 6
Volunteer sign-up
1:00-1:45pm Choir I (in-person, Paulson Hall)
2:00-3:00pm Choir II (in-person, Paulson Hall)

Sun, November 13
Gown check-out day 1 for all Choirs
1:00-1:45pm Choir I (in-person, Paulson Hall)
2:00-3:00pm Choir II (in-person, Paulson Hall)

Sun, November 20
Gown check-out day 2 for all Choirs
1:00-1:45pm Choir I (in-person, Paulson Hall)
2:00-3:00pm Choir II (in-person, Paulson Hall)

Sun, November 27
1:00-1:45pm Choir I (in-person, Paulson Hall)
2:00-3:00pm Choir II (in-person, Paulson Hall)

Sun, December 4
4:00-6:00pm all Choirs (in-person, Paulson Hall)

Thurs, December 8
Dress rehearsal (in-person, Larson Hall)
5:30pm all Choirs and Lilla Lag arrives to dress in Lucia Choir gowns for group photo and rehearsal

Lucia Celebration Concert
Sun, December 11

1:00pm Choir Arrival
2:00pm Concert

Meet in Larson Hall.

Lucia in the Mansion
Tues, December 13

5:30pm Choir Arrives and meets in Paulson Hall
6:30pm Concert

*Concert arrival times may change dur to rehearsal needs. Return gowns in Paulson Hall after the Lucia in the Mansion concert

 

Covid-19 guidelines will continue to be monitored and may cause adjustments to the program. Choir I will continue to be grades K-4 while Choir II will be grades 5-12.

As we enter this season of joy and celebration of the light of Lucia, the American Swedish Institute is thrilled to host the first fully in-person Lucia Choir rehearsals and concerts since 2019. In our continued efforts to provide a safe and healthy environment for the choir members and staff of Lucia Choir, we are adopting and instituting a mask and vaccination policy to help maintain a safe environment for singing. Choir members are required to be fully vaccinated and wear masks in Paulson Hall during every rehearsal and during the Lucia Celebration Concert and the Lucia in the Mansion concert. We encourage every choir member to self-check for COVID-19 symptoms before each time we meet in person.