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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.

Choir Details


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
  • Two volunteer shifts per family
  • Student currently enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade
  • Signed attendance agreement


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

September 27-October 3 Registration for participants of 2019 or 2020 choirs

September 25 Special role application deadline

October 7 New participant registration opens

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

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:

  • 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
  • Attendance at all rehearsals and performances is required

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

To Apply:

Deadline: October 25, 2021

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.

Email your essay to Ingrid Aune

Choir 1: Children ages 5 – 11
** Five-year-old choir members must be enrolled in Kindergarten
Choir 1 will take place virtually. Rehearsals will take place via Zoom and the performance will be incorporated into the Lucia Choir Celebration Concerts and Virtual Lucia Celebration Concert.

Choir 2: Children ages 12 – 18 
** Choir 2 participants must be fully vaccinated to participate in Lucia Choir
Choir 2 will rehearse in person at ASI. Choir 2 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.


Sun, October 31
1:00-1:30pm Choir 1 (virtual)
2:00-3:00pm Choir 2 (in-person, Paulson Hall)

Sun, November 7
Gown check-out day for Choir 2
1:00-1:30pm Choir 1 (virtual)
2:00-3:00pm Choir 2 (in-person, Paulson Hall)

Sun, November 14
Gown check-out day for Choir 2
1:00-1:30pm Choir 1 (virtual)
2:00-3:00pm Choir 2 (in-person, Paulson Hall)

Sun, November 21
1:00-1:30pm Choir 1 (virtual)
2:00-3:00pm Choir 2 (in-person, Paulson Hall)

Sun, December 5
4:00-5:00pm Choir 2 (in-person, Turnblad Mansion)

Thurs, December 9
Dress rehearsal
5:15pm Choir 1 arrives to dress in Lucia Choir gowns
5:45pm Group photo Choir 1 & Choir 2
6:00pm Dress rehearsal for Choir 2 (in-person, meet in Larson Hall)

Lucia Celebration Concert
Sun, December 12

1:00pm Choir Arrival
2:00pm Concert

Meet in Paulson Hall.

Lucia in the Mansion
Mon, December 13

5:30pm Choir Arrival
6:30pm Concert

Meet in Paulson Hall.
Return gowns after 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.