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October 3, 2003

Michael Hanawalt of Waverly, Iowa, came to St. Olaf planning to become an architect. As a freshman, he auditioned for the mens a cappella group on campus, Cantus, and got in. Since then, his life has taken a turn from designing buildings, to singing, playing, arranging and performing music. Now, three years after graduation, Hanawalt is the executive director of Cantus, the St. Olaf spawned male a cappella group known nation-wide.

Cantus employs 10 performers full-time, seven of which graduated from St. Olaf. I think there is special chemistry between the entire group that stems from the seven of us being from St. Olaf College, Hanawalt said. This week, Cantus will begin a 21-day tour of Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho and Oregon, singing 10 concerts and conducting 10-15 educational outreach programs with school organizations. More

Posted by acapnews at October 3, 2003 8:28 AM

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