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February 19, 2010

Craig Arnold steps down

Decorah Newspaper (IA):

Craig Arnold, Luther College professor of music, director of choral activities, and conductor of the internationally acclaimed Nordic Choir, has announced his intention to leave his position at Luther at the end of the academic year. Arnold, who joined the Luther faculty in 2005, plans to join his wife, Sarah, who is teaching at University Medical and Dental School of New Jersey and finishing a doctorate from Drew University. The Arnolds will reside in Summit, N.J.

Professor Arnold will resume leadership of Manhattan Concert Productions with plans to conduct the Manhattan Concert Chorale and Chamber Orchestra. The Arnolds' sons live in New York City and Washington, D.C. Arnold will continue his teaching and conducting duties at Luther through May.

"Dr. Arnold has taken Luther's vocal music program to a new level of excellence and has advanced the Nordic Choir's reputation as one of the nation's premier college music ensembles," said Luther President Richard Torgerson.

"We are deeply saddened that he will be ending his teaching and conducting career at Luther. He is an outstanding musician, connects exceedingly well with students, and is committed to the faith and learning mission of this college. Nevertheless, we support his decision to move on, and wish him the very best as he shares his many talents in new ways."

Arnold said his decision to leave Luther was a difficult one after five years of success in the transition of Nordic Choir to a new era. Arnold was named director of the Nordic Choir after the storied 57-year tenure of internationally known conductor Weston Noble who retired in 2005. Arnold said his time at Luther has been a rewarding experience.

"I have so enjoyed fine colleagues, students, teaching and performing opportunities," Arnold said. "I will remember these years fondly. Luther is well supported and poised for continuing growth and excellent music making."

Torgerson said the college will soon begin the search for Arnold's successor.

Posted by acapnews at February 19, 2010 10:40 PM

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