Colleen Cook, an alto in the National Lutheran Choir, shared this devotion prior to rehearsal on April 19, 2016. She connects the singing she was required to do at St. Olaf with the singing she had done all her life. It's a Minnesota tradition!
I’m standing before you today as an orchestra kid. This Minnesota choral tradition we’re celebrating? Yeah, I had no idea how big of a deal it was, or that it was a deal at all, until maybe five years ago. I went to St. Olaf because I liked the food, it looked like Hogwarts, and the orchestra director was nice to me. Someone mentioned St. Olaf’s Christmas Fest to me, and I thought, “Aw, cute! I love Christmas concerts!” I was totally blindsided by the approximately twelve million hours of rehearsal. I still get Larry Fleming and Kenneth Jennings mixed up in my head on occasion. My first major interaction with Lutherans at all was going to St. Olaf and being moderately aware of the people around me.