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Special Invitation

Steve Belay would like to invite Chorale members and friends to stop by the beer garden at Nordic Fest to listen to his band Gaelstorm. They play classic rock and blues and this year will feature Chorale member Dave Siefken on harmonica and backing vocals. Other members are Dylan Henning, Scott Johnson and Doug Wilson.
We play 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. on Friday as part of Nordic Fest and Decorah-Ragbrai and also on Saturday from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. as opening act for a really fun "new country" group called Back Country Roads. Hope to see you there!


The Decorah Chorale will be holding auditions for individuals who did not sing in the 2016-17 season and are interested in joining the ensemble for the 2017-18 season. Auditions will be held Sunday, August 20 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Decorah High School Choir Room on a first come, first served basis.
The five-minute individual audition will assess vocal and musical skills. Auditions will be held with the Chorale's artistic director, Jason Rausch. Enter the high school from the west parking lot, door 29. Please email with any questions or to arrange an alternate audition time.
The first rehearsal for the fall term will be Sunday, August 27.

Schedule for Fall 2017

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27...First rehearsal and potluck
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3...No rehearsal, Labor Day Weekend
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10--SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29...Weekly rehearsals, DHS
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3...Community Meal at First Lutheran Church
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5...Chorale Fundraiser Concert, T-Bock's
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12--SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26...Weekly rehearsals, DHS
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2...Vesterheim Christmas, Bethania Church
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 (mandatory to sing concert)...Final rehearsal, Decorah Lutheran Church
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9...Christmas Concert, 7:00 PM, Decorah Lutheran Church

Schedule for Spring 2018

SUNDAY, JANUARY 21...First rehearsal, DHS
SUNDAY, JANUARY 28...No rehearsal (Jason has HS Madrigal Dinner)
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4--SUNDAY, MARCH 25...Weekly rehearsals, DHS
SUNDAY, APRIL 1...Easter, no rehearsal
SUNDAY, APRIL 8--SUNDAY, APRIL 22...Weekly rehearsals, DHS
SUNDAY, APRIL 29 (mandatory to sing concert)...Final rehearsal, Decorah Lutheran Church
SUNDAY, MAY 6...Spring Concert, 3:00 PM, Decorah Lutheran Church

Anyone interested in membership in the Chorale is encouraged to contact Jason Rausch, artistic director, at

Welcome to the 2017-2018 Season of Decorah Chorale

The The Decorah Chorale is a group of community members who love to sing. The "community" currently includes Northeast Iowa and Southeast Minnesota. We practice each Sunday evening during the fall, winter, and spring seasons. Members volunteer our time and energy for the group. Our performances are for community and charitable benefit.

For an evening of diverse and inspiring music, please attend one of our concerts.

If you desire to sing with a group of dedicated choral musicians, come and check us out. Contact Jason Rausch at for more information or to arrange a short audition.

Recent Performances

Decorah Chorale and The Oneota Valley Community Orchestra (OVCO) joined together to perform "Requiem" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 3 p.m. at the Decorah High School Auditorium. The performance began with selections by the Decorah Chorale and then selections by the OVCO clulminated by the combined performance of both groups in a powerful rendition of Mozart's Requiem. What a wonderful day!

Decorah Chorale proudly presented the 17th annual "Home for Christmas" Benefit Concert for Habitat for Humanity, held on December 10, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Decorah Lutheran Church. The music included 'Requiem, No. 10' "Sanctus" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as more common songs as "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!", "O Holy Night", and other beautiful renditions of a variety of Christmas songs. Also including "Christmas Song Sing-A-Long" with Brad Schultz, organist. We had a great time and thank you for all your support.

On November 6, 2016 the Chorale entertained for the fundraiser at T-Bock's upstairs room, serving finger foods and drinks as well as singing. Many individuals from the Chorale performed wonderful pieces as well as the whole Chorale. It was great fun, and we appreciate your attendance.

Sunday, May 1, 2016 was the Spring Concert "Living, Loving, Laughing" The Chorale performed pieces by master composers Schumann and Vaughan Williams, texts by Lewis Carroll and Wendell Berry, and arrangements of Stephen Foster's "Hard Times Come Again No More," the hymn tune "Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth," and the popular "What A Wonderful World." Special guests included singers from Decorah High School who excelled at State Solo & Small Ensemble Festival.

Future of Our Chorale

The Decorah Chorale looks forward to collaborations with local musicians and conductors. It has had the honor of singing and learning from such notable choral conductors as Weston Noble, Z. Randall Stroope, Allen Hightower, and Bob Chilcott. The Chorale will continue to focus on its mission of bringing quality choral music to Decorah and its surrounding communities.

   A big thank you
   to our sponsors

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 We also truly appreciate those individuals and businesses who have sponsored the purchasing of new music.