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Singing Forward

This year has certainly been different to say the least! Our 2019-20 season was cut short just prior to our much anticipated March concert; however, we want to say thank you to all who donated or became a sponsor of last season – your support allows us to continue sharing exceptional choral music in the Northland.

Music is so important to our lives, and we want to make sure you know that we’re committed to a 2020-21 season, though it will begin a bit differently. We’ll be releasing excerpts from prior concerts, starting in November with Ēriks Ešenvalds' Northern Lights (from March 2019). We’ll also be posting several new virtual pieces this fall, beginning with How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place from A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms. We'll be posting all of the concerts on our Performances page.

In these unusual times it is even more important for organizations such as ours to remind you that we rely on your thoughtful donations. To sponsor a singer or recording, or to discover other ways you can support the Arrowhead Chorale, please visit our Support page or reach out to us via the Contact page or social media

This spring concert was postponed, but we're hoping to perform it soon!

The concert will feature the world premiere of Messiah: An American Oratorio dedicated to the victims of torture in the 21st Century, by Los Angeles-based composer Severin Behnen. The work uses the same text as Handel’s, with the addition of a few alternative translations of the biblical scriptures as well as the pieces unfolding in a more systematically diverse way. This large-scale oratorio is influenced by and based on the concept and libretto of Handel’s immortal work, while incorporating a fusion of American musical styles including jazz, blues, and gospel, as well as modernistic sounds. Joined by soloists and full orchestra, this promises to be a significant and memorable event.

Arrowhead Chorale is a spectacular non-profit vocal ensemble consisting of just over 50 auditioned singers that bring fine performances of distinctive vocal ensemble literature to the Arrowhead region of Minnesota, Northern Wisconsin, and beyond. The Chorale actively develops ambitious and memorable programming for the Twin Ports, and our repertoire spans five centuries of western music traditions.

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Arrowhead Chorale Announces 19/20 Season

June 19, 2019

Arrowhead Chorale is excited to announce their 2019/2020 season. Thanks to the generous support of donors, the Chorale is able to bring live choral music to the Northland.

The season will begin with the Chorale’s December concert, Holiday Jubilations and Traditions: A Celtic Christmas. Highlighting traditional and contemporary carols from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, the Chorale will be joined by orchestra and special guests Eira, a talented local trio specializing in Celtic music.

In March, Arrowhead Chorale will feature the world premiere of a new Messiah, arranged by Los Angeles-based composer Severin Behen during their spring concert. The Chorale will be joined by soloists and a full orchestra for a performance that promises to be a significant and memorable event!

Ticket information will be available soon.

For the Love of Gospel

April 1, 2019

The Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir will be making their way to Duluth for a performance of their concert For the Love of Gospel.

For the Love of Gospel is a ninety-minute compilation of the most popular spiritual and gospel music of the past 200 years. From Dem Bones to How I Got Over, to Precious Lord, and O Happy Day, the concert will not only educate and inspire, but will also have the audience clapping their hands and singing along.

Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, Inc. is the presenting sponsor, and the organization worked to make this performance possible in to order to listen to and heal from gospel music. During the performance, community members will have the opportunity to come together with conversation and reflection to make a personal and collective commitment to focus their energy to actualize racial justice in our community.

Additionally, the CJMM Oral History Project preserves the unique history of African Americans in Duluth, told through the voices and stories of Black elders in Duluth. Boards representing the Project will be on display during the event.

The concert will be held at Sacred Heart Music Center on Saturday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 online in advance and $25 at the door. Children 12 and younger can attend for free. Arrowhead Chorale is a Community Partner and is handling ticket sales for the performance. Tickets are available at 

Earlier in the day, the Twin Cities Community Gospel choir will visit the Family Freedom center at 2 p.m., and give a concert preview at Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial at 3 p.m.

The Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir has been entertaining music lovers in the Twin Cities and around the country for more than 25 years. Their mission is to move audiences spiritually and to create community across racial, cultural and economic boundaries through their soulful interpretation of the African-American gospel music tradition. The talented group is led by artistic director Ed Newman and consists of singers of various musical experience, ethnic backgrounds and ages to celebrate the power of music.  

The Journey Home: The Universal Story of Finding Oneself

March 1, 2019

Arrowhead Chorales' Spring Concert, The Journey Home: The Universal Story of Finding Oneself will be held Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday March 24 at 3 p.m. at First Lutheran Church.

Audiences will hear multiple journey perspectives as they experience the concepts of life's challenging journey toward the sometimes-elusive place of peace and rest we call home through texts and melodies.

From Ryan Murphy's contemporary arrangement of Pilgrim Song to Ralph Vaughan Williams' setting of Walt Whitman's poem Toward the Unknown Region, Arrowhead Chorale portrays the universal journey of finding oneself.

Arrowhead Chorale will be joined by members of Strikepoint, Duluth's renowned handbell ensemble, led by artistic director Bill Alexander, as well as organist Velda Bell and pianist Lexy Land.


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Audition Announcement

December 21, 2018

The Arrowhead Chorale announces an opportunity to audition to be a part of our dedicated choral group. We are looking for trained, flexible singers. There are limited openings in each section.

Auditions will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Gloria Dei/Faith Lutheran Church, located at 1814 North 51st Ave. East in Duluth. For more information or to schedule an audition, please send us an email message.

Holiday Jubilations & Traditions: A Scandinavian Christmas

December 1, 2018

Exploring traditional and contemporary carols from Scandanavia, Ireland, and England, Arrowhead Chorale is pleased to announce its holiday concert, “Holiday Jubilations & Traditions: A Scandinavian Christmas”.

The concert will be held in the Duluth Depot’s Great Hall on Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $6 for students, and age 12 and under attend for free. Tickets are available online at

Joining the vocal ensemble again this year is Duluth’s acclaimed Strikepoint handbell ensemble, led by artistic director Bill Alexander. Strikepoint will bring their virtuosic sound to both traditional and contemporary carols.

Audiences will be transported to the countries of Finland, Norway, Sweden, Ireland and England through the magic of music and sing-along. Trumpet fanfare will open the concert in the moving processional Personent hodie. The joy of the holiday season will be celebrated throughout performances of traditional carols including Beautiful Savior, Ding Dong Merrily on High, and the popular Irish religious carol Wexford Carol.

The Chorale will take the audience on a journey to Sweden with a contemporary Christmas song När det lider mot jul (A star is glowing wondrous gentle). String orchestra, piano, and organ bring life to three movements from a new setting of Magnificat (The Song of Mary). The global tour will conclude with a brilliant finale combining the Chorale, full orchestra, piano, and Strikepoint in Mack Wilberg’s jubilant Fantasy on God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

Auditions for 2018-2019 Season!

July 27, 2018

We invite interested singers to sign up for an audition to join the Arrowhead Chorale for the 2018-2019 season! The Chorale is seeking trained, flexible, singers in each voice part with a desire to connect with a group dedicated to meaningful musical expression.

Auditions will take place on Tuesday, August 28th between 4:30 and 7:00pm at Gloria Dei Church's temporary worship site (formerly Faith Lutheran Church) at the corner of 51st Avenue East and Glenwood Street in Duluth. 

The 15 minute audition will include sight reading and rhythm exercises. A prepared solo is welcome, but not required. Please limit to an excerpt no longer than 2-3 minutes. An accompanist will be provided.

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Aurora Musicale: Music of the Cosmos

April 8, 2018


Arrowhead Chorale will explore the wonders of the cosmos, the northern lights, and light and darkness through the expressions of music and art at the May concerts.

“Aurora Musicalis: Music of the Cosmos” is Saturday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. in Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth. Tickets are $20 for adults, $6 for college students and free for ages 18 and under. They are available at

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A Requiem Mosaic: Music of Mourning and Consolation

February 19, 2018

Arrowhead Chorale’s March concert features a mosaic of sublime music. “A Requiem Mosaic: Music of Mourning and Consolation” includes pieces that were composed to mourn the death of loved ones, and some that were composed to comfort and provide strength to those who remain. All reflect the fragile and sometimes treacherous nature that is life.

The concert will feature an evening and a matinee performance, scheduled for Saturday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. Both will be performed in First Lutheran Church, 1100 E. Superior St., Duluth. Tickets are $20 for adults, $6 for college students, and ages 18 and under are free. Tickets are available online at

From tragic to comforting, the pieces selected for the concert evoke a mosaic of feelings surrounding death and the life that continues after losing a loved one.

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