Arrowhead Chorale is an auditioned civic choir led by Director Stanley Wold. It's our mission to bring fine performances of distinctive vocal ensemble literature to the Arrowhead region of Minnesota, Northern Wisconsin, and beyond. Our repertoire spans five centuries of western music traditions - sacred and secular, folksong and art song, opera chorus and vocal jazz, music with humorous texts and occasional full operetta performances.
Originally formed by Paul Fletcher in the mid-1980s, the vocal ensemble hired Dr. Wold as the first Artistic Director in the 1990s, at the same time that Arrowhead Chorale was incorporated as a non-profit organization.
While the singers of the Chorale are representative of a wide variety of professions, many of them have musical degrees and collegiate level choral singing experience. Singers are required to perform solo music, pass rhythm-reading and pitch-reading tests, and demonstrate the ability to vary vocal timbres and techniques as required by different choral music for that year.
Dr. Stanley R. Wold recently retired from his position as Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he taught choral conducting and vocal music education from 1984 to 2017. He has earned degrees from Concordia College (Moorhead), the University of Southern California (Los Angeles), and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. At UMD, he directed the University Singers and the Chamber Singers, taught voice and vocal music education, and was chair of the vocal area.
In spring of 2011 he was awarded UMD’s Albert Tezla Teacher/Scholar Award. Under Wold’s direction, University Singers and Chamber Singers have maintained an active national and international performance schedule: Austria & Germany (1994), Kenya & Tanzania (1997-98), state and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference (1995-2009), Costa Rica (2003), the Netherlands & Paris (2005), Turkey(2007), and the former East Germany (Dresden, Leipzig, Berlin; 2010). University Singers performed again for the Minnesota ACDA convention in 2016 season, when UMD hosted the conference for the first time.
Five collaborations between the UMD choral/instrumental areas and Arrowhead Chorale have been conducted by Wold: Duruflé Requiem (2000), Bach Mass in B-Minor (2004), Mozart Grand Mass in C-Minor (2006), Bach St. John Passion (2011); and Bach Mass in B-Minor (2017). Performance sites for these masterworks have included Basilica of St. Mary (Minneapolis), the cathedrals of both Duluth and Superior, First Lutheran Church (Duluth), and Weber Music Hall, UMD.
Dr. Wold has studied and/or conducted choral music in Hungary, Russia, four Scandinavian countries, and Venezuela. In his seventeenth year as Artistic Director and Conductor of Arrowhead Chorale, Dr. Wold was also Chorusmaster for the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra (1991-99). He taught secondary vocal music in Minnesota and Iowa public schools for six years. His experience includes significant community and church music activities. Presently Senior Choir Director at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Duluth, he is also an active adjudicator and clinician for the Minnesota State High School League and the Wisconsin School Music Association.
Lexy Land is a collaborative pianist currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She has worked as a private piano teacher, vocal and instrumental accompanist, and choral accompanist. She earned her B.A. in Piano Performance from Jamestown College (now the University of Jamestown) in Jamestown, North Dakota. There, she accompanied the Jamestown College Concert and Chapel Choirs as well as vocal soloists at state NATS competitions and for degree recitals. In 2013, she moved to Bismark, North Dakota with her husband where she worked until 2015 as a staff vocal accompanist at Century High School, substitute pianist for the Bismark Mandan Symphony Orchestra and adjunct faculty in the music department at Bismark State College.
Brad Anderson has a deep appreciation for small choirs, first developed while attending the University of Minnesota, as Anderson sang in the Chamber choir under the direction of Thomas Lancaster. After college, he performed with select small choirs in the Twin Cities area. Anderson moved to Duluth in 2003 and said that the Arrowhead Chorale continued to fulfill his passion for smaller, intimate choirs that produce quality performances, bringing words and music together to communicate in a way that words alone cannot.
A South Carolinian by birth, Linda Bajan has been a singer her whole life. At a young age, she received classical vocal training, and as her talent developed she became part of All-State Choirs, performing leads in musical theater in high school and in the Ely Community Theater. She was a vocal performance student at Erskine College in South Carolina, participating in the audition and chamber choirs. Bajan also participates in a number of community audition chorales and performs church music solos. Bajan joined Arrowhead Chorale in 2015 and looks forward to many more seasons with the Chorale, providing beautiful music for the Northland!
Ryan Bajan’s music experience began as young trumpet player at a young age and then he became a vocal performance student at Erskine College in South Carolina, participating in the audition choir, men’s a cappela group and chamber choir. Bajan said it’s been a privilege singing under Dr. Wold with the Arrowhead Chorale since 2015. Having sung with several audition community chorales and performed a lead in musical theater in high school and in the Ely Community Theater, he enjoys working on vocal community projects and singing duets with his wife Linda.
Paul Birch was introduced to the ideas of “correct vocal function” through the combined cajoling and benevolent ministrations of Professor Harris Balko at UW-Superior back in the early 1980s. After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in 1986, Paul returned for an additional three years of study with the UWS Music Department. He has been singing with the Arrowhead Chorale since the mid-1990s. An active pastoral musician at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, Birch is a member of the choir there and also serves as a cantor. When he isn’t singing, Birch is helping to build up the body of Christ in his role as Director for the Superior Diocese’s Office of Worship while working toward a degree in theology at the St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, MN.
Erika Bjerketvedt Field’s passion for performing began at the tender age of four when she started singing in church and it continued through her college career at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and in the community as part of the Fargo-Moorhead Master Chorale. She relocated to Duluth in 2013 and began sharing her gifts with the Arrowhead Chorale. Field participated in several church choirs and other organizations including the Nordic Center, where she currently leads the intergenerational choir and was a key player in the Nordic Center’s play called The Uprooting, which shared the gift of Nordic history with its audience.
Emilie Bowman is a dedicated member of the Arrowhead Chorale. An accountant with the Essentia Foundation, she shares her skills with the Chorale as Treasurer on our Board of Directors and has been singing with the Chorale since 2014. While studying healthcare management and Scandinavian studies at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, Bowman sang in The Concordia Choir.
Olivia Buncher has been the business manager for the Arrowhead Chorale since 2015, and has sung alto with the group since 2012. She has a B.A. in Communication from the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she was a member of University Singers, Chamber Singers, and the vocal jazz ensemble Chill Factor and participated in three international tours with University Singers (Costa Rica, 2003; France/Netherlands, 2005; Turkey, 2007). She also sang with the University of Birmingham Music Society while spending her sophomore year abroad at the University of Birmingham, England. She completed an M.A. in Student Affairs Administration (Higher Education) from Michigan State University in 2012 and is the Admissions Coordinator for the Pharm.D. program at the University of Minnesota. She and her husband Mike are thankful to have settled in the Twin Ports to raise their son John and dog Taeja!
Retiring from her career work at Luther College and KUNI (Iowa Public Radio) has brought Jennifer Cantine back to her passion for music performance. She now drives three hours round-trip from northwest Wisconsin for Arrowhead Chorale rehearsals! Cantine was a music education major at the University of Northern Iowa and spent years in music theatre and choral singing with St. Louis Municipal Opera, Tarkio Mule Barn Theatre, Minnesota Chorale, Les Hale Chorale and several wonderful church choirs.
Native Duluthian Janine Dahlquist has valued music for decades, participating in Twin Ports Wind Orchestra, Harbor Brass II, and a variety of community groups. Her choral background of 30+ years has been under the direction of Dr. Stanley Wold at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Dahlquist said each week Dr. Wold enriched her choir providing lessons in music history along with voice. A graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth with a degree in family and consumer science and education, Dahlquist has been an Arrowhead Chorale fan for nearly 25 years and served on the Board in a number of capacities – finally joining our Chorale as a singer!
Rodney Dahlquist was convinced for years that he couldn’t sing, but risked joining Gloria Dei’s church choir and under the direction of Dr. Stanley Wold, his music education/training began. Close to ten musical theatre roles added some interesting experiences. Paulson said he was thrilled when Dr. Wold invited him to sing in the Chorale, and has for the past 20 years. Dahlquist is a retired Biology/Anatomy Physiology teacher and Theatre Director from East High School. Prior to his teaching career, Dahlquist was director of Youth Programs and YMCA Camp Miller.
Steve Eastep has been active in choral singing since college days in The Concordia Choir. His involved Duluth singing career includes Sacred Heart Centennial Chorus, DSSO Chorus, Duluth Festival Opera, Lyric Opera of the North and Arrowhead Chorale.
Angela Fellman has always loved to sing. While at the University of Minnesota Duluth, obtaining her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders, Fellman performed in a number of the University’s choral groups, including a Women’s Chorus, vocal jazz ensemble, and in the community as a member of Arrowhead Chorale and the DSSO Chorus. Fellman said it’s a blessing to be able to sing aside so many talented musicians as part of our Chorale.
Jeffrey Flory was heavily involved in music as a child, performing in choirs, orchestra, and musical theater. He sought to identify his passion in school, studying music education at Drake University in Des Moines, IA and environmental science. While pursuing a career in environmental science, his varied schedule kept him from joining choir and theater productions. He greatly missed performing, and finally found time to sing with Coro! Sonomento; was a tenor section leader at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Minneapolis and sang in VocalPoint. Work brought him to Duluth in 2014, and he fulfilled his need to sing in the Arrowhead Chorale. Flory said he is so thankful for the comeraderie that he has found with this group.
To Hilary Godard, singing with Arrowhead Chorale combines interesting repertoire with a high quality musical environment that helps make him a better musician. Godard is a retired glassmaker with a PhD in ceramic engineering who came to choral singing relatively late. He has performed with multiple groups include Coming (NY) Philharmonic Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Westmoreland (PA) Choral Society, Mansfield (PA) University Festival Chorus, Cantata Singers of Elmira (NY) and the Wellsboro (PA) Men’s Chorus. In Duluth, he sings with DSSO, Echoes of Peace, UUCD and Arrowhead Chorale and studies voice with Dr. Matthew Faerber.
Dan Hoffman received his Bachelor of Music Degree from UW-Superior and joined Arrowhead Chorale in 2009. In addition to singing in the Chorale, he is also involved in a variety of other performing arts organizations including Lyric Opera of the North and the Duluth Playhouse Theater.
The late Tom Holm sang with the Arrowhead Chorale for 28 seasons, and did not miss a single concert until illness required him to participate as an audience member rather than a singer. Holm was a retired physician whose first choral experience was singing in the wonderful choir at his high school, Minnehaha Academy, in Minneapolis. In his years at Gustavus Adolphus College, Holm sang in the choir. In 1974, he moved to Duluth, raised three sons and sang in the DSSO Chorus and some operas, and was the organist at First Covenant Church for 35 years. He will be dearly missed.
Singing has always been the creative outlet for Jane Killough, as she performed in church community groups, at Carnegie Hall, or in the shower! Killough graduated from Carleton College with a major in biology, and studied voice and singing during her time there. She joined Arrowhead Chorale during our first season in 1988 and has sung with us every season since. Killough said she keeps singing because it keeps her sane, so it is no surprise that one of her favorites is “How Can I Keep from Singing?"!
George Killough is a retired English professor who used to make his poetry students sing. He sang in a choir as an undergraduate at the College of Wooster in Ohio and has been singing in church choirs ever since.
The Arrowhead Chorale is fortunate to have Alisa Kiprof on her 18th season with our group! She began singing as a church soloist as a very young child, and participated in numerous competitions. At school, she sang in the Mixed Choir, Concert Choir, Women’s Choir and Madrigal Singers. Kiprof was the only member of her high school to sing with the Beloit College Masterworks Chorus. Her musical career continued in college as a member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chamber Singers with Dr. Scott MacPherson and the UW Choral Union with the late Dr. Robert Fountain. In Duluth, Kiprof has sung with a women’s barbershop chorus, a mixed barbershop quartet and the DSSO Chorus. She is also the director of her church choir at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Duluth.
Paul Kiprof began singing in church choir during his high school and college years in Germany. After moving to the United States, he sang at UW-Madison in the UW Chamber Singers. He sang with the Duluth Harbormasters Barbershop Chorus for several years after moving to Duluth. Kiprof is a member of the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church Choir in Duluth. He has sung tenor and bass with the Arrowhead Chorale for the better part of 18 years!
Rachel Zana Mason is a talented music educator, teaching a large number of piano, voice and clarinet students in her private music studio while taking care of her four kids. With special interest in early childhood music, she also teaches music at a few preschools in addition to bringing families with young children to assisted living centers where they interact with elderly residents in music and movement classes. She graduated from Jamestown College with degrees in music education and English education, and has sung with the Bismarck Mandan Civic Choir, Dakota Chamber Singers and the Central Chamber Choir in Marshfield, WI. Mason joined the Arrowhead Chorale in 2007 after moving to Duluth with her family. She loves reading, writing, and documenting life through photography.
Susan Masterson’s singing career began in high school as she performed in several renowned musicals and sang the lead role in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Masterson continued to sing in various groups while in college and after college, she became involved with local community choirs and church groups. In addition to performing with the Arrowhead Chorale for the past four seasons, Masterson has performed at the Big Top Chautauqua and continues to perform in both musical and theatrical performances at Stagenorth in Washburn, WI.
Jim Olson’s musical experience is international – he studied Voice and Opera at the Vienna Academy of Music and Performing Arts, in Vienna, Austria. After receiving his Master’s Degree, he performed professionally in various venues and choral groups. Having retired from the military, Olson is active in the local music and community theater scene, performing (solo and choral) roles with Lyric Opera of the North, Duluth Playhouse, Lundeen Productions and most recently “Steerage Song” at Big Top Chautauqua. Olson said it’s a great pleasure performing with the talented members of the Arrowhead Chorale under the direction of Dr. Stanley Wold who continues to include both new and challenging music, along with the well-known classics.
“Singing with some choir or another since she was five years old,” Jody Ondich is a faculty member in the Philosophy Department at Lake Superior College. She obtained a BA in religious studies and BM in piano from St. Olaf College, which she said is a wonderful place to wallow in music. Ondich has a small piano studio in her home and loves working with young pianists. Ondich joined the Arrowhead Chorale about 20 years ago.
Sharon Osborn was born to a musical family, one that encouraged her to sing, play piano and flute. She still enjoys playing and improvising on piano, and recently joined the North Winds Flute Choir under the direction of Melanie Sever. Over the years she sang in numerous church, school and community choirs, including the Pennsylvania State University Choir and more recently, the DSSO Chorus. As a young pastor in Virginia, Osborn conducted a United Methodist District Youth Choir and several church cantatas/musicals. Osborn said singing in the Arrowhead Chorale is pure joy – she loves to hear how the harmonies come and the way Dr. Wold helps the group to shape our sound.
Doug Paulson graduated from Bemidji State University with a major in social work and then received a Master of Divinity Degree from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. He had the opportunity to sing with choral groups in Bemidji, MN and Williston, ND before moving to Duluth in 1991 to serve as the Lutheran Campus Pastor at UMD. Then, Dr. Stanley Wold invited Paulson to audition for Arrowhead Chorale, and he joined in the fall of 1992. Paulson said he feels fortunate to perform with outstanding vocalists and that his appreciation for choral music has deepened under the direction of Dr. Wold.
Mary Pat Renaud is a lifelong student of music. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa, majoring in music education, with emphasis on vocal performance. Over the years, she had the opportunity to sing with a number of select choral groups in Davenport and Dubuque, Iowa, and many church choirs. Renaud said one of the best things about moving to Duluth has been the chance to sing with the Arrowhead Chorale under the direction of Dr. Stanley Wold, saying “he has reminded me of why I always loved to sing and why music continues to have the power to transform our lives.”
Kirby Wood spent the first 59 years of his life in the Milwaukee area before moving to Duluth to be near family and spoil his grandchildren. He sang in church choir from an early age but didn’t have a chance to sing in high school, since he played trumpet in the band and couldn’t participate in both band and choir! Later, however, Wood sang with the Bach Chamber Choir of Milwaukee and then the Master Singers of Milwaukee. Both of those groups perform fine repertoire similar to what the Arrowhead Chorale does right here in Duluth. Wood said it is an honor to be able to participate in such a fine organization.
Mary Pat Renaud
Arrowhead Chorale is always open to new individuals who are passionate about enhancing the arts in our region. Perhaps you enjoy music, or are seeking to meet some new people!
Open auditions for the 2017-2018 season will take place on Tuesday, August 29 and Wednesday, August 30; interested singers may sign up for an audition time slot. We encourage you to “like” our Facebook page for notification on our open auditions, concert dates, and more.