The Augustana College Choir will perform a concert on Sunday, March 13th at 4:00 pm at First
Lutheran Church in Galesburg, as part of the 2021-22 season of the Galesburg Community
Chorus. Tickets are free for all students, and may be purchased at the door for seniors ($12)
and adults ($15).
The choir will be singing an a cappella program of works from a variety of cultures and time
periods—from joyous motets and Gregorian chant melodies to spirituals and arrangements that
combine traditional and modern elements.
The Augustana Choir is a highly select mixed ensemble that performs a wide variety of music in
major concerts, special events, and on tour. The choir, under the direction of Dr. Jon Hurty
since 1996, has performed at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center and
Carnegie Hall in New York City, as well as many major cathedrals and concert venues
internationally. In addition to regional performances this season, the choir will tour to Germany
and the Czech Republic next summer.
Dr. Hurty said that “the Augustana Choir is excited to present off-campus performances this
year after doing primarily virtual concerts for the past two years. It is such a wonderful
experience for us to be able to share our music with the larger community in a way that has not
been possible in the recent past.”
Dr. Hurty is Director of Choral Activities and Henry Veld Professor in Music at Augustana College
in Rock Island, Illinois. Besides directing the Augustana Choir, he leads the Augustana Chamber
Singers, serves as the conductor of the Handel Oratorio Society, and teaches conducting. He is
active as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and abroad.
Sponsors of the concerts of this year’s season of the Galesburg Community Chorus include Blick
Art Materials, OSF Healthcare, the Galesburg Community Foundation, the City of Galesburg,
and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
The Galesburg Community Chorus, directed by Dr. Tim Pahel, is the oldest community music
organization in the Galesburg area and is currently celebrating its 77th anniversary.