IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE MASLC PROGRAM:
The Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir (MASLC) program is now in a transition period. There will be no MASLC in the summer of 2017. Dr. Thomas Rossin ended his conducting of the choir in the summer of 2016 after leading the program for 26 years. He has retired from the summer youth program (MASLC) of Exultate but still conducts the professional orchestra and choir of Exultate.
During the 2016-2017 season of Exultate, the Board of Directors instituted a plan for succession of the MASLC program by inviting interested groups to present proposals to take over the program. We are now in the midst of that process and will be receiving proposals by April 1, 2017.
The Board will then decide where the new home of MASLC will reside and who will be the new leaders of the program.
In June of 2017 there WILL BE a special day for MASLC alums to join in rehearsing and singing a concert which will be open to the public. The purpose of the Festival day is to demonstrate that the program is alive and will continue. It will give the chance to alums and donors to rally around the future of the Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir.
It is the intention of the Exultate Board of Directors to announce the new home for MASLC during this festival day. As soon as plans are completed, we will post the date, place and time of the MASLC Festival Day.
Please come back to this page to hear about that date and keep abreast of the plans.
The following was the description of the MASLC program from last year. The new description will be similar:
Founded in 1969 by Mark Aamot, the Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir (MASLC), is currently under the direction of Dr. Thomas D. Rossin. During its 40 plus years, the choir has grown to include over 1,450 alumni who have shared sacred music and Christian witness in approximately 150 churches throughout the state.
Each year high school students all over the state audition for the 40-65 voice choir. In June, the choir assembles at beautiful Mt. Carmel Camp near Alexandria. There, in seclusion, the singers participate in eight days of rehearsal, Bible study and discussion concerning the meaning of the texts they will be singing on the tour.
The concept of the choir is based on a concern and a belief. The concern is the lack of participation of older high school students in Bible Camp programs and church music. The belief is that young people, through the medium of choral music, can have a spiritual experience and express their faith through singing.
The program has two main goals: the first is to provide young people with a spiritually aesthetic experience. Rehearsals are the main activity of the camp, and it is through these rehearsals, the related devotions, and small group discussions that the students grow in their personal faith. The belief that the sensitivity and language of music can foster such an atmosphere for growth has been proven beyond our greatest expectations. The camp, however, is only the beginning.
The concert tour which follows (the second goal) provides the realization of that faith-building experience.
The enthusiasm for church music is transferred from the choir to the congregations visited on tour.
Part of each concert is a congregational hymn-sing in which the choir members sit among the congregation, joining in the hymns of the Lutheran church, old and new.
The choir hopes to convey to congregations the joy of involvement in music during worship.