I recently learned that one of my favorite artists, named Ellis, went to my alma mater. (Check it! The music starts around minute one.) It’s funny how a detail like that make you look more fondly on the place you did university. I should clarify, I don’t have a bad feeling about where I went to college, on the contrary, I feel quite happy with the experiences I had there. But I don’t have what I would call alma mater love. I’m not a bumper sticker toting or check-writing contributor to my university. If I ran into anyone that went there I wouldn’t feel a great swell of pride and solidarity. I would think, oh interesting. I’d probably say first, “Do you sing?” And secondly, “Did you go abroad?” St. Olaf College
is known for two things: its fantastic choir, and (at least in my mind) secondly, it’s out-of-this-world overseas study program. (But that’s a subject for another time.)
If I knew, when I was in college what I know about myself now—namely that I love to sing—I would have joined the choir myself. But as it stands, I don’t regret my choices there. I did take advantage of their fantastic study abroad program. Today, I couldn’t repeat a year at University in France—but I can sing in my living room. And, I just discovered, so can the St. Olaf Choir.
If I lived in Minnesota, I would undoubtedly attend St. Olaf’s spectacular Christmas concerts from time to time (maybe yearly). But this year, I discovered you can bring them to you—and you don’t even have to pick up your kids toys to make room! You can live stream them, via public radio.
Honestly, I haven’t heard them since I left college, plenty of years ago. But if you’re into Christmas music (like I am), and appreciate choir singing (like I do), this will likely be a fun holiday treat. It looks like December 8th is the day. Set your alarm—if you care. Here’s the link for you to find it online.