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.