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All-City Choir Festival next weekend in DL

The 39th Annual Detroit Lakes All-City Choir Festival will be held Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6.

Over 500 Detroit Lakes choir students in grades 6-12 will be participating in this event.

Michael Culloton of Concordia College, Moorhead, will be the clinician and guest conductor of this year’s All-City Choir Festival.

Culloton conducts the Concordia Chapel Choir, Mannerchor, and Cantabile, teaches choral literature to vocal music education students, and advises the student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

Along with his duties at Concordia, Mr. Culloton is the artistic director and conductor of the Fargo-Moorhead Chamber Chorale. Previous to this appointment, Culloton was the artistic director and conductor of Choral Arts Ensemble and Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota, both organizations based in Rochester, Minn., for eight years.

Culloton earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Concordia College, where he studied with Rene Clausen. He earned his Master of Music degree from the University of Arizona, where he studied with Maurice Skones, and has nearly completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree through North Dakota State University, where he is studying with Jo Ann Miller and Michael Weber.

Culloton has taught at Luther College and Winona Senior High School. He has also served as the assistant and interim conductor of the National Lutheran Choir. He has held church choir positions in Tucson, Ariz., and Decorah, Iowa, and has been music director for nearly a dozen musical theater productions.

Along with his twin brother, Michael is the co-editor of the Matthew and Michael Culloton Choral Series with Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Inc. In 2006, he was recognized as the Minnesota ACDA Young Conductor of the Year and also received the ACDA/VocalEssence Creative Programming Award for his work with Choral Arts Ensemble.

In 2009, he was a featured conductor in “Never Stop Singing,” a documentary about the history of choral music in Minnesota.

Culloton has served as a guest conductor, clinician, and lecturer throughout the region. He lives in the Fargo-Moorhead area with his wife, Brynn, who works in the English department at Concordia, and their two daughters, Eleanor and Miriam.

At the All-City Grand Finale Concert on Saturday, April 6, Culloton will direct one selection with each participating choir in addition to three mass choir selections featuring all choir students in grades 6-12.

The Grand Concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Ralph Anderson Gymnasium at the Detroit Lakes High School. The public is cordially invited to attend the concert. Choir members are selling advance tickets and tickets will also be available at the door.

Admission prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students in grades 6-12. Children in grades 5 and under will be admitted free of charge.