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The Decorah Chorale will be holding auditions for the 2018 spring term on Saturday, January 13 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in the Decorah High School Choir Room. The five-minute individual audition will assess vocal and musical skills. Auditions will be held with the Chorale's artistic director, Jason Rausch. Enter the high school from the west parking lot, door 29.
Please email with any questions or to arrange an alternate audition time.
The first rehearsal for the fall term will be Sunday, January 21.

Schedule for Spring 2018

SUNDAY, JANUARY 21...First rehearsal, DHS
SUNDAY, JANUARY 28...No rehearsal (Jason has HS Madrigal Dinner)
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4--SUNDAY, MARCH 25...Weekly rehearsals, DHS
SUNDAY, APRIL 1...Easter, no rehearsal
SUNDAY, APRIL 8--SUNDAY, APRIL 22...Weekly rehearsals, DHS
SUNDAY, APRIL 29 (mandatory to sing concert)...Final rehearsal, Decorah Lutheran Church
SUNDAY, MAY 6...Spring Concert, 3:00 PM, Decorah Lutheran Church

Anyone interested in membership in the Chorale is encouraged to contact Jason Rausch, artistic director, at

Welcome to the 2017-2018 Season of Decorah Chorale

The The Decorah Chorale is a group of community members who love to sing. The "community" currently includes Northeast Iowa and Southeast Minnesota. We practice each Sunday evening during the fall, winter, and spring seasons. Members volunteer our time and energy for the group. Our performances are for community and charitable benefit.

For an evening of diverse and inspiring music, please attend one of our concerts.

If you desire to sing with a group of dedicated choral musicians, come and check us out. Contact Jason Rausch at for more information or to arrange a short audition.

Recent Performances

The 18th Annual Home for Christmas Benefit Concert was held on Saturday, December 9, 2017.
Wonderful prelude music was presented by Decorah High School Madrigal Singers. Piano soloist Nicholas Shaneyfelt presented beautiful and familiar pieces, one with Peggy Beatty, during the free-will offering.
The Chorale presented a variety of music, including classical, contemporary, and favorites, ending with a fun rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas. This years pieces featured many solos, duets, quartets and musical instruments which added greatly to the variety and enjoyment of this concert. The Chorale thanks all who attended, we had a wonderful time.

On November 5, 2017 T-Bock's hosted the Chorale fundraiser in their upstairs room. Guests were served finger foods and drinks while enjoying the event. Many individuals from the Chorale performed wonderful pieces, and the Chorale performed selected pieces, some of which were a preview of the upcoming Christmas concert.
It was great fun, and we appreciate your attendance.

Decorah Chorale and The Oneota Valley Community Orchestra (OVCO) joined together to perform "Requiem" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 3 p.m. at the Decorah High School Auditorium. The performance began with selections by the Decorah Chorale and then selections by the OVCO clulminated by the combined performance of both groups in a powerful rendition of Mozart's Requiem. What a wonderful day!

Future of Our Chorale

The Decorah Chorale looks forward to collaborations with local musicians and conductors. It has had the honor of singing and learning from such notable choral conductors as Weston Noble, Z. Randall Stroope, Allen Hightower, and Bob Chilcott. The Chorale will continue to focus on its mission of bringing quality choral music to Decorah and its surrounding communities.

   A big thank you
   to our sponsors

   The Depot Outlet  

   Thrivent Financial Services  


 We also truly appreciate those individuals and businesses who have sponsored the purchasing of new music.