McCormick Evink of Osceola recently attended the 70th Dorian Vocal Festival at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Each year, the festival accepts nominations of junior and senior high school students to learn and perform at this prestigious event. From those nominations, approximately 1,000 students are selected to attend.
The festival gives students the opportunity to sing with extremely talented high school students from 230 high schools and four states while learning from composers, Luther faculty and guest conductors. It draws nominations from a wide variety of sizes of schools. Students stay in campus dorms during the festival.
In addition to the festival, McCormick was nominated for a mini lesson with a Luther College faculty member that doubled as an audition to perform his solo at the Grand Concert that closes the festival. He was later announced as a semi-finalist, one of just 20 from the 1,000 students attending. He performed his solo for a faculty panel that afternoon.
The two-day festival culminates with the Dorian Vocal Festival Grand Concert. This concert features the Dorian Vocal Festival Choir of 1,000 members, the Luther College Nordic Choir, and five selected Dorian soloists. The Dorian Vocal Festival Choir performed five songs that included exciting music that was both challenging and diverse.