Local students are touring with the Concordia Choir from Concordia College, Moorhead. They are sophomore Matthew Anderson, a physical education major and the son of Zane and Kristi Anderson of Spring Grove, and senior Rachel Gulbranson, a mathematics major and the daughter of Richard and Mary Gulbranson, also of Spring Grove.

The choir's 2013 tour includes performances in the Midwest and south central U.S. as well as Duluth, Virginia, Moorhead and Minneapolis in Minnesota.

World-renowned composer and conductor Dr. René Clausen conducts the 74-voice a cappella choir and is the artistic director of the Emmy winning Concordia Christmas Concerts seen by audiences of 18,000 people each year and televised nationally through PBS (Public Broadcasting Service).

Clausen has written more than 100 commissioned compositions for ensembles across the world including the St. Olaf Choir and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Last year, the Concordia Choir released a recording with the Grammy Award winning King's Singers and has performed on occasions with renowned ensembles including the Incheon City Chorale during the choir's 2011 tour of South Korea.

This year's national tour program ranges from J.S. Bach to Moses Hogan and includes Baroque selections, double choir harmonies, a set of Clausen's own evocative pieces and traditional folk songs, hymns and spirituals of the Christiansen tradition.