Mark Stover Appointed Magnum Chorum Artistic Director

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May 8th, 2014Appointments

Minneapolis, MN, May 8, 2014—Magnum Chorum announced the appointment of Mark Stover as its new Artistic Director, following a national search. Stover, a Colorado native residing in Minneapolis, will assume the position in July, after serving as a Guest Director during the 2013-2014 season.

“We are thrilled by Mark’s passion for choral music and people,” said Search Committee Chair, Nathan Oppedahl. “Mark is a natural fit with Magnum Chorum’s mission to transform audiences through artistry and spirit and we look forward to bringing magnificent choral music to our audiences.” Added Ralph Johnson, Board member and composer, “Mark beautifully embodies Magnum Chorum's values: artistic excellence, creative vision, spiritual depth, and a heart for community which is a key and intentional element of this ensemble’s life together.”

In 2008, Stover became Minister of Worship, Music and Arts at Colonial Church in Edina where he conducts the Colonial Chorale and Worship Band, and where he founded and directs the Colonial Chamber Singers. "We've watched with joy as Mark has transformed the music program of Colonial Church of Edina through his initiative, passion for music and genuine love of people,” said Charles Forsberg, organist at Colonial Church of Edina and Professor Emeritus of Music at St. Olaf College. “I am excited to see how Magnum Chorum grows under his artistic leadership."

For the 2014 spring semester at St. Olaf College, Stover is also serving as guest conductor of the world-renowned St. Olaf Choir, directing the Collegiate Chorale and teaching choral conducting.

Said Stover, “I am absolutely thrilled for the opportunity to serve as Artistic Director of Magnum Chorum. In addition to its high standard of musicianship, Magnum Chorum is a choral community centered in faith, and I feel a deep resonance with its values and vision. I am eager to aspire to even greater heights to bring the beauty of the choral art to listeners in Minnesota and beyond.”

Mark Stover graduated from St. Olaf College and earned his Master of Sacred Music with emphasis in choral conducting from Luther Seminary where he worked extensively with mentors Dr. Anton Armstrong and Dr. Paul Westermeyer. Mark, his wife Julie and son Jack, live in Minneapolis.

Currently in its 23rd season, Magnum Chorum brings transforming artistry and spirit to a cappella choral music. Founded in the choral tradition of St. Olaf College, the 50+ voice choir presents colorful concerts, commissions and premieres new sacred works, and provides music for worship. Magnum Chorum also serves as Choir in Residence at Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

Mark Stover will open Magnum Chorum’s 2014-2015 concert season with Requiem on Saturday, November 1. Stover succeeds Christopher Aspaas who served as artistic director from 2008-2013.

Media Contact: Martha Kunau, Executive Director, (612) 924-4111 or kunau@magnumchorum.org.