Concert Choir performs “Can We Sing the Darkness to Light” for the 2022 Fall Concert. (Angela Heckman)
Concert Choir performs “Can We Sing the Darkness to Light” for the 2022 Fall Concert.

Angela Heckman

Do-re-mi-fa-SO ready for State

November 17, 2022

Sartell’s Concert Choir is set to perform at the 2022 ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) of MN State Conference at Mahtomedi this Friday, November 18th. 

The last time Sartell went to state for choir was 2017, and the ensemble is thrilled.

Lindsey Nelson (junior), Carleena Byrd, Kate Lathe (seniors), and Hannah Diekman (junior) give it their all on stage. (Angela Heckman)

Choir council historian, Jenna Dahlberg, says that she is looking forward to “hearing other choirs and seeing how hard they’ve worked.”

Council president, Elliot Weber, adds, “I’ve heard some really good people are going to be there.”

Sartell will compete with Shakopee, Apple Valley, and St. Michael-Albertville High School choirs throughout the day. Rehearsals, clinics, and performances amongst the schools take place at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater in the morning. 

At 7:25 Friday evening, the ensembles will perform to the public in the sanctuary of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi. 

Junior Allison Preiss prepares to sing her solo for the song “One Voice.” (Angela Heckman)

The Sabres will be performing Dziediet, Meitas! by Laura Jēkabsone, Can We Sing the Darkness to Light by Kyle Pederson, Son de la Vida by Jose Galván, and Nyon Nyon by Jake Runestad, along with two combined pieces with the other high schools. 

When asked which piece he is most excited for the choir to perform, Weber answers, “Son de la Vida. [It] goes so hard.”

Director Joanna Richards notes that this time at State will be a much different experience than the last.

She says, “Before, it was mostly a daytime thing, and it was just us singing by ourselves. We didn’t get to see any other choirs. This time, we get to see four other ensembles and we get to sing combined music—two pieces—and we get to watch them, and we have a concert for the audience…it’s very exciting.”

The Sabres give a bright, energetic performance of the Latvian folksong “Dziediet, Meitas!” (Angela Heckman)

The night ends with a combined performance from all ensembles. 

Tickets are $5.00 for children and $12.00 for adults. They can be purchased at the door or online beforehand at

Come support the Sabres as they showcase the pieces they have been working so hard to perfect! 

For more information, visit Inside ACDA-MN

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