Five students from Caledonia attend Dorian Festival

Dan McGonigle/The Caledonia Argus  Kerrigan Scanlan and Katrina Paulson, seated, joined Walker Spier, Nick Logging and Thomas Jergenson as representatives of Caledonia at the Dorian Music Festival at Luther College in January.
Dan McGonigle/The Caledonia Argus
Kerrigan Scanlan and Katrina Paulson, seated, joined Walker Spier, Nick Logging and Thomas Jergenson as representatives of Caledonia at the Dorian Music Festival at Luther College in January.

By Daniel E. McGonigle

General Manager

The Caledonia Argus

Five students from Caledonia joined 1,100 of their friends from across the upper midwest at Luther College in mid-January to make music.

Katrina Paulson, Thomas Jergenson, Nick Logging, Walker Spier and Kerrigan Scanlan said the experience was a memorable one.

“It was nice to sing with such a large group who were all equally interested in singing… and could hold a pitch,” joked Paulson.

The event took place during some of the nasty storms our region faced in January so the 1,100 singers was down a bit from previous years.

But the Warrior vocalists braved the wind, rain, ice and snow and made beautiful music as a result.

To be chosen for the trip, they had to write an essay about what attending would mean for them.

After having been chosen, the quintet returned to pass along what they learned to the rest of the choir.

“It was interesting, we learned a lot,” said first time attendee Walker Spier.

“It was two-and-a-half hours singing then an hour break off session,” added Scanlan.

“It was nice when they split us up guys and girls which is something that we don’t always get to do,” added Logging.

Jergenson and Logging are the seniors of the bunch.

Both plan to “possibly” join the choirs at their respective colleges, UW River Falls and Augustana respectively.

“It was a great larning experience,” Jergenson said of the Dorian  weekend.

“Great songs by great singers,” added Logging.