Winner:F. Melius Christiansen

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F. Melius Christiansen, a Norwegian immigrant and son of a factory worker, founded the St. Olaf Choir in 1912 as an outgrowth of a small church choir in Northfield, Minnesota, and shaped it into arguably the best-known college choir in the world. The legacy of F. Melius Christiansen's musical genius still influences the a cappella performances of choirs all over the United States. Minnesota is extremely proud of its strong tradition of excellence in choral music built on the Christiansen tradition.
~Diana J. Leland, Richfield, MN

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