about our choir
The Wausau Lutheran Choir was founded in 1972 by Lowell Larson as an adult vocal ensemble specializing in the performance of sacred music. Drawing on an enthusiastic membership from Lutheran congregations, the Choir quickly earned renown for excellent performances, especially in the music of F. Melius Christiansen. Under the leadership of Mr. Larson, the choir toured the upper Midwest, performing in Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, and throughout Wisconsin. During this time, the Choir recorded seven albums for public distribution.
meet the artistic visionaries
Carla Dul is the Choral Director of the Wausau Lyric Choir. She is currently the Vocal Music Director at Mosinee High School and has held this teaching position for over 30 years. She is a member of the American Choral Director's Association, Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA), National Association of Teachers of Singing as well as a former North Central President for WMEA. Ms. Dul is also a master adjudicator and clinician for solo ensemble and concert festivals for the Wisconsin State Music Association.
Under the direction of Ms. Dul, the Mosinee High School Concert Choir has appeared at Carnegie Hall on two occasions, performing Mozart's Requiem in addition to a concert featuring the music of Andre Thomas. Ms. Dul's choir has also been featured in concerts with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO), performing Beethoven's Mass in C Major and most recently, in collaboration with Randall Swiggum, performing Vivaldi's Gloria with MSO.
Ann Applegate is an Artist/Instructor of Piano at the Wausau Conservatory of Music and is also on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County (UWMC). She performs in faculty recitals, guest performances, outreach performances in the public school system and performances on the Wisconsin Pubic Radio series “Live from the Elvehjem.” Recent performing highlights include two appearances at Carnegie Hall—One with the UWMC College Chorale and another with violinist R. Todd Ehle in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Ms. Applegate has appeared as piano soloist with the Wausau Symphony and Band and has accompanied Wausau Pro Musica, UWMC College Chorale, and UWMC New Dimension. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from Central Michigan University and a Master’s Degree in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Oregon in Eugene.