Nathan Lafleur, a freshman from Cherokee majoring in business administration, is a member of the Northwestern College A cappella Choir, which toured in South Dakota and Iowa.
The choir's three-part touring concert began with songs focusing on the progression of the human heart from cold to submission and finally worship at the foot of the cross. Next the ensemble performed folk and virtuosic selections, and closed with spirituals.
The first part of the concert included dramatizations of portions of John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" and choral arrangements of the hymns "Softly and Tenderly" and "When I Survey."
Part two featured several onomatopoeic pieces, when choir members used their voices as instruments, including "Pokpok Alimpako," about a children' game, and "Naiman Sharag," which includes the sound of horses. The third part of the concert included "Ezekiel Saw the Wheel," "Daniel in the Lion Den" and the choir's traditional "Beautiful Savior."
Nine of the choir's 70 vocalists are from the Mount Rushmore State. Northwestern's A cappella Choir is directed by Dr. Thomas Holm, associate professor of music at the college and conductor of the Sioux County Oratorio Chorus. The A cappella Choir has performed across the United states and in Eastern Europe.