St Olaf Choir with Quava Vocal Group - Linder Auditorium

Fri May 31, 19:00 - Fri May 31, 21:00

Wits Linder Auditorium


Friday, 31 May, 19h00 | Linder Auditorium (Wits)

Celebrated Conductor, Dr. Anton Armstrong, brings his award-winning St Olaf Choir

With Host Choir: Quava Vocal Group | Sabelo Mthembu, conductor

American and World music, Choral Standards, Hymns, African-American Spirituals, Folk Songs, South African, Living Composers, and more. 

“When they opened their mouths to sing, an even wall of sound emerged: words clear, notes true. But more than that, the notes were felt … (The St. Olaf Choir is) good because of its remarkable balance and mellow tone … It’s good because of its dynamic shadings: its ability to sustain, then build from, nearly inaudible pianos, or to distinguish between a forte and a fortissimo … Dr. Anton Armstrong, the group’s leader since 1990, is clearly a gifted choral director – and a teacher to the core.” ~ The New York Times


Open Seating based on your ticketed section

R200 - Floor (Stalls)

R150 - West and East Mezzanine

R100 - Balcony


Wheelchair spaces are located in the stalls - Row G 18, 19 & G 44, 45. Please note these are the only wheelchair spaces 

Venue Address: Wits Linder Auditorium - 27 St Andrews Road, Parktown, 2193, GA, ZA

Parking: Secure, free patrolled parking available in front of theatre.

Refreshments And Meals: Refreshments not available at the venue. 

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance start time

Learn more here:

St. Olaf Choir

For more than a century, the St. Olaf Choir, conducted by Dr. Anton Armstrong, has set the gold standard for choral singing, performing for millions around the world. Composed of 75 mixed voices, the St. Olaf Choir is hailed as one of the nation’s premier a cappella ensembles, renowned for its artistry and beauty of sound. The St. Olaf Choir was founded in 1912 by F. Melius Christiansen, whose work established the ensemble’s standard of excellence and its tradition of bringing music to audiences outside of campus. Christiansen chose spiritually profound music and pushed student musicians to perfect a tone that was disciplined, controlled, and free of excessive vibrato. That sound — securely in tune, controlled in pitch, smooth in delivery — became the choir’s hallmark. When Armstrong took the helm in 1990, his vast knowledge of music and his ability to articulate a vision to singers and audiences alike took the St. Olaf Choir to the next level, adding more flavor to its signature sound and further expanding its repertoire to include music of the Pacific Rim, Africa, and Latin America. Under Armstrong’s leadership, the choir continues to expand its touring horizons, engaging capacity audiences in major concert halls throughout the United States and worldwide. The ensemble has toured internationally 15 times. Most recently, in June 2019, the St. Olaf Choir toured Norway for two weeks with the St. Olaf Orchestra.

Dr. Anton Armstrong, Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College, became the fourth conductor of the St. Olaf Choir in 1990. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College and earned advanced degrees at the University of Illinois and Michigan State University. He is editor of a multicultural choral series for Earthsongs Publications and co-editor (with John Ferguson) of the revised St. Olaf Choral Series for Augsburg Fortress Publishers. In June 1998, he began his tenure as founding conductor of the Oregon Bach Festival Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy.  In January 2006, Baylor University selected Anton Armstrong from a field of 118 distinguished nominees to receive the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching and spent February–June 2007 in residency at Baylor University as a visiting professor. In October 2009, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University. In June 2013, Dr. Armstrong received the Saltzman Award from the Oregon Bach Festival. The festival’s highest honor, the Saltzman Award is bestowed upon individuals who have provided exceptional levels of leadership to the organization. Dr. Armstrong is a highly sought-after clinician and guest conductor, and works with many of the world’s most prestigious organizations and ensembles.

Quava Vocal Group (fondly known as Quava) is a multi-award winning classical/jazz a cappella group based in Johannesburg, South Africa.


St Olaf Choir with Quava Vocal Group - Linder Auditorium
Wits Linder Auditorium
27 St Andrews Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2193
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