Robe Sponsorships

Norwegian CrossThe St. Olaf Choir is a treasured ensemble at St. Olaf College and the purple robes worn by its members (new in 2015–16 with a purple Norwegian cross insignia) are a visible symbol of musical passion and excellence. For generations of choir members, donning the distinctive garb represents a significant individual artistic achievement and signifies a shared responsibility to represent the college through outstanding choral performance. The robes are a collective commitment to the choir’s mission, message, and legacy.

A sample dedication patch sewn into the robe.

In 2001 St. Olaf began a robe sponsorship program that provided the opportunity for a powerful connection between current choir members and friends of the college who choose to celebrate the St. Olaf Choir’s legacy. Sponsorships are available at $3,000 per robe and are recognized with a personalized gold embroidered label sewn inside the robe. Sponsors can choose who they’d like to honor or memorialize, and donor and honoree names are listed below. Sponsor labels from retired robes are on display in Alumni Hall.

If you have any questions about this process, e-mail Music Organizations or call 507-786-3179.

All robe sponsorship gifts are tax-deductible contributions to St. Olaf College to the extent allowed by law. Robe sponsorship gifts will be counted toward reunion campaigns and in the St. Olaf Fund.

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St. Olaf Choir Robe Dedications and Honorariums

In memory of Ronald Axel Nelson
St. Olaf Choir member (1946–49)
Given in loving memory by Betty Lou Oleson Nelson

In honor of Lisa (Curry) Bogh and Cassandra Bogh
St. Olaf Choir members (1982–85 and 2009–12)
Given by Charles and Lisa Bogh

In memory of my husband, Stanley E. Thorson
who loved to hear us sing
Given by Ruth Sanden Thorson (St. Olaf Choir member, 1945–47)

In memory of Alice and Arthur Arntzen
my mother and father
Given by Alice Arntzen Stehn (St. Olaf Choir member, 1957–58)

In memory of Kathleen Olson Ohm
St. Olaf Choir member (1941–44)
Given by Brian Ohm (St. Olaf Choir member, 1978–80)

In honor of Bernt Julius (B.J.) Muus
teacher, mentor, friend
Given by John K. Beed

In honor of Carol Nelson Lang
St. Olaf Choir member (1968–71)
Given by Rick Lang ‘71

In honor of St. Olaf Choir Member (1971–74)
Given by Robert Clayburgh

In memory of my mother, Margaret Bestul Russell
St. Olaf Choir member (1923–24)
Given by Kathryn Russell (St. Olaf Choir member, 1957–60)

In memory of my husband, Eric M. Heggeseth
St. Olaf Choir Member (1969–72)
Given in loving memory by Christine Schroth Heggeseth

In honor of L. Christine Hubbert Wertman ‘69
St. Olaf Choir member (1968–69)
Given by Donald and Roberta Wertman

In memory of Douglas H. Yock ‘37
St. Olaf Choir member (1933–37)
Given by Doris E. and Douglas H. Yock Jr.

In honor of our daughter, Megan Hoffman Gibbs
St. Olaf Choir member (1998–2000)
Given by David and Linda Hoffman

In honor of Daniel Kunau
St. Olaf Choir member (1957–60)
Given by Janet Kunau ‘62 and Martha Kunau ‘90

In honor of Sara Kunau
St. Olaf Choir member (1990–92)
Given by Dan ‘60 and Jan Kunau ‘62

In honor of Martha Kunau
St. Olaf Choir member (1988–90)
Given by Dan ‘60 and Jan Kunau ‘62

In memory of Inez Frayseth (college registrar)
and Mark Almli (dean of men)
Given by Mr. and Mrs. Allan Sawatzky

In honor of Robert Johnson
for serving the choir for 37 years
Given by Robert W. Carlson ‘59

In honor of Ralph and Marilyn Haugen
Given by the Haugen Family

In memory of Oriet Fardal Thompson ‘34
Given by Miriam Thompson Hussey

In honor of ARGO
St. Olaf Choir Member (1952-55)
Given in loving memory by Fubar Friends of Lars Kindem ‘55

Given by Dr. Thomas P. Monson

In honor of Ardis Holstad Cox
St. Olaf Choir Member (1966–68)
Given by Gilmer and Doris Holstad

In memory of Bernice (Nicki) Nycklemoe Hanson
St. Olaf Choir member (1951–54)
Given in loving memory by George E. Hanson

In memory of Roma Anfinson Rethwisch
Given by David J. Rethwisch

In memory of Dr. Robert and Helen Quello
Given by Edgar and Marlene Engstrom

In memory of Paul Manz
friend of St. Olaf
Given by Mary Brauer Delk

In honor of our sons, Brent R. and Todd B. Benjamin
St. Olaf Choir members (1978–81 and 1986–89)
Given by Roger and Nancy Benjamin

In memory of Kenneth Waisanen (1964–90)
St. Olaf Choir member (1984–87) — Soli Deo Gloria
Given by Joen Jacobsen St. Olaf Choir member (1951–53)

In memory of Clifford M. Hokanson
Given by Mona, Cindy, and Dede (1971–78)

In memory of Orv Wold 36 and Fritz Eikeland 36
Given in loving memory by Dave Wold (St. Olaf Choir Member 1965–67) and Cathy Eikeland Wold

In honor of Kate Huebner
our daughter/granddaughter) and St. Olaf Choir member (2006–09)
Given by Paul and Becky Huebner (parents) and Sonja Hillestad (grandmother)

In honor of Molly (Mary Margret) Sell
St. Olaf Choir member (2005–07)
Given by Margret Dwyer Sell ‘68

In honor of our sons Aaron W. Grossman (St. Olaf Choir, 1995-98)
and Daniel B. Grossman
(St. Olaf Choir, 2000-03)
with gratitude from Michael Grossman and Margaret Rosso Grossman

In memory of Dr. Kenneth Jennings and in honor of Dr. Anton Armstrong
with gratitude from Dr. Julie Buckley (St. Olaf Choir member ’88-91) and Dr. Joan (Naglestad) Buckley ‘52

In memory of Thomas W. Keckley
father of J.W. Keckley 17
given in loving memory by family and friends of Tom Keckley

In loving memory of Dr. Kenneth Jennings
Given by Mary Brauer Delk ‘71

In honor of my parents Patricia and John Strohm 49
(St. Olaf Choir member 1948–49)
Given in loving memory by Jean Strohm ‘88 and Doug Parish ‘88

In honor of Robert and Cora Scholz
St. Olaf Choir members under Olaf Christiansen, choral directors, and voice teachers
Given by Tim Wentzlaff

In memory of F. Melius Christiansen
Given by Doug Greene ‘88

In honor of Jean Strohm Parish 88
4th Manager of the St. Olaf Choir
Given by Doug Greene ‘88 and Barb Manning

In appreciation of Ardis Liebenstein 52
For her dedicated care of choir robes
Given by St. Olaf Music Organizations and Dr. Anton Armstrong

In memory of John Nolan
Son of Jensine King Nolan 75
St. Olaf Choir member
Given by her roommate Jane Auld Linker ‘75
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