St. Olaf Choir television special wins two regional Emmy awards
A television broadcast of the St. Olaf Choir’s most recent performance in the 950-year-old Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway, has won two regional Emmy awards.
PBS aired the one-hour television special, Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir, as part of last year’s holiday programming. Produced by Twin Cities Public Television, the program was filmed during the St. Olaf Choir’s 2013 tour of Norway.
Nidarosdomens Jentekor, the resident girls choir from the cathedral, joined the St. Olaf Choir and conductor Anton Armstrong ’78 in the performance.
Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir won the 2014 Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Award for Special Event Coverage. Armstrong served as artistic director and conductor for the special; St. Olaf Manager of Music Organizations Bob Johnson served as production/concert manager; and St. Olaf Director of Broadcast/Media Services Jeff O’Donnell ’02 served as audio producer.
The television special also won an Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Award for the work of its director, Phillip Byrd.
Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir will be rebroadcast nationally this year December 19 and 20.