Joy of Music
Feb 24, 2011
Siri Manning '14, didn’t enroll at Concordia specifically to sing in choir. What attracted her to the college was its reputation for preparing students for law school.
Manning's mom is a music teacher who sang in Dr. René Clausen's first choir at Concordia, and she has been immersed in music her whole life.
"Until I came here, I never really fully appreciated what a blessing I'd been given to be in music," she says. "I have to admit that being in choir has been a tremendous growing experience for me. I've learned to appreciate the gifts I’ve been given and now the pursuit of music shapes how I go about my day."
Her favorite experience is performing in the annual Christmas Concert.
"It's so emotional," she says. "It's just so amazing to be immersed in that great sound and be with people who have this intense drive and who care just as much or more than I do about performing well."
Last summer Manning, who is from Breckenridge, Minn., completed a 100-mile endurance ride and ran her first half marathon.
"I'm pretty serious about my academics, and we work so hard in choir. Both require intense focus," she says. "Biking helps keep me sane. It's a good release."