Mt. Prospect Singer Leads St. Olaf Choir
Daday, Eileen O., Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Eileen O. Daday Daily Herald Correspondent
Mount Prospect native Beth Hellstedt has a busy few weeks ahead of her, with upcoming gigs at Wheaton College on Saturday, as well as at Princeton, Yale, and finally Carnegie Hall in New York.
All because of her love of singing. And the fact that her music teachers and church leaders back home encouraged her to pursue her passion in college.
Hellstedt now is a senior at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and president of the St. Olaf Choir. Consequently, she will lead the 75 members as they travel to their performances, which also include a stop at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association Feb. 5 in Los Angeles.
"It's quite an honor to be asked to sing at this convention so we didn't want to pass it up," Hellstedt said. "We will be sharing the convention concerts with three other choirs, including the legendary Mormon Tabernacle Choir."
Needless to say, her former teachers at Hersey High School and at Grace Lutheran Church in Mount Prospect, where her father, Peter, is pastor, are bursting with pride.
"She is making an impact at one of the top college choirs in the country," said Dennis McSherry, fine and performing arts coordinator at Hersey High School.
St. Olaf's choir is credited with being one of the first a cappella choirs in the country, having been founded in 1871. Its mission is to "provide music of the highest quality which lifts people's hearts and spirits. …