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Schmidt performs in St. Olaf Christmas Festival

Erin Schmidt of West Fargo recently performed in the annual St. Olaf College Christmas Festival in Northfield, Minn. Schmidt is a member of the St. Olaf Choir and a Music Education major. She is the daughter of Loren Schmidt and Pamela Schmidt and a graduate of North High School.

The St. Olaf Christmas Festival is one of the oldest musical celebrations of Christmas in the United States. Started in 1912 by F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the St. Olaf College Music Department, the festival features more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

The festival, which is regularly broadcast nationwide on public television and radio, has been featured in hundreds of publications, including TV Guide, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.

As one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf College offers an academically rigorous education with a vibrant faith tradition as a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. St. Olaf prepares students to become responsible citizens of the world by fostering the development of mind, body, and spirit. Widely known for its programs in mathematics, the natural sciences, and music,