“You’ve Got a Robe, I’ve Got a Robe …”

If you heard the WA choir at church recently, you probably noticed two things. First, they sound amazing. Second, they’re wearing beautiful green choir robes. Yes. Robes. It’s been many years since the WA choir wore robes. So, what’s the story behind the robes? Where did they come from? Here’s the short version.

When music director Bruce Rasmussen returned to WA to lead the music department this year, he was disappointed to see that the choir robes which had served WA for so long were gone. “The look of the choir has a lot do do with how the choir sounds,” he said. “When they wear robes, they look like a choir and feel like a choir. It creates a unified identity.”

So Bruce and his wife, Rosalie, began searching for 60 choir robes. Days before the choir’s first performance, thier daughter, Kristy, found 60 choir robes on Craigslist. A Lutheran church in Waupaca were getting new robes and were selling their used robes for a very reasonable price.

By Thursday evening, the robes were at WA and on Sabbath morning, the WA choir sang together in robes for the first time in many years. “I feel like I’m in a professional choir now,” said one student.

We look forward to getting a second set of robes in the official WA blue color. Funds have been donated toward this goal already. If you are interested in donating toward this or any other music department development, contact principal Roger Dunder at development@wisacad.org