Great Northern Union Concert Comes to SCL

Published Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 11:15am

Press Release

Great Northern Union Male Chorus at St. Croix Lutheran Grades 6-12

Listening to world-class barbershop music and supporting a local music department; what a great way to spend an evening!

The award-winning Great Northern Union Male Chorus is set to spotlight at a fundraising concert at St. Croix Lutheran Grades 6-12 of West St. Paul, MN.

WEST ST PAUL, MN. – Benefit Concert March 31, 2016, at 7 PM (doors open at 6 PM) – Minnesotans know excellent music, and The Great Northern Union (GNU), based out of Hilltop, MN, is one of the best male chorus groups in the world. GNU, under the direction of Doug Carnes, and the folks in the music department at St. Croix Lutheran Grades 6-12 are teaming up to create a unique concert opportunity.  “The concert on March 31, at 7 PM, will give the community, our school association and student body and music lovers, the opportunity to hear GNU and raise money to fund projects my department needs to complete,” said Music Department Chairman Casey Pufahl.  The projects include three key items, which will enhance the music department’s performance area.  “Our community has been very generous in the past, and we are asking for help to complete funding for new staging, a new sound shell, and a pipe and drape system,” Pufahl stated.

Most of St. Croix Lutheran’s concerts take place in the school’s gymnasium.  Staging helps the students be more visible to the audience and allows the sound to blend better.  The pipe and drape system will give the gym a more “concert feel,” which spurs students to perform their best.

“GNU performs all over the world, so I am very humbled and grateful the group selected St. Croix Lutheran to be the third stop on their Urban Tour Concert Series,” said Pufahl.

The Urban Tour Concert Series is designed to benefit local school music education programs.  Joe Cossette, GNU’s Educational Coordinator, speaks of the goals of this program.  “Youth outreach has always been a core part of our mission,” said Cossette.  The concert series looks to generate funds for the schools in order to provide equipment, materials or additional experiences that would otherwise not be funded by the school budget.“We can’t think of a better way to promote the message of life-long choral singing than to come together for an event like the concert with St. Croix Lutheran that truly spans all ages. We hope that the Urban Tour Concert can continue to impact the lives of students throughout the Twin Cities metro area,” report Cossette. 

Pufahl and the Music Parents Organization have been working on music department projects for several years.  “The overall cost of this project is around $30,000, and we, with the community’s and GNU’s help, can achieve that goal.”

GNU tickets normally cost between $15 and $45 per concert. A general admission ticket at the March 31 concert is $10 for adults, $5 for students (ages 6-18), and kids (ages 0-5) are free.  In addition to the ticket price, the school is asking patrons to consider contributing additional funds to the project.  Advanced purchase tickets and donations can be made online at or call the box office at (651) 455-1521.

St. Croix Lutheran Grades 6-12 is located at 1200 Oakdale Ave, West St. Paul, MN 55118.

Benefit Concert – Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 7 PM; Doors open at 6 PM

GNU at St. Croix Lutheran of West St. Paul

Tickets: $10, $5, donations accepted

Online tickets purchases and donations  

or call the Ticket Box Office: (651) 455-1521

Donations may be given at the time of the concert as well.

St. Croix Lutheran Grades 6-12

1200 Oakdale Avenue

West St. Paul, MN 55118

About St. Croix Lutheran

St. Croix Lutheran Grades 6-12 is a private Christian middle school and high school located in West St. Paul, MN.  Established in 1958, the school offers a full rang e of academic courses in English, mathematics, the sciences, business life skills, religion, the fine arts, world languages, social studies, and physical education. Accelerated and advanced placement courses are offered to ensure that students are well prepared for post-secondary education. 95% of SCL graduates pursue additional education at the university or college level after graduation. The school offers 23 interscholastic sports as a member of the Tri Metro Conference. In addition to athletics, students have opportunities to participate in drama, music, and leadership programs. SCL’s new on-site 152-bed dormitory houses over 100 American and international students.

Wade Guerin, Class of 2007, Conference Tournament Championship Player of the Game, University of Wisconsin River Falls
" St. Croix taught me so many things - one of the main things was to stay on the 'walk with God' in everything I do. I am happy to say I am still on that walk today! "
- Wade '07