Sorenson selected to sing with Estes in benefit concert

Marie Sorenson
Marie Sorenson will sing alongside Simon Estes in the Roots and Wings Scholarship Benefit Concert. — Emily Novotny/TRUMPET

From singing in Wartburg Choir to performing with Simon Estes her sophomore year, music has become more than just a hobby, but also a lifestyle for Marie Sorenson. Now as a senior, she has been given the opportunity to sing with Estes again.

To open this year’s Artist Series, the vocal performance major will be collaborating with Estes and other musical groups in Estes’ own scholarship benefit concert, Roots and Wings, on Oct. 14 in Neumann Auditorium.

Sorenson said the process began when Wartburg’s voice faculty had to choose one student to be a part of this musical collaboration. Her voice professor, Jennifer Larson, was given the responsibility to make the final decision and chose Sorenson as the student soloist.

Sorenson said she couldn’t believe what she heard when Larson gave her the news.

“I was really surprised,” Sorenson said. “Being offered it my senior year again was just amazing.”

The Roots and Wings concert celebrates Estes’ home roots in Iowa as well as his support for giving scholarships to both high school and college students. The concert includes solos by Estes and Sorenson as well as group performances by the Wartburg Choir and the Bremer County Honor Choir.

Sorenson has participated in other musical groups both on and off campus including the service group Hope Overflow, the acapella group Infinity and her local church.

After working with Sorenson for nearly four years, Larson said she chose Sorenson not just for her musical ability but also her personality.

“She has a heart of gold,” Larson said. “With her, it’s not about her and the glory that she might receive from singing but from the gifts that she can give to others.”

Estes shared similar feelings about Sorenson. He hopes this concert will help build her character for wherever her musical vocation takes her.

“I hope this concert will give her the courage and determination to continue in vocal performance,” Estes said. “I feel that she has the talent to have a career.”

Sorenson said the performance for the Artist Series will make her last year at Wartburg even better. She hopes it will be the same for the other singers involved.

“It’s just kind of like the icing on top of the cake,” Sorenson said with a smile. “This has been such a great year already and then to find out that I’ll be singing with him, I’m just really ecstatic. He gives these opportunities for Wartburg Choir and the other choir to spread our wings, if you will.”

Tickets for the Roots and Wings Scholarship Benefit Concert are on sale Wartburg’s Ticket Office. You can call at 319-352-8691 or go online at

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