In 1972, Anton Armstrong's pastor "kind of dragged me, not wanting to go" to a concert by the St. Olaf Choir at New York City's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
One problem was that Armstrong also had tickets for a show that night featuring the Moody Blues at Madison Square Garden. But it wasn't a question of balance. His mother decided the matter. "My mother said 'You need to go,' " Armstrong recalled. Namely, go to the concert by the choir of St. Olaf College from Northfield, Minn.
The decision has definitely had life-changing destiny attached to it. Not only did Armstrong end up going to St. Olaf College as a student and graduating with a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance, he is now celebrating his 25th year as conductor of the St. Olaf Choir..