Jason Rausch, new artistic director of the Decorah Chorale, has announced the schedule for the 2014-15 season. 

Important dates include:

Sunday, Aug. 17: Auditions for people interested in joining the Chorale are 5-8 p.m., in the choir room at Decorah High School. Contact Jason Rausch at 319-329-4089 or Jason.rausch@decorah.k.12.is.us. Entry is from the west parking lot.

Saturday, Aug. 23: Voice interviews for Chorale members who sang during the 2013-14 season are 8:30-noon and 12:30-2 p.m., in the choir room at Decorah High School. Current Chorale members are signing up for three-person time slots using the online Google spreadsheet or by contacting Rausch directly.

Sunday, Aug. 24: The Chorale holds its first rehearsal from 4:30-6 p.m., with a potluck to follow at 6 p.m. Both events are at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 701 Iowa Ave., Decorah.

Sunday, Nov. 9: The Chorale hosts a “Meet the Director” social hour and concert of light music at T-Bock’s Upstairs. A social hour with snacks and open bar begins at 5:30 p.m., with the concert at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be available from Chorale members.

Sunday, Dec. 6: The Chorale sings at the “Vesterheim Norwegian Christmas Weekend,” at 11 a.m. in the ship room.

Saturday, Dec. 13: The Chorale presents the 15th annual “Home for Christmas” Habitat for Humanity fundraising concert at 7 p.m., at Decorah Lutheran Church.

Sunday, May 3: The spring concert is at Decorah Lutheran Church, with details to be announced at a later date.

Performances at smaller venues also are being planned.

The Chorale’s new director has completed his seventh year as the director of vocal music at Decorah High School. He holds degrees from Waldorf College and Luther College, and has a master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Iowa. 

“I’m so excited to get started in August,” Rausch said. “I think you are going to love the music. My goal is to bring you a new, exciting repertoire.”