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The North High Alumni Choir was formed in 1993 by alumni of Carl Lipke's North High choirs dating from 1954 until his retirement. The Choir rehearses once per week and presents concerts in the spring and during the Holiday season. Their main purpose is to spread the joy of choral music and the gift of song to the North Suburban community. Carl Lipke has had a widely acclaimed career as a vocal music educator. Carl taught for 40 years, 39 at North St. Paul High School, until his retirement in 1993. Carl was also the director of the 3M Music Makers. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Mankato State University and his Master of Arts in Music degree from the University of Minnesota. Carl received the 1991 Outstanding Music Educator Award from the National Federation Interscholastic Music Association and in 1995 was elected to the Minnesota Music Educators Association Hall of Fame. In 1998 the National Federation Interscholastic Music Association honored him again with the Citation Award as the National Outstanding Music Educator of the Year and on May 17, 2009 Carl was inducted into the Minnesota State High School League's Hall of Fame. The Choir is comprised of North High alumni, family and friends.