Bach at the Sem, presented by Concordia Seminary and the American Kantorei, will present the fourth and final concert of its 20th season on Sunday, April 28, at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on the campus of Concordia Seminary in Clayton, Mo. These concerts are made possible through the financial support of the public. Please give generously as you are able.
Scott M. Hyslop received the D.M.A. in Organ/Church Music at The University of Michigan, where he was a student of Marilyn Mason. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Church Music from Concordia University, River Forest (Chicago), Ill., and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. He presently serves as the Director of Parish Music at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church in Frankenmuth, Mich. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Lutheran Music Program, the organizational sponsor of Lutheran Summer Music, and the Board of Directors for the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.
Featured at the April concert will be: J. S. Bach, Cantatas BWV 190a: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied; BWV 69: Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele; BWV 120: Gott, man lobet dich in der Stille zu Zion; and BWV 143: Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele.
The American Kantorei, the performing group of Bach at the Sem, was founded in 1969 by its first musical director, the Rev. Robert Bergt, a member of the Concordia Seminary faculty. Following a hiatus of some 20 years, the Kantorei was resurrected in 1993 at the behest of its major sponsors, Robert and (the late) Lori Duesenberg and Richard and Phyllis Duesenberg, and has since presented to the communities of Concordia Seminary and St. Louis at large nearly 100 concerts of the music of premier Lutheran composer, Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as music of Schütz, Buxtehude, Mendelssohn and other Lutheran composers.
In this period of guest conductors, following the death of Maestro Bergt in 2011, the chorus is prepared for each concert by interim music director, Dr. Jeral Becker, director of choral and vocal activities at Saint Louis University.