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Hymn Writing Competition

The Pamela Anne Prevallet Memorial Fund seeks original hymn texts from Concordia Seminary students who are serving as vicars.

The Pamela Anne Prevallet Memorial Fund Hymn Competition was created in June 2000 by Donald E. and Martha Prevallet in remembrance of their daughter. For many years, Donald E. Prevallet was chairman of the Seminary’s Board of Regents and Martha Prevallet served as a church organist for 40 years. The contest seeks to encourage the development of hymn writers for the church who will serve present and future needs.

Though Pamela Anne’s limited abilities prevented her from participating in many things other children could enjoy, it was clear in her short life that music was dear to her, in particular the sound of hymns practiced at home by her mother. It is fitting that she be remembered in this way. It is also a way of supporting Seminary students and encouraging church music and liturgical musical excellence. A committee appointed by the president of Concordia Seminary serves as the judge in awarding prizes. The three potential prizes include the following:

  • $3,000 first prize
  • $2,000 second prize
  • $1,000 third prize

Not all prizes may be awarded in any given year.

These prizes are provided in support of men who are preparing for the Holy Ministry and are thought of as a special gift which may be applied by the winners directly or indirectly to their education costs

The Pamela Anne Prevallet Memorial Fund at Concordia Seminary holds the copyright to the texts of the winning hymns. The use of these hymns in congregations is encouraged. Any congregation wishing to copy these hymns for a one-time use in a service folder has permission to do this without fee or further contact as long as all copies carry the copyright notice appropriate to each hymn. Other use is prohibited without arranging special permission.

Contact information
Dr. Kent Burreson
Dean of the Chapel
Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Place
St. Louis, MO 63105

Recent Winners:


Coming soon!

  • He Who Is
  • God’s Mercy Spreads to All in Need
  • God, You Bid Us to Your Table

Bach at the Sem

Between 1993 and 2017, the American Kantorei, the performing group of Bach at the Sem, presented to Concordia Seminary and the St. Louis area nearly 100 concerts of the music of premier Lutheran composer, Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as the music of Schutz, Buxtehude, Mendelssohn and other Lutheran composers. Performances took place in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on the Seminary grounds. Annual seasons have generally included four choral concerts featuring major works, cantatas and motets.

The final Bach at the Sem concert of the 2016-17 series was held May 7, 2017, in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus. The final concert marked a transition for the Bach series. Future musical offerings will take a different form, presenting in various formats the influence and legacy of J.S. Bach along with other musicians whose combination of Word and music have proclaimed Christ.

For more information, visit: http://www.csl.edu/bach.