Schola Cantorum: An Adult Choir Member Workshop

Concordia Seminary will offer its 23rd Annual Schola Cantorum: An Adult Choir Member Workshop and Hymn Festival, on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. The workshop will be held in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on the Seminary campus.

Registration for Schola Cantorum begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, followed by the Welcome and Morning Prayer at 8:15 a.m. Program begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m.

The “Singers of Joy” Epiphany Hymn Festival will take place following Schola Cantorum at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7.

This year we will have both a choral director, Charles Brown, and an organist, Steven Wente. They are both currently teaching at Concordia University Chicago.  Professor Charles Brown teaches choral conducting, applied voice and music education at Concordia. He researches the study of music and artistry, specifically the changing male voice. He also studies different styles of singing in American culture and music teaching strategies. Professor Brown assists students with projects such as composing for a choir and arranging public performances.

As the conductor of Kapelle, Concordia’s choral performance ensemble, Professor Brown has toured extensively throughout the United States, with additional concerts to Argentina, Chile, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. Under his tenure, Kapelle has over five recordings, with an additional one in production.

His experience includes performing with the Kronos Quartet as a member of the Arizona Choir and a member of the Tucson Symphony Chorus. While at Westminster, Professor Brown served as the graduate assistant for Symphonic Choir, which performed with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic.

Dr. Steven Wente teaches applied organ, music history and church music. In addition, he serves as department chair and coordinator for the graduate music programs at Concordia University Chicago. Among his research interests are organ music from the baroque period and the role of music in the liturgy.

He has performed numerous organ recitals and presented workshops and hymn festivals.  Additionally, Dr. Wente contributed to Key Words in Church Music and Thine the Amen: Essays on Lutheran Church Music in Honor of Carl Schalk. He has been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 1984.

The cost for the Schola Cantorum is $70 per individual or $125 per congregation ($80 or $140 after Jan. 16, 2015). For the congregation fee, a choir can send as many members as it desires. Lunch and the choral music are not included in the fee. For more information or registration forms, call 314-505-7286 or email  Registration deadline is Jan. 23, 2015.

Music available in advance by calling the Concordia Seminary Campus Store at 314-505-7319.