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Church choir members invited to ‘Schola Cantorum’ workshop, hymn festival

Accomplished choral director and organist to lead one-day course

Update: This event has been cancelled, but music lovers in the St. Louis area can attend the Laudamus men’s choir concert at 7 p.m., Feb. 20. This free concert is the first stop on the choir’s spring tour and will be hosted by Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2650 Miami St., St. Louis, Mo., 63118.

Church choir members seeking new insights into choral music are invited to Concordia Seminary’s 23rd Annual Schola Cantorum: An Adult Choir Member Workshop and Hymn Festival. The workshop will be held in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on the Seminary campus from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015.

Following Schola Cantorum, workshop participants, combined with the voices of Pro Musica Sacra: A Lutheran Community Choir, will lead the “Singers of Joy” Epiphany Hymn Festival at 2 p.m. in the chapel. The public is invited to attend the hymn festival.

Leading this year’s workshop will be Charles Brown, choral director, and Steven Wente, organist, both of whom are members of the faculty at Concordia University Chicago.

Brown teaches choral conducting, applied voice, and music education. He also studies different styles of singing in American culture and music teaching strategies. As the conductor of Kapelle, Concordia’s choral performance ensemble, Brown has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, and South America. Under his tenure, Kapelle has over five recordings, and is in production for an additional one. Wente teaches applied organ, music history, and church music. In addition, he serves as department chair and coordinator for the university’s graduate music programs. 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 across the country.

The cost for the Schola Cantorum is $70 per individual or $125 per congregation ($80 or $140 after Jan. 16, 2015). With 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 to get registration forms, call 314-505-7286 or email ce@csl.edu. The registration deadline is Jan. 23, 2015.

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

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