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About the National Lutheran Choir

2016 – 2018 Concert Seasons

Singing a Sacred and Spiritual Story

Under the direction of nationally known conductor, composer and organist Dr. David Cherwien, the 64-member National Lutheran Choir’s artistry is rooted in its mission to strengthen, renew and preserve the heritage of sacred choral music. And it does so through the highest standards of performance and literature.

Founded in 1986 by the late Dr. Larry Fleming, the National Lutheran Choir sings a sacred and spiritual story rooted in the Lutheran choral tradition. From early chant and simple folk anthems to complex choral masterworks and new compositions, the choir brings a rich and diverse repertoire of music to its listeners. Over the next two years, 2016-2018, the National Lutheran Choir will present its traditional concert series in greater Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota and will also appear in a number of exciting national performances and venues including: the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Church-wide Assembly in New Orleans; the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians biennial National Conference in Minneapolis; the triennial National Conference of the Women of the ELCA in Minneapolis; the Lutheran Church of the Missouri Synod National Worship Conference in Chicago; and tours to both the east and west coasts (Tacoma and Seattle, WA, Portland and Salem, OR and Washington, D.C.) in the Fall of 2017 for the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the premiere of a major new choral work, commissioned by the National Lutheran Choir, the Holy Spirit Mass, by Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen. 

In addition to concertizing, the National Lutheran Choir enjoys frequent broadcasts on public radio and maintains a YouTube channel with selected performances and concert streams. A discography of 30 recordings showcases the ensemble’s music-making over the years and features hymns, choral classics, contemporary works, spirituals and major new works commissioned by the NLC. Much of this influential new work is featured in “The National Lutheran Choir Series,” published by Morningstar Music. The National Lutheran Choir received the 2007 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America and the 2007 Wittenberg Award from the Luther Institute.