Recent News

April 8, 2014: Rehearsal transformations

Our artistic director, David Cherwien, writes a note to the choir the Thursday after every Tuesday rehearsal. We are preparing the program for our May 4, 2014 concert at St Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi MN which will include the premiere of a commissioned work by Zachary Wadsworth, William Mathias' Anthem: "Let the people praise thee, O God," Charles Villiers Stanford's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Frank Martin's Mass, and Benjamin Britten's (seen on the left) Te Deum. Organist Aaron David Miller will be the featured guest artist on the program. For more information about the concert, click here

Devotion: Honoring a Pure Offering

This devotion was given by the National Lutheran Choir's bass section leader, Paul Wilson, on the evening of April 1, before rehearsal.

Have you ever given an offering to God?  An offering that is so personal, so private, so sacred that it creates a moment in time that can not be adequately explained to another?  An offering purely of humble thanksgiving, shared only between you and the Maker?

April 1, 2014: Paradox

From the Conductor's diary:

Paradoxically, early rehearsals are exhausting, but at the same time invigorating!  The Frank Martin Mass and commissioned work by Zachary Wadsworth are very challenging intervalically, harmonically, and rhythmically. It's just hard work getting the notes and rhythm right! The good news is that we can get on the other side of that learning curve so much more quickly with home preparation. This allows us to spend as much time as possible doing interpretive things, which is when we get off the page and start making music!

Devotion: Joy

This devotion was shared by NLC alto, Mary Kay Knapp, prior to rehearsal on March 18, 2014.

I considered a number of different topics for this devotional, and finally decided to talk about joy (or should I say “choy” to this group!).  It truly has been my joy to sing in the NLC this year, and I thank all of you who have whole-heartedly been a part of this remarkable, joyful year! 

Tim Sheie's Playlist

Tim Sheie was recently interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio by Steve Staruch, the inimitable host of Minnesota Public Radio afternoon drive-time program. The spotlight interview is part of MPR's "Music with Minnesotans" that features a playlist selected by featured individuals. Tim's selections include a number of choral works including one by the National Lutheran Choir but his tastes in music run towards the eclectic and heart-felt, no unlike the man. 

NLC Midwest Tour 2014 - UPDATE!


Early on Thursday morning, February 27, the NLC and staff members bundled onto two coaches and headed East across Wisconsin on the annual tour. If you know the choir’s schedule, they make tours every year, alternating between “plane” and “bus” tours. You might think the bus tours are the least favorite, but that would be wrong.

February 11, 2014: Zeroing In

David Cherwien shares his notes from the February 11, 2014 rehearsal. The two programs he references in his notes are variants of the same repertoire: a hymn festival performed in Minneapolis (City-Wide Hymn Festival on Sunday, February 23, 2014 @ 4pm in Central Lutheran Church's beautiful sanctuary) and on tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Winona, Minnesota and a concert to be performed on tour in Dixon, Illinois.