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Devotion: You Don't Have to Be Lutheran

The following devotion was shared by Tony Spain, a member of the National Lutheran Choir's tenor section, prior to one of the last rehearsals of the 2013-14 season. Tony describes his personal journey to find God and shares how the NLC is his "church."

This past weekend, I was down at Gustavus for an event and I was talking to someone who is planning to audition for NLC. He told me, “I was raised Lutheran, but I currently find myself in an unknown place when it comes to religion.” I told him that being Lutheran is not a requirement to sing in the choir. We have our tall handsome Catholics, and bright haired Presbyterians, and people who feel closer to God in a drum circle than in a pew. Then strangely, in a small bar in St. Peter, Minnesota, I found these words coming out of my mouth – describing my own faith journey and the integral part the National Lutheran Choir has played in that.

Announcing our 2014-15 season!

We are thrilled to share the highlights of our upcoming season, our 29th, which includes a four-concert subscription series, a new Assistant Conductor, a Choral TuneUp with Anton Armstrong, a new recording, a live broadcast on Classical Minnesota Public Radio and the launch of a month-long, state-wide Choral Festival.
 
2014-15 Local Concert Season Highlights

Devotion: To know, and be known

Before the choir's final performance together for the season, at the Festival of Homiletics in Minneapolis on May 19, 2014, bass Tim Sheie shared this devotion.

From Psalm 139: (the subtitle of the Psalm coincidentally reads: For the director of music. Of David)

You have searched me, Lord, 
and you know me.

Devotion: Cycles and Evolution

On Sunday, May 4, as we completed the cycle of our 28th season, NLC soprano Katherine Castille shared the following devotion with her fellow choir members.

“The world is round which means the place that seems like the end may be the beginning.” - Ivy Baker Priest

April 15, 2014: Like a River

Every week, the NLC's artistic director David Cherwien, writes a short letter to the members of the choir to give them notes on how they should direct their attention preparing for the next week's rehearsal or performance. This week, his focus is on Frank Martin's Mass. 

Conductor's Diary:

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?

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