National Lutheran Choir alto section member, Jenny Kelley, gave this devotion prior to rehearsal on April 12, 2016. It seems fitting to share after this past weekend, filled with memories of the beginnings of the choir and the man with the vision, Larry Fleming.
As a music major at Augsburg College, I studied conducting with Larry Fleming, the founder of The National Lutheran Choir. Though I found him a bit intimidating while singing with the Augsburg Choir, as a teacher he was very mentoring, guiding us through the skills it takes to be a good choir conductor. While I am not as gifted as Larry, Dave Cherwein, or the great conductors who lead our NLC Tune-ups, I became a competent conductor and went on to lead children’s choirs at various churches. Whenever I would work with the choir kids, I would hear Larry’s voice and feel him in my hands, and his teaching stayed with me.