The Schalk Scholar Program seeks to identify and support up and coming scholars in the area of church music. It program provides recognition, publication (in print and online), stipends for research, as well as opportunities for them to present their work.

The Center for Church Music wishes to honor the legacy of Concordia University Chicago distinguished professor of music Dr. Carl Schalk. This legacy includes not only his music but also his exceptional research, writing and lecturing in the area of Lutheran church music.


Daniel George Baker (2020)

Daniel is a graduate of the DPM program at Concordia University Wisconsin. He recently completed his masters at the University of Florida and has been accepted into the PhD program in musicology at the University of Birmingham. His topic—“The influence of Anglican Church music on Saxon-American Lutheranism and its musical tradition in the late 19th to early 20th centuries.”

Benjamin Alan Kolodziej, Plano, TX (2018)

Benjamin is an outstanding church musician, composer, researcher and writer. He holds several degrees from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. An active member of Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, Benjamin has won many awards and competitions. He has published on a wide range of topics in several scholarly publications.

Sam Eatherton, Dallas TX (2016)

Sam, an outstanding church musician and composer at Zion Lutheran Church in Dallas, is a former student of Charles Ore.  He is currently a DMA student at Baylor University. He has done considerable research and writing in the area of church music, especially in the area of “Children’s Song in the Lutheran Church.”