Lectures in Church Music

The Vi Messerli Memorial
Lectures in Church Music

  October 23-25, 2016

Second in a three-year series leading up to the
500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation

2016 Lectures Brochure and Registration Form  


Keynote Speaker
How Does the Creature Say Praise?: Appreciation for Lutheran Contributions
to the People's Song in the Broader Christian Community
Michael Hawn, Perkins School of Theology,
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

Banquet Speaker
 The Church Musician As Persuader
Barry Bobb, Director, Center for Church Music


 Concert/Hymn Festival
New Settings, New Sounds--for the Reformation
featuring Resonanz, Jonathan Kohrs, conductor
Chapel of Our Lord, Concordia University
Sunday, October 23, 4:00 p.m.

Chicago Choral Artists
Songs and Psalms--Full and Final
Michael D. Costello, artistic director
Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest
Tickets required: 
$25 general admission, $15 seniors/students
Sunday, October 23, 8:00 p.m.

Hymn Festival
A Mighty Fortress--Hymns of and for the Reformation
featuring Robert Hobby
Trinity English Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, IN
Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest
Monday, October 24, 8:00 p.m.


 Presentations in Cooperation with the Center for Church Music
The Organ in the Early Lutheran Reformation
Steven Wente

The Choir in the Early Lutheran Reformation
Daniel Zager

The Life and Service of Charles W. Ore: From "My" Perspective
Irene Beethe


Mind, Music, and Ministry
Christian Hauser

Soundscape and Landscape: The Intersection of Geography
and Congregational Song--A Global Perspective
Michael Hawn

Organ Music for Hymns of Reformation
Robert Hobby

Let My Mouth Declare Your Praise: Communicating the Text in Singing
Sigrid Johnson

Terrific Treble Treats: Easier Music for Women's (and Children's?) Choirs
Sigrid Johnson

Five Altos and Two Tenors: Performing Miracles with Smaller Choirs
Timothy Shaw

Piano Music for the Reformation
Timothy Shaw

Master Class: Composing for Choirs
Timothy Shaw

Choral Reading Sessions and Publisher Exhibits

 2016 Lectures hotel list

Lectures Archives

2015 Lectures brochure
    view the 2015 Keynote online

2014 Lectures brochure
2013 Lectures brochure
2012 Lectures presenters
2012 Lectures brochure
2011 Lectures brochure
2011 Lectures Presenters
2010 lectures brochure
2010 Lectures Presenters

 If you are interested in the 2009 Carl Schalk celebration:

2009 Lectures brochure

Music of Carl Schalk Concert Programs