In a time when opportunities to provide students with formative performance experiences are scarce, Concordia University Chicago’s Wind Symphony has partnered with Sheboygan Lutheran High School’s Symphonic Band to present a coast-to-coast virtual concert event. The two schools have joined together as a way to offer congregations a meaningful sacred music repertoire amid the pandemic.

On Friday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. Central, congregations and other partners in ministry throughout the nation are invited to tune in for a live-streamed concert, titled, “From Coast to Coast: Praising Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.”

The Wind Symphony, CUC’s premier instrumental ensemble under the direction of Dr. Richard Fischer, will travel to Sheboygan, WI, to perform live from Lutheran High’s brand-new Worship and Fine Arts Center. The 30,000-square-foot Center, which was dedicated in November, features a 600-seat auditorium, atrium and conference spaces for hosting events, a state-of-the-art computer and robotics lab, and small- and large-scale practice spaces for band and choir.

“We are honored to help celebrate Sheboygan Lutheran’s newest treasure,” said Fischer. “At a time when we have all been called to keep our distance from each other, this joint concert presents a joyous opportunity to unite in spirit with our church partners across the nation, lifting up our musical thanks and praise to the Lord for the gifts He gives.”  

In keeping with COVID-19 safety protocols, the musical ensembles will be physically distanced and wear performance masks during the rehearsal and performance.

“Under different circumstances, my music groups and I would have been gearing up for our biennial Spring Music Tour right about now,” said Matt Thiel, music director at Sheboygan Lutheran. “When the decision was made to cancel this year’s tour, it was pretty devastating to the students. It is a true gift and pleasure for them to be in the presence of fellow Christians, states away, and join together in honoring our Lord and Savior through music. My hope is that this virtual concert can salvage some piece of that experience.”

Already, “From Coast to Coast” has received a warm invitation from congregations in more than a dozen states. CUC would like to thank all Partner Congregations who have pledged attendance thus far. A current list can be found on the Lutheran High event website.

CUC and Lutheran High would love to welcome a congregation from each of the 50 states to tune in for the concert. There is no cost required to become a Partner Congregation—just a willingness to promote the concert within your church. If you are part of a church body and you’d like to join in, please sign up by clicking “Become a Partner Congregation” at Email Matt Thiel with questions.