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Concordia-Chicago to host Lectures in Church Music Oct. 21-23


Registration is now open for Concordia University Chicago’s annual Vi Messerli Memorial Lectures in Church Music. The event, held from Sunday, Oct. 21 to Tuesday, Oct. 23, features two concerts, a keynote address, choral reading sessions and many workshops to choose from.

The keynote address, “Church Music for Children: Spiritual Formation through Singing,” will be delivered by Samuel Eatherton, minister of music at Zion Lutheran Church and School in Dallas, TX, and DMA candidate at Baylor University.

Music commissioned by Nancy and William Raabe will be performed at Sunday’s Festival Concert and Hymn-Sing with organist Steven Wente and the Kapelle of Concordia-Chicago, with Charles Brown conducting. The following evening, Tom Mueller of Concordia University-Irvine will perform an organ recital of Lutheran Chorale Works for the End Times, Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.

This year’s featured presenter, Zebulon Highben, is an associate professor of music and director of choral activities at Muskingum University in Ohio. Choirs under Highben’s direction have been highlighted at numerous conferences and festivals. In 2011, he received the ALCM’s Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Music Composition.

To register for this event, visit For additional information, contact Carol Smid at or 708-209-3024.