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Kapelle World Tour 50th Anniversary

Start your packing list to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Kapelle’s Around the World Tour Friday - Sunday, August 23-25, 2019. We'll start celebrating on Friday then joining CUC's Golden Celebration on the River Forest campus. We hope you'll plan to come as we continue sharing the Gospel through God's music!

To begin your celebration, enjoy this Photo Slide Show by B. Ellen Lehenbauer BA '71 (YouTube, 21 minutes)

Around the World Opportunities

In addition to joint events with other reunion attendees, the Connecting Team invites you to the following:

Two Performance Opportunities - Dr. Charles Brown, the current Kapelle conductor, will be directing alumni for both Sunday Morning Worship as well as the Opening Service of the 156th Academic Year. Around the World choir members are encouraged to participate in one or both performances. Music will be provided digitally in advance for early review. 

    • Opening Service Rehearsals - Thursday 8/22 6 p.m., Friday 8/23 6 p.m. & Sunday, 8/25 2 p.m.
      While Thursday is optional, participants in the Opening Service are requested to attend BOTH Friday & Sunday rehearsals.
    • Sunday Morning Service Rehearsals - Saturday 8/24 & Sunday, 8/25 at 9 a.m.

Connect at Friday Night Social - After Friday's rehearsal, the party begins! Join choir members for a celebration in the Koehneke Community Center. Cost is $15/person and includes appetizers and beverages.

Share Your Memories of the Tour & Beyond - Plans are in the works to collect stories and memories from each choir member as well as host an exhibit of mementos like photos and souvenirs during our celebration weekend. Interested in bringing mementos? Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations by August 1 to let us know what you'll be bringing at 888-258-6773 or

Download the Memories Form (PDF).

Helpful Hints: Once the PDF is open, be sure to “Save As” to your computer as a new document with a new name (Example. C.T. Cougar Memories Form 2019). Then open the document, enter your details and save changes. Once save attach to a new email and send back to

If you are having difficulty saving the document please update your Adobe Acrobat Reader to the newest version for free at: Or, if you prefer, type your reply to questions on the form in the body of an email and send to

Saturday Evening Sing-a-Long - Dinner on Saturday features a special time to connect with choir mates. The program will include special sharing times and another opportunity to sing tour favorites.

Share a Hotel with Classmates - SpringHill Suites (Elmhurst, IL) is the "Official" Around the World Tour Hotel. This all-suite hotel provides a great way to catch up with classmates over a hot breakfast - included in the rate - or in the late night commons area. Make Your Reservation>>

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Help Fund the Kapelle Alumni "Beyond Measure" Endowment

Current Endowment Total $15,422 of $20,000 Goal
gifts and pledges as of 8/7

The 1969 Kapelle members have a golden opportunity to support the choir that brought us together. Concordia continues to prepare student musicians with excellence and integrity to share their Christian faith through music. Choir leaders believe it is important to continue this legacy and ensure the next generation of singers have the same Kapelle experience.

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Around the World Tour, we challenge choir mates to help fully-fund the Kapelle Alumni "Beyond Measure" Endowment. By collectively sharing $20,000 (or more), we will help our alma mater retain students seeking a Christ-centered education in the Midwest. Learn More>>

Share your gift during registration. Or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or call 888-258-6773 for additional information.

The Kapelle Around the World Connecting Team

Jeff Burkart BA ’71
(651) 641-8426

Lois (Bartell) Giordano BA '70
(414) 587-8423

Jim Gladstone BA ’70
(317) 847-4785


B. Ellen Lehenbauer BA ’71
(847) 394-3862

Kathryn (Getbehead) Liersemann BA '70
(410) 610-6175

Maggie (Kresin) Stilwell BA '73


Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations toll free at 888-258-6773 or