Who should attend?
These workshops are designed for parish musicians of varying ability levels to help increase their knowledge and skills. These workshops are for organists who are already playing, whether they are experienced veterans or new organists recently drafted into helping at their parish. Formal organ lessons are not a prerequisite, but some familiarity with the instrument is important.
Again, this year, we offer a workshop that includes instruction for pianists who are not playing the organ, but desire instruction in leading congregational song from the piano or keyboard.
At a minimum, participants should have proficient keyboard skills. They should be able to read and play both treble and bass clefs simultaneously, such as playing a hymn.
How are the workshops organized?
Each workshop begins with registration on Sunday evening (late registration takes place on Monday morning). The first session begins Monday at 8:15 a.m. and the last session concludes on Friday at noon. Lodging is available in our campus guest dorms and meals are in Katherine Luther Dining Hall. Daily classes in playing technique and theology are part of the curriculum, as well as practice time. Participants are encouraged to attend the daily campus chapel service(s).
Who will be there?
In addition to instructors from Concordia Theological Seminary, participants will meet other musicians from across the country. Previous attendees have hailed from as far away as Washington, New Mexico, New Hampshire and Maine. Class sizes are limited to allow for individual instruction and adequate practice time.