“Bach in Fort Wayne” Auditions Open for College-Aged Singers

College students sing in Kramer Chapel

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTSFW)—Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, is seeking college-aged singers (age 18–25) to sing Bach Cantata 137, “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” for a special Sunday observance of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession, June 25, 2017. Singers need not be enrolled in an academic program. The choir and soloists will be selected by audition. The choir will be directed by CTSFW Kantor Kevin Hildebrand.

“We want to provide an experience that connects talented young people to this observance of the Reformation that is both historic and contemporary,” says Hildebrand. “The Augsburg Confession is an underappreciated part of our life together in the Church, but is really a timeless document that summarizes who we are and what we confess in this and every generation. Bach certainly agreed with that, and his cantatas served as a proclamation of that faith, both in his congregations in Leipzig and this summer in Fort Wayne.”

The choir will sing at two downtown Fort Wayne congregations of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod on the morning of June 25. Modeled after Bach’s practice in Leipzig with the choir alternating between St. Thomas and St. Nikolai churches, the choir will sing at the early morning service at newly-renovated Emmanuel Lutheran Church and the late morning service at historic St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. The cantata will be performed in English translation, accompanied by professional chamber orchestra.

Those interested in auditioning need to submit an application, a recommendation and an audio or video audition. Complete information on the submission process is found at www.ctsfw.edu/BachInFortWayne. Deadline for application is April 1.