Summer Workshops Provide Continuing Education for Church Musicians

Associate Kantor Matthew Machemer instructs workshop participant on organ technique.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTSFW)—Church organists and pianists of all skill levels will reap the benefits of continuing education by attending the summer Church Musician Workshops at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana. Basic Level Organists and Service Playing for Pianists will be offered June 19-23, with the Intermediate and Advanced Level Organists session taking place June 26–30. More information on the sessions, instructors and registration is available at

“Each year we look forward to working with musicians from all ability levels during our summer music workshops,” explains CTSFW Kantor Kevin Hildebrand. “We encourage pastors and congregations to send us your church organists and keyboard players to improve their skills in leading congregational singing.”

The workshops for Summer 2017:
Basic Level Organists and Service Playing for Pianists
June 19–23
Many organists, whether recently drafted into playing or who have been on the bench for quite a while, have had very little or no basic training in how the instrument works, how to choose appropriate registrations, how to play pedals with both feet or how to lead the singing of hymns and liturgy through effective playing. This workshop covers these basic items. Additionally, pianists will learn the same concepts of how to lead congregational singing of hymns and liturgy from the piano.

Intermediate and Advanced Level Organists
June 26–30
For organists who have the basics covered but desire to improve their skills of playing hymns and liturgy. Topics will also include creative hymn introductions, making informed choices about organ repertoire and strategies for leading challenging hymns.

Those who have questions about the workshops can connect with the CTSFW Music Department at or 260.452.2224.