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Christmas Festival: Angels Hovering Round

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 4:30pm
Friday, December 9, 2016 - 8:00pm
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 8:00pm
Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 11:00am
Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 2:30pm


This cherished annual event creates a holy experience for audiences in the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis and First Presbyterian Church in St. Louis. Kevin Siegfried's "Angels Hovering Round" provides the theme for this year's message, inviting the listener to ponder a contemporary understanding of Christ's birth with the angels' proclamation to "Have no fear." The story is told through an eclectic array of poetry, exquisite choral music, and carols sung by all, painting a tapestry experience which removes one from a sense of time and space.

Christmas Festival 2016 - Live Stream

Christmas Festival: Angels Hovering Round - LIVE STREAM

On Friday, December 9th at 8pm CST, viewers are invited to join our concert via LIVE STREAM!

Christ is Born


The National Lutheran Choir is pleased to announce the release of their 10th Christmas album, Christ is Born! This new recording contains 18 tracks from their recent Christmas Festival concerts at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis. 

Choral TuneUp 2017

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 9:00am
TuneUp your church choir with Dr. Lee Nelson and the National Lutheran Choir!
As part of its mission to support church musicians, the National Lutheran Choir offers a Choral TuneUp program, in which church choirs and their directors come together to learn music and work on choral technique alongside the NLC. Emphasis is placed on helping choirs prepare specific pieces for presentation in their own parishes. This year's literature consists of music that can be added to the choirs' repertoire and used as appropriate throughout the liturgical calendar year. The pieces are varied in style, voicing and difficulty, and useful for all church choirs. Music ordered through this website will be available to pick-up at the TuneUp.

National Lutheran Choir Announces Reformation Commission

Major work commissioned from Norwegian composer, Kim André Arnesen
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, March 1, 2016 – The National Lutheran Choir (NLC) – - announces the commission of a major choral-instrumental work, “Holy Spirit Mass,” to receive its world premiere in October 2017. Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen has been commissioned to write this significant new work in commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
The new work, titled “Holy Spirit Mass,” will be scored for SATB chorus and 16 instruments and will have an anticipated duration of 35-45 minutes.
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