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Passion Week Rehearsal Notes: March 17, 2015

Following rehearsal on March 17, 2015, Artistic Director, David Cherwien shared these thoughts with the choir regarding their preparation of Gretchaninoff's Passion Week:

We are deep into this marvelous work. It is mesmerizing music to be sure. Without a doubt it takes us into a different plane of being - losing a sense of time and space, to be sure. I'm amazed at how Gretchaninoff can take such a simple statement and make it achingly beautiful. It's taxing, though - don't let tension creep in - that's what will wear you out. Maybe we can do as I do with organ students: I just very lightly touch the shoulder when I see tension and it's like a release button. Should we do that for each other? Fortes do not need tension to be intense. Breath and support, indeed but not tension. 

Bach's Birthday Bash

Members of the National Lutheran Choir have been invited to perform for one of five concerts celebrating Bach's 330th birthday on March 21! Join us in person for the concert, listen live on Classical MPR stations or stream live onlinePlan ahead to participate in the “Bach’s Birthday Bash” on Saturday, March 21, 2015, a sequence of five hour-long all-Bach performance events at five Minneapolis churches, featuring organists, pianists, singers and other instrumentalists in celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s 330th Birthday (b. 3/21/1685).

"Passion Week" Rehearsal Notes

As the choir prepares for their performance of Gretchaninoff's Passion Week (April 30 and May 2), Artistic Director, David Cherwien shares these notes with the choir:

We're definitely on our way. The challenges for this concert are already pretty clear: stamina and finding the uniqueness of each movement. How can we perform this without everything starting to sound the same after 5 minutes? 

Signs of Spring

Changing Staff Roles at NLC

This Spring, the National Lutheran Choir is pleased to announce staff changes that have been taking shape over the past several months.  These changes bring fresh talent to NLC; capitalize on longtime experience and success; and offer the larger singing community an exciting new program with dynamic leadership.

Devotion: Lean on Me

It’s such a privilege and honor for me to stand with you tonight in my home congregation, to sing in a renewed space that I happen to know every inch of. Zion is approaching its 145th anniversary, and has been a landmark church in an historic community.

Taking risks

This story was written by NLC soprano, Christina Myers, after an especially moving concert performed by the choir in Prescott, Arizona.

Part of our pre-concert devotion in Prescott, AZ tonight said this: “To have the courage to take a risk and see where it leads." That struck me tonight, all the risks that brought us here, tonight, to this place in time.

Thirteen years ago I was living with a friend who was working a temp job at a local Funeral Home. Her boss was in a choir, and they were having a Gala and looking for volunteers. The call of a free meal brought me to Edina to volunteer at the National Lutheran Choir’s Gala. Auditions were coming up and I liked the people I met there and was desperately searching for a place to sing, so I decided to take a risk and audition, having no idea where it would lead. It’s led me to the most enriching and important part of my adult life, and has given me such wonderful friendships, such incredible, breathtaking musical experiences, and has really given me a family in this group. That risk was one of the best I’ve ever taken.


This story was written by NLC soprano, Kate Tripoli, on February 21, while on tour with the choir in Phoenix, Arizona.

This morning I did one of my least favorite things (got up before 10 a.m. on a Saturday) in order to prepare for one of my very favorite things: an NLC hymn festival. Church choir singers from Scottsdale, Prescott and points beyond will join us on Sunday afternoon at La Casa de Cristo in Scottsdale for a hymn festival titled "God of Grace." It's a great program full of well-loved hymns and anthems, and as we rehearsed with the massed choir, organ and brass, I was renewed in my conviction that this is what NLC does best. This is our sweet spot.