The Choir

Under the direction of nationally known conductor, composer and organist Dr. David Cherwien, the 60-member National Lutheran Choir’s artistry is rooted in its mission to strengthen, renew and preserve the heritage of sacred choral music. And it does so through the highest standards of performance and literature.

Founded in 1986 by the late Dr. Larry Fleming, the National Lutheran Choir sings a sacred and spiritual story rooted in the Lutheran choral tradition. From early chant and simple folk anthems to complex choral masterworks and new compositions, the choir brings a rich and diverse repertoire of music to its listeners.

In addition to concertizing, the National Lutheran Choir enjoys frequent broadcasts on public radio and maintains a YouTube channel with selected performances and concert streams. A discography of 31 recordings showcases the ensemble’s music-making over the years and features hymns, choral classics, contemporary works, spirituals and major new works commissioned by the NLC. Much of this influential new work is featured in "The National Lutheran Choir Series," published by Morningstar Music. The National Lutheran Choir received the 2007 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America and the 2007 Wittenberg Award from the Luther Institute.

Colleges and Universities Represented: Luther College (13); St. Olaf College (11); Concordia College, Moorhead (10); Gustavus Adolphus College (3); Augsburg University (3); Millikin University (2); University of Minnesota (2); Valparaiso University (2); Luther Seminary (3); Augustana University, Sioux Falls (2); UW-River Falls; UW-Eau Claire; Bemidji State University; Boston University; Carthage College; Concordia University (St. Paul); Emerson College; Rhodes College; Macalester College; MN State University, Mankato; St .Cloud State University; St. Mary's University; University of Kansas; University of St. Thomas; Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago;

Colleges and Universities Represented: Luther College (13); St. Olaf College (11); Concordia College, Moorhead (10); Gustavus Adolphus College (3); Augsburg University (3); Millikin University (2); University of Minnesota (2); Valparaiso University (2); Luther Seminary (3); Augustana University, Sioux Falls (2); UW-River Falls; UW-Eau Claire; Bemidji State University; Boston University; Carthage College; Concordia University (St. Paul); Emerson College; Rhodes College; Macalester College; MN State University, Mankato; St .Cloud State University; St. Mary's University; University of Kansas; University of St. Thomas; Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago;

 
 

Currently in its 34th year of singing a sacred and spiritual story, the National Lutheran Choir features a roster of committed volunteer singers from all backgrounds and many faiths.

Our singers are teachers, pastors, nurses, business folks, church musicians, Catholics, Methodists, Lutherans—all highly engaged in singing the spirit with passion, conviction, and artistic excellence.