The Choir

Under the direction of nationally known conductor, composer and organist Dr. David Cherwien, the 64-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: St. Olaf College (14); Luther College (11); Concordia College, Moorhead (8); Gustavus Adolphus College (5); Augsburg University (4); University of Minnesota (8); Luther Seminary (6); Bemidji State (2); Lenoir-Rhyne University; Valparaiso University; UW-River Falls; UW-Eau Claire; Carthage College; Emerson College; Macalester College; Millikin University; University of Louisville; University of Northwestern, St. Paul; University of Texas; Yale University; St. Mary's University; University of Kansas; University of St. Thomas (2); Lutheran School of Theologian, Chicago; Boston University

Colleges and Universities Represented: St. Olaf College (14); Luther College (11); Concordia College, Moorhead (8); Gustavus Adolphus College (5); Augsburg University (4); University of Minnesota (8); Luther Seminary (6); Bemidji State (2); Lenoir-Rhyne University; Valparaiso University; UW-River Falls; UW-Eau Claire; Carthage College; Emerson College; Macalester College; Millikin University; University of Louisville; University of Northwestern, St. Paul; University of Texas; Yale University; St. Mary's University; University of Kansas; University of St. Thomas (2); Lutheran School of Theologian, Chicago; Boston University

 
 

Currently in its 32nd 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.