“Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with
the gift of song was given to us that we should proclaim the Word of God through Music.”
Integral to the worship and mission of the congregation, Luther Memorial’s music program is strongly rooted in the rich Lutheran musical tradition and ancient liturgy of the church. Chant, cantatas, chorales, anthems, motets, and hymns of various times and places are sung passionately by the the congregation with the leadership of several outstanding choral groups. We believe that music exists to aid God’s people in worship and thus the music at Luther Memorial is offered at the highest standard, ennobling the liturgy through sacred song.
Choirs & ensembles
Luther Memorial has several choirs and instrumental ensembles, including Adult Choir, Youth Choir, Children’s Choir, Training Choir, Bell Choir and Recorder Ensemble. In addition to our Director of Music, Music educator Ann McDermott conducts the Training Choir. As scheduled, these ensembles provide leadership to the Sunday liturgy as well as festivals.
Luther Memorial holds a weekly 30 minute organ concert at noon on Wednesdays during the UW term and often hosts concerts from guest choirs from around the world, particularly from many of the Lutheran colleges in the US.
Music at Luther Memorial has a foundation in the magnificent sound of its pipe organs. The church has three organs:
- A 56-rank Austin organ built and installed in the rear balcony in 1966
- A 1893 Steere and Sons tracker action organ of 19 stops, restored and installed in the east transept in 1997
- A 1986 Bedient portative organ of three stops