Luther Memorial’s music program is led by Bruce Bengtson, who has served as the director of music since 1978. An award-winning choral director and organist, Bruce leads several choirs and instrumental ensembles, including Adult Choir, Youth Choir, Children’s Choir, Bell Choir and Recorder Ensemble. Music educator Ann McDermott conducts the Training Choir for children in K-2nd grade.
Luther Memorial’s organs
Music at Luther Memorial has a foundation in the magnificent sound of its organs. The church has three pipe 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
› Read the full history of the Austin, Steere and Bedient organs at Luther Memorial.
A History of Church Ceremonies in Saxony
What was worship like in 17th-18th century Lutheran Germany? Christian Gerber tells us in his 1732 book A History of Church Ceremonies in Saxony, parts of which have been translated by Bruce Bengtson.
› Read Bruce Bengtson’s selected translations from A History of Church Ceremonies in Saxony.