This week, I am in the middle of putting together a mailing to the nearly 200 women who have volunteered to sing in our Triennial Gathering choir. Hearing the voices of our musically inclined women is always a wonderful part of our triennial worship, and we have three great pieces selected for them.
When I was working with the musicians on what pieces to choose, it was indeed a daunting task. The number of fantastic choral hymns is far too many to count! (And that’s just the Augsburg choral series!) It’s no wonder the choices are endless: The Lutheran choral tradition is long, and I’m sure for many of you, it was or still is an important part of your worship experience.
From early on in my childhood, choral music has been an important part of worship for me. My mother was the children’s choir director for years, and I always remember Wednesday night as church choir night! As a young adult, I continued to sing in choir and rarely recall singing the same piece twice!
Lifting our voices in song is so core to who we are. It’s just a great part of being Lutheran!
What about you? What do you think of our great choral tradition? What are some of your favorite choral pieces?