Music has always been central to Lutheran worship. Martin Luther, the church reformer, believed that congregations, rather than passively observing priests and choirs chanting the liturgy, should themselves sing as a means of proclaiming the Gospel. He said, “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”
A Rich Tapestry
From Luther’s own hymns, to the soaring organ music composed by devout Lutheran Johann Sebastian Bach, to the contemporary hymns of Marty Haugen and other modern composers, Lutheran worship today features a rich tapestry of musical styles from a variety of traditions and countries around the world.
Worshipers at Our Saviour’s are just as likely to encounter an African American spiritual, a Gospel or Revivalist tune, or music from Africa or Asia as they are traditional Lutheran hymns. In fact, our summertime worship usually features Latin American and contemporary music, with worshipers invited to play along on percussion instruments.
Choral and Instrumental Music
In addition to an emphasis on congregational singing of hymns and liturgy, the musicians of Our Saviour’s enhance our musical worship through weekly choral performances, as well as occasional cantatas and other special music performed with the Collegium Musicum string ensemble and guest soloists and instrumentalists.
Music Internship Program
Our Saviour’s offers a Music Internship program that provides scholarships to young adults who have contributed to the music life of the church and intend to pursue serious study of music at the college level. A Music Intern concert is held each year to help support the program.
The church opens its doors for special musical events, such as community sing-alongs and benefit concerts to support local charities. For more information, please contact Dr. Alice Caldwell, our music director, through the church office.
Join Us in Song
If you are interested in singing in our Adult Choir or Children’s Choir, or if you play an instrument, we welcome your participation in the music ministry of Our Saviour’s. Contact Dr. Caldwell to learn more.