Dr. David Cherwien


David Cherwien, Artistic Director of the National Lutheran Choir, is a nationally known

conductor, composer, and organist. Recognized for his contributions to the field of church

music and liturgy, he is in demand as a clinician and hymn festival leader across the country.


David serves as Cantor at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, a parish known for its

passion for traditional liturgy and creative, high-quality music. He also serves as editor of the

National Lutheran Choir Series of choral music published by Morningstar Music Publishers.

David is a founding member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and has served

in its leadership in a variety of capacities, including as National President. He is a member of

the American Choral Director’s Association, American Guild of Organists, Chorus America, and

Choristers Guild.

David holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance and the Master of Arts

degree in Theory and Composition from the University of Minnesota. In the Fall of 2000, he

was honored as a “Distinguished Alumnus” by Augsburg College (Minneapolis, MN), where he

studied choral music education and organ performance as an undergraduate. David also

spent two years at the Berlin Church Music School studying conducting, composition and


David Cherwien is a prolific composer with over 150 publications with several publishers, and

is the 2007 winner of the Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Composition for his piece, "The

Souls of the Righteous." For the National Lutheran Choir alone, Cherwien has composed at

least 24 new works during his tenure with the Choir.