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National Lutheran Choir

Biography

Under the direction of Dr. David Cherwien, the National Lutheran Choir’s artistry is rooted in its

mission to strengthen, renew and preserve the heritage of sacred choral music through the highest

standards of performance and literature. Currently in its 33rd year, the National Lutheran Choir

features a roster of 60 committed volunteer singers from all backgrounds and many faiths.

Founded in 1986 by the late Dr. Larry Fleming, the National Lutheran Choir sings a sacred and

spiritual story rooted in the Lutheran choral tradition. From early chant and simple folk anthems to

complex choral masterworks and new compositions, the choir brings a rich and diverse repertoire

of music to its listeners. In the 2018-2019 season, the National Lutheran Choir will perform a

concert series in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area, and will also tour the anniversary

commission of the 500th Protestant Reformation, "Holy Spirit Mass" by Kim André Arnesen, to: the

Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN; First Presbyterian Church,

Kirkwood, MS; Cathedral of Saint Cecilia, Omaha, NE; Cathedral of Saint Mary, St. Cloud, MN.

In addition to concertizing, the National Lutheran Choir enjoys frequent broadcasts on public radio

and maintains a YouTube channel with selected performances and concert streams. A discography

of 30 recordings showcases the ensemble’s music-making over the years and features hymns,

choral classics, contemporary works, spirituals and major new works commissioned by the NLC.

Much of this influential new work is featured in “The National Lutheran Choir Series,” published by

Morningstar Music. The National Lutheran Choir received the 2007 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral

Excellence from Chorus America and the 2007 Wittenberg Award from the Luther Institute.