Hymn Festival: The Spirit of Transformation
Friday, November 16, 2018
In the Small Catechism, Martin Luther wrote: "…the Holy Spirit calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth." Gathered by the Spirit of God, we will sing together of God's ongoing forming and re-forming in lives, in hearts, in community. Gathered by the Spirit of God, we will enter into that holy place where word and melody, voice and heart, create a space for encounter, for beauty, for newness.
Susan Palo Cherwien is a poet and musician. She received her bachelor’s degree in church music and voice from Wittenberg University, attended the Spandauer Kirchenmusikschule, Berlin; completed the Abschlussprüfung in voice at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin and a Master of Liberal Studies from Mundelein College, Chicago, where she focussed on spirituality, ritual, and the arts.
Susan has composed numerous hymn texts which appear in denominational hymnals in the United States, Canada, and Europe and has written for The Lutheran, Christian Century, Gather, and Word and World. She is the author of the hymn text collections, O Blessed Spring: Hymn Texts of Susan Palo Cherwien; Vol. II: Come, Beloved of the Maker; and Vol. III: Peace, Be Still (all with AugsburgFortress); as well as hymn festival reflections collected in Crossings: Meditations for Worship, (MorningStar) and From Glory Into Glory: Reflections For Worship (MorningStar); Susan also edited the sacred vocal collection, To God Will I Sing (AugsburgFortress). She served on the ELCA Language Consultation, whose work set language guidelines prior to the development of Evangelical Lutheran Worship.
Susan can be contacted through her website: http://www.susanpalocherwien.com
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.