Seminars are limited to 25 registrants each and will be scheduled concurrently on Monday, April 24, 2017 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. 

Participants are encouraged to be prepared to perform or show their work if invited by the leaders to do so, each according to the focus of the class. Participants may receive instruction in the topics listed; for those who already have training in the area, the class can also serve as a model for how to teach the topic.  Participation in Seminars requires an additional fee of $65 with full registration or $75 if not attending the Institute.



I-to Loh

How Could We Sing Foreign Songs in Our Land?

Some Christians are contented with singing only traditional Western hymns, thus are hesitant to sing others from foreign lands.  This seminar will stimulate the interest in Asian hymns through analysis of their texts, imageries, stylistic features and performance practices, so that more Christians around the globe may also sing the Lord's songs in Asia.

Born 1936 in Taiwan (M.Div. SMM. Ph.D. (UCLA), FHS(.  He taught Asian and Global Church Music at Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music, Manila and Tainan Theological College and Seminary, Taiwan.  He was a leader and advisor to innumerable WCC and CCA ecumenical assemblies and workshops.  He is the editor of Sound the Bamboo: CCA hymnal 2000 and Seng-si 2009, Official Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan, and the author of Hymnal Companion to STB Asian Hymns in Their Cultural and Liturgical Contexts (GIA 2011) and In Search for Asian Sounds and Symbols in Worship (CSCA, Singaport 2012.



Engaging Musical Leaders in the Assembly Song 

In Christian worship, and perhaps most especially among Lutherans, the singing voice of the gathered assembly is the primary musical element in the array of sounds used and available.  But the assembly's common voice needs leadership that is "strong, loving, and wise," present enough to enable, but transparent enough to set free.  This seminar will cultivate amoung us an approach to leading assembly song, regardless of the instruments or lack thereof.  Each participant will practice skills at leading, making informed decisions before singing, and developing skills at adapting leadership to the context or at the spur of the moment.  If you lead music in your assembly with an instrument other than an organ or piano, please bring it with you to the seminar.

Mark Mummert was the 2015 Distinguished Visiting Cantor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. He served as Director of Worship at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston (2008-2015) and Seminary Musician at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (1990-2008). He is a composer included in the first musical setting of Holy Communion in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, and his other numerous compositions and essays are published by Augsburg Fortress.


Leadership Team from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church of Dublin, Ohio

Worship for the Whole People of God - Lay Leadership as the Heart of the Liturgy

What happens in our weekly gathering is meant to be the culmination of the entire church working toward the praise of God.  It is not meant to be a clergy show with lay people cast to the side in minor roles.  This seminar will look at ways to utilze the many gifts of lay members for the enrichment of the liturgy.  Strategies for worship planning, bulletin production, prayer writing, and the recruitment and training of worship assistants will be just some of the topics discussed. 

Prince of Peace looks forward to sharing what has worked for them and hopes to glean from participants what has been helpful in their settings.  Time will be given to do some planning and brainstorming for each parish.  Worship teams are encouraged to attend together! 

The Leadership Team from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church of Dublin, Ohio includes the following people: Pastor John Morris, Pastor Amanda Highben, Jeremy Bankson, Director of Music; Barb Hoyt, Director of Congregational Ministries; Kate Tegtmeier, Parish Administrative Manager; Jim Hoyt, Lay Leader and Church Organist; and Daniel Potaznick, Intern.  


Carl Schalk

Worship and Church Music in the Lutheran Tradition: A “Small” and a “Large Catechism”

The Small Catechism follows Luther’s pattern of nine basic understands, followed by a simple straight-forward explanation.  Where there is a “Small Catechism,” can a “Large Catechism” be far behind? For this purpose Paul Westermeyer and I have written more extensive essays, one on each of these nine basic understandings, expanding and enlarging upon the simpler statements in the “Small Catechism.”

Both of these are intended for pastors, church musicians, members of worship committees, and congregation members new and old.

Carl Schalk, born 1929, is a teacher, musicologist, composer, author, and is Distinguished Professor of Music Emeritus at Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois. Dr. Schalk has served as lecturer and clinician at numerous church music workshops and pastoral conferences. He was the editor of Church Music (1966-80) and served as a member of the Inter-Lutheran Commission on Worship, Hymn Music Committee, which prepared the Lutheran Book of Worship (1978). He is a Fellow of the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada and was made an Honorary Life Member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

MorningStar is very pleased to have more than twenty choral compositions by Dr. Schalk included in the catalog. Schalk is also the author of a book entitled, First Person Singular – Reflections on Worship, Liturgy and Children. This book is drawn from years of practical experience in church music.