Title: Silent Devotion and Response: Spiritual Reawakening in Bloch's "Sacred Service"
Description: An introduction to Ernst Bloch's devotional and deeply personal work. Institute participants will be able to hear a live performance of this rarely performed work as part of the Truemper Concert.
Biography: Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Valparaiso University, holds the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Lutheran Music, and is Director of the Bach Institute.
Through his activities as a choral music educator and as a distinguished solo artist, Dr. Cock has forged a unique career path combining the roles of conductor and performer. He frequently brings his focus on outstanding repertoire, vocal technique and polished musically to high school ensembles throughout the country. For six years he served as director of choirs for Lutheran Summer Music, the national Lutheran high school music camp. In 2006 he lead the International Choral Invitational in Hong Kong, and was conductor of the Spivey Hall High School Honor Choir, a festival begun by Robert Shaw. He has also conducted All-State Choirs in Minnesota, Georgia and Ohio and the Collegiate Honor Choir in Pennsylvania. He has also appeared at Carnegie Hall as guest conductor of the New England Symphonic Ensemble - he has now made appearances as both conductor and soloist at this legendary venue.
At Valparaiso, Dr. Cock founded the Bach Institute in 2004. The Institute performs the major works of Bach triennially and in the years since its formation has devoted scholarship and performances to studying Bach's professional years prior to his appointment in Leipzig (1723). His leadership of the Valparaiso University Chorale has lead to numberous recordings and extensive concert tours in the United States and Europe. The Chorale has served three performances residencies at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig - - the only American choir to enjoy such a strong relationship with the church of J.S. Bach.
As a solo artist Dr. Cock's extensive range and communicative performances have established him as a premier lyric tenor. Appearances as a Bach Evangelist are taking him to concert venues throughout the United States. In 2002 he made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall and appearances with the Bach Choir of Berlin. He returned to Carnegie Hall for performances of Messiah with the Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra in 2008.
Dr. Cock studied at the University of Southern California and completed his undergraduate study at Pacific Lutheran University. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona (Tuscon), where he was a student of Maurice Skones.
Title: Text and Tune Become One
Description of presentation: How text writers and composers work together
Amanda Husberg Biography: Amanda received her B.S. in Education in 1962, from Concordia Teachers College, in Seward, NE, where she majored in Organ, studying with Jan Bender. After teaching elementary school in Westfield, NJ for two years she moved to Brooklyn, NY to do parish work at St. John the Evangelist Lutheran Church, where she has now been Director of Music for 50 years. St. John's is an inner-city, multi-cultural congregation in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Amanda has 189 tunes published in the U.S., Brazil, Canada, China, and the UK. Her hymns are hymnals and supplements published by a variety of publishers and denominations, including the popular Methodist supplement, The Faith We Sing, which also includes her most popular tune, JENNINGS-HOUSTON, now published in seven different hymnals and supplements. She has written two liturgical masses, one of which, The Brooklyn Mass, is currently being used at her church.
Stephen Paul Starke Biography: Born in 1955 in Bay City, Michigan. He graduated from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1975 and from Concordia University Chicago in 1977. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana in May of 1983 and was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry on June 26, 1983 at his home congregation of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bay City, Michigan. He served as Assistant Pastor at St. John Lutheran Church (Mayfair) in Chicago, Illinois from 1983-1985, and as Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Middletown, CT from 1985 to 2000. Pastor Starke was installed in March of 2000 as pastor at St. John Lutheran Church Amelith in Bay City, Michigan where he continues to serve as pastor. Pastor Starke received an honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) degree from Concordia University in Irvine, California in recognition of his work in the area of hymnody. Concordia Publishing House released a CD of Pastor Starke's hymns in the fall of 2011 entitled, "We Praise You and Acknowledge You." Since the 2005 release of O sing of Christ, Pastor Starke has written an additional 80 hymns. He and his wife Pat, a physical therapist, were married in 1978 and have four children: Paul and Paulette Starke, Sarah and Justin Bobick, Stephanie and Justin Peterson, and Peter. They also have one graddaughter, Alina Starke.
Biography: The Rev. Allison Werner Hoenen was ordained in the ELCA in 2000. She received her BA in Music (Flute)and German Literature at Rice University in Houston, Texas. She holds an MAR in Liturgical Studies from the Yale Divinity School/Institute of Sacred Music and an MDiv. from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, where she met her future German husband. From 2002 until April 2010 they co-pastored Lutheran congregations in Hof and Fuerth, Germany. They currently reside in Munich at the Collegium Oecumenicum with their three school-aged children. Allison Werner Hoenen is on leave from call in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria to pursue her doctorate in Liturgical Studies with Prof. Hanns Kerner of the GottesdienstInstitut Nuremberg.
Title: Selections from the Brauer Museum of Art's Permanent Collection
Description: In this session, Brauer Museum of Art director/curator Gregg Hertzlieb will discuss works from the museum's permanent collection that relate to the Institute's theme of The Word in Time. Hertzlieb will give background information about these works but will also share his personal interpretations that have arisen from his own faith journey. Audience members too are encouraged to share their own observations and interpretations.
Title: Preaching the Imagery of Liturgical Time
Description: Some preachers, befuddled by the many themes and images in the Revised Common Lectionary, struggle with liturgical preaching. This workshop session will explore the trajectory of imagery in the RCL from June 2014 through April 5, 2015 - especially the Gospel and First Readings from Time after Pentecost in Year A through Easter in Year B. Participants in this workshop will consider the sweep of the RCL's proclamation from the end of the Easter season in one year through Easter in the next. Paying attention to imagery in the context of the church year enriches not only the preacher's task but offers the assembly deepening understandings of faith. The Word in incarnate in time as a schedule of images that build comprehension of Christ Jesus' presence in each day and season of our life times.
Biography: Melinda Quivik's latest book is Leading Worship Matters: A Sourcebook for Preparing Worship Leaders (Augsburg Fortress, 2013), which includes thirty different writers - lay and ordained - on worship leadership roles, training session plans, and handouts. Her other writings include Serving the Word: Preaching in Worship (Fortress, 2009), A Christian Funeral: Witness to the Resurrection (Augsburg Fortress, 2005), essays and preaching commentaries have appeared in, among others, New Proclamation, WorkingPreacher.org, Currents in Theology and Mission, and Preaching God's Transforming Justice. She has worked with a team of six other liturgical scholars to compose new liturgical language for each Sunday of the 3-year Revised Common Lectionary - published as Feasting on the Word: Worship Companion.
Her Ph.D. is from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California in worship and preaching. For several years she taught worship and preaching at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). Ordained in 1994, she has served as a pastor in Montana, Minnesota, and Michigan, and as chaplain of the seminary in Philadelphia.
Dr. Quivik writes, leads workshops for pastors and laity, and speaks on worship and preaching in many states. In January 2015, she will give lectures at the Byberg Preaching Workshop in Oregon.
Description: Today, April 29, in 1380, Catherine of Siena died, perhaps of anorexia nervosa. Let me tell you about her approach to liturgical language, as seen in her ecstatic prayers uttered after participating in the eucharist.
Biography: Gail Ramshaw is a scholar of liturgical language. She is a graduate of Valparaiso University (BA), Sarah Lawrence College (MA), The University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD) and Union Theologlical Seminary (MDiv). She is past president of the North American Academy of Liturgy and member of Societas Liturgica. Dr. Ramshaw has published books on the meaning of liturgical language, including A Three-Year Banquet: The Lectionary for the Assembly (Augsburg Fortress 2004); The Three-Day Feast: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter (Augsburg Fortress 2004); Treasures Old and New: Images of the Lectionary (Fortress 2002). Her prayers have been included in denominational worship resources published in the United States, Canada, Sweden and New Zealand. Dr. Ramshaw lives in Philadelphia and is professor of religion at LaSalle University.
Description: Rooted in questions arising from the congregational context in which she served. Jan Rippentrop will draw on Luther's theology of the work of the Holy Spirit to consider what is at stake for worshippers. Approaching the topic by looking at Prayers for Illumination, she iwll first offer a sketch of what is know of the origins of these prayers, which call on God the Father to send the Holy Spirit to illumine the Word of God and then will excavate Lutheran liturgical developments by tracing some of the disappearances and reappearances of Prayer for Illumination language. The group will draw out implications that such theology and history may have for our worship life and our understanding of how we hear the Word of God.
Biography: Jan Rippentrop served a Lutheran congregation in Iowa City as pastor before entering doctoal studies at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. A liturgical theologian whose work focuses on the intersection of homiletics and liturgy, she researches the epiclesis of the Word and its variable patterns of liturgical inclusion. Additionally, she marshals the work of Paul Ricoeur to investigate ways in which anticipation influences liturgical encounters and effects extension beyond the confines of temporally-constrained worship services. As a scholar in the field of religious practices, she is committed to ethnographic research, though which she explores lived liturgies and hears people's own thick descriptions of their experiences.
Title: Dance from Ear to Ear: Lectionary, Scripture, Poetry
Description of presentation: In this workshop we will explore the possibilities for poetry in our liturgical practice, especially in relation to the cycles of the lectionary. Key to our exploration will be an understanding of poetry as something more than a rhythmic text, but as an event that invites into a new way of seeing.
Biography: Travis Scholl is the managing editor of theological publications at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. His published work includes poems, prayers, essays, and the forthcoming book Walking the Labyrinth (IVP, 2014). He is also a PhD candidate in the creative writing program at the University of Missouri, Columbia.
Title: A Seven-week Advent?
Description: The Advent Project is a seminar group of the North American Academy of Liturgy working ecumenically to recover a longer season of Advent that would be congruent with the Revised Common Lectionary we already use. This workshop will introduce participants to the basic rationale behind the proposal and explore liturgical and musical possiblities for this time in the church year, whether one calls it all Advent or not.
Biography: Scott Weidler has served the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as Program Director for Worship and Music since 1995. In addition, he is Cantor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. Holding degrees in education, music, and liturgy, from Concordia College, Nebraska; Wittenberg University, Ohio; and the University of Notre Dame, he has served congregations and schools in Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania, prior to moving to Chicago. One of his current passions is Music that Makes Community, a project of the All Saints Company (www.allsaintscompany.org), for which he is a regular presenter.
Title: Bach Neumeister Chorales
Description: While these early works by J.S. Bach have been considered from many angles--historical, manuscript, analytical--in the year's since they were rediscovered in1985. they have not provoked discussion about certain approaches to performance practice. Are these the pieces that would have been played on the Muehlhausen organ, the specification of which was designaed by Bach himself? Can we deduce anything about how Bach may have played these pieces using the registration directions left by Samuel Scheidt? These and other questions will be explored in this look at these neglected youthful works.
Biography: Craig Cramer is Professor of Organ at the University of Notre Dame. One of the most traveled concert organists of his generation, Cramer has performed in forty-four of the United States as well as in Canada. Cramer has performed for conventions of the AGO, as well as for many AGO Chapters across the country. He holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and the Eastman School of Music where he earned the D.M.A. in Organ. The Eastman School also awarded him the prestigious Performer's Certificate in Organ. He has studied with Russell Saunders, William Hays, James Drake, David Boe, and Andre Marchal. Professor Cramer has fifteen CD recordings to his credit on the Arkay, Dominant, Dulcian, Motette-Ursina, Organeum, Naxos and JAV labels.