Music in Worship

Music plays a vital role in the worship experience at Augustana. Traditional worship is enriched by our Glatter-Gotz/Rosales pipe organ, four vocal choirs, two handbell choirs and many other instrumental and vocal solos and ensembles. Contemporary worship is led by our Celebration Band.

SENIOR CHOIR

Wednesdays, 8:00 to 9:15 pm (September to May) Kathy Andrews, Director

The Senior Choir worships each Sunday during the program year leading the congregational singing and offering anthems that illuminate the Word. The choir embraces the strong Lutheran choral tradition while incorporating diverse styles and cultural traditions.

REJOICE! RINGERS BELL CHOIR

Wednesdays, 7:00 to 8:00 pm (September to May) Janet Metcalfe, Director

Adult handbell musicians are invited to participate in the Rejoice! Ringers. They play in church once month.

AGAPE CHOIR

Wednesdays, 7:00 to 7:45 pm (September to May) Kathy Andrews, Director The Agape Choir, young women in grades 7 through 12, sing in Sunday worship approximately twice a month. The Agape Choir enjoys singing music in harmony and in a variety of styles and languages.

ALLELUIA BELLS

Wednesdays, 8:00 to 9:00 pm (September to May) Janet Metcalfe, Director

The Alleluia Bells handbell choir is for youth in grades 9 to 12. They play in church once each month.

CHORISTER CHOIR 

Wednesdays, 6:15 to 7:00 pm (September to May) Kim Zemple, Director The Chorister Choir is made up of children in grades 4 through 6.  This choir sings in Sunday worship approximately twice a month and in recent years has enjoyed performing musical cantatas.

CHERUB CHOIR

Wednesdays, 6:15 to 7:00 pm (September to May) Kathy Andrews, Director

Children in grades 1 through 3 participate in the Cherub Choir where they have an opportunity to sing a variety of songs, play instruments, and develop a love of music. The children sing approximately once a month in worship.

Celebration Band

The Celebration band and singers lead worship at 11:00 am with contemporary Christian music featuring keyboard, drums and guitars.

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GLATTER-GÖTZ/ROSALES ORGAN Augustana’s Glatter-Götz/Rosales pipe organ was installed in 2005. The design and building of the organ was a collaboration of several experts: Builders: Caspar von Glatter-Götz with Stefan Sturzer, Germany Tonal designer and voicer: Manuel Rosales, Los Angeles, CA Case designer: Graham Tristram, Scotland Acoustical work in the sanctuary: Dana Kirkegaard, Chicago, IL These individuals have worked together on organ projects in the U.S, Europe, Scotland, Russia and Norway. The large organ in the new Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles is a Glatter-Götz’ and Rosales’ collaboration. The Augustana organ is their first instrument in the Midwest. Augustana’s organ is a large two-manual instrument with 39 stops, mechanical key action and electric stop action, with a state-of-the-art memory system.