Music as a Servant of the Word
Music as a good gift of God is, according to Luther, "the handmaiden of theology and second only to theology." As such, music in the church serves God's Word by appropriately carrying truths to the hearts and minds of the church. Such music is a well-ordered discipline that truly helps the church "breathe the air of heaven" (Athanasius), by actually lifting her to that which is holy, "separate." Music then becomes an integral part of the confession of the faith through hymns, liturgical music, and choral music -- all proclaiming Christ by means of this good gift.
This glorious realm of sacred music is very much in evidence and a part of every day life at Concordia Theological Seminary. The public is invited to join us for Choral Vespers, as the Seminary Choirs lead us in special Christmas, Epiphany, Passion and Easter commemorations. The finest in sacred instrumental and choral music from every period of music history is offered regularly in Kramer Chapel services. The Schola Cantorum, the Chapel Choir, and the Seminary Kantorei offer the Lutheran heritage of music as proclamation in chapel services and in Choral Vespers services throughout the year. A typical year includes works by Bach, Praetorious, Reger, Distler, Proulx, Hillert; also everything from handbell choirs to brass choirs, from guest children's choirs to guest international organists. Our Seminary Kantorei has commissioned new works almost every year of its 31 year history. In fact, this well-known and well-traveled choir has perhaps commissioned more twentieth century music than any other synodical school.
The Seminary's Kramer Chapel is an acoustically extraordinary space for making music. The student body and faculty are very much aware of this great blessing daily as they gather to sing the unaccompanied and accompanied offices. Concordia Theological Seminary is happy to be able to offer to its students, to the community, and to the church-at-large this on-going feast of outstanding church music where music is indeed servant and Christ is proclaimed.