CTS Conference Addresses
Music Choices for Worship

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTS)—Over the years the Good Shepherd Institute Conferences at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., have explored many aspects of the church's worship life, and together we have rejoiced over the wonderful gifts that have been handed down to us in liturgy and song. But there is one topic, the proverbial "elephant in the room," that has been begging for attention; that topic concerns the choice of music for use in the church. This year we intend to address it head on through An Open Conversation on Music in the Church: A Look at the Elephant in the Room, November 3–5, 2013. For a complete list of topics, speakers and online registration go to www.ctsfw.edu/GSI.

Topics to be explored include:

  • What’s Right for the Rite? Theological Discernment in Matching Music to the Liturgy—Dr. Thomas M. Winger, president, professor and dean of Chapel, Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
  • Hearing Is Believing: But If Music Is a Universal Language, Why Don’t We Agree on What it Means?—Dr. Barbara J. Resch, chairman of the Music Department, Indiana University–Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Making Melody: A Composer’s Brain on Church Music—Mr. Stephen R. Johnson, music instructor, Monsignor Scanlan High School, New York, N.Y., and co-founder of Liturgy Solutions, Inc.
  • The Sound of Beauty: Discerning and Creating Beauty in the Liturgy and Its Music—Dr. Kent J. Burreson, dean of the Chapel and professor of Systematic Theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.

In addition to the presentations and panel discussions there will be several music events as part of the conference:
November 3:

  • Organ Recital with Craig J. Cramer of Notre Dame University
    Kramer Chapel
    4:30 p.m.
  • All Saints Choral Vespers, Seminary Schola Cantorum
    Kramer Chapel
    7:30 p.m.

November 4:

  • Choral Evening Prayer, Fort Wayne Children’s Choir
    Kramer Chapel
    4:30 p.m.
  • Hymn Festival, Seminary Kantorei and Chamber Choir, Concordia Lutheran High School, Fort Wayne, Ind.
    Kramer Chapel
    7:30 p.m.

The registration fee for the conference is $125 with discounts available for church musicians and for seniors (65 and over). Registration is available at www.ctsfw.edu/GSI. Questions can be directed to GSI@ctsfw.edu or 260-452-2224.