Luther Bach Choir
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Luther Bach Choir
The Luther Bach Choir was founded in 1982 by Dr. Carl Cherland. For over thirty years, the Choir has contributed to the university and to the Regina community by providing three or more concerts each year on behalf of Luther College. As the name “Bach” implies, the Luther Bach Choir focuses on music from the Baroque period, a style of European music dominant from about 1600 to 1750, but its repertoire includes sacred music and hymnody from every period. The Choir presents annual concerts marking Reformation/All Saints (end of October or early November), Advent (beginning of December), and Passiontide (Palm Sunday).
Please visit the Events Calendar for a listing of all upcoming Luther Bach Choir concerts.
Members of the Luther Bach Choir include Luther alumni from both the High School and University campuses, students and faculty currently at Luther, parents and other friends of Luther, and Regina musicians with many years of choral singing experience.
Dr. Carl Cherland founded the choir and its “Best of the Baroque” concert series in 1982 and remained its conductor until his retirement as music director of Luther College in 2008. Melissa Morgan, the current Pfeifer Memorial Director of Music at Luther College High School, conducted the choir during the 2008-2009 season, until responsibilities at the High School prevented her from continuing. Jonathan Achtzehner (HS'98, U'04), the choir’s present conductor, is a graduate of Luther College High School and University Campuses. Jonathan is active as a musician in the Regina community: he is a violist with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, an occasional performer with Per Sonatori, Regina’s Baroque Period-Instrument Ensemble, director of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church choir, and an instructor in the Parent/Child Strings Program at the Conservatory of Music.
The Choral Tradition
Martin Luther (1483-1546) understood music as a way to encourage people into active participation in the Christian faith, and as a means for learning and expressing the faith. He understood that singing sacred music puts scriptural texts into the mouths of ordinary people. Following Martin Luther, Lutherans have always valued choirs and choral singing. Members of the Luther Bach Choir are proud to continue this Lutheran tradition of singing to the glory of God, with enthusiasm, but with humility. Soli deo gloria. To God alone the glory.