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Paul Manz Hymn Festival

  • First Lutheran Church 327 South Dakota Avenue Sioux Falls, SD, 57104 United States (map)

“Poet, Prophet, Priest: Living the Call”

A Hymn Festival Honoring the Life and Ministry of Paul Manz, led by David Cherwien, Dr. Paul Westermeyer, and The Augustana Choir. Part of the Lankford Arts Series: The Art of Faith.

2019 marks what would have been the 100th birthday of Lutheran organist Paul Manz. Dr. Manz served for many years as Cantor/Director of Music and organist at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Chicago. Throughout his life, Paul Manz was known around the country for his leading of hymn festivals, as he inspired congregations to sing together in creative ways using the organ and improvisation as the primary vehicle for musical expression.

To help celebrate this milestone, you are invited to join the Sioux Falls community, along with the Augustana Choir, organist David Cherwien and theologian Paul Westermeyer in singing the faith! A reception for organist David Cherwien and Dr. Westermeyer will follow.


David Cherwien, Artistic Director of the National Lutheran Choir, is a nationally known conductor, composer, and organist. Recognized for his contributions to the field of church music and liturgy, he is in demand as a clinician and hymn festival leader across the country. David serves as Cantor at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, a parish known for its passion for traditional liturgy and creative, high-quality music. He also serves as editor of the National Lutheran Choir Series of choral music published by Morningstar Music Publishers. David is a founding member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and has served in its leadership in a variety of capacities, including as National President. He is a member of the American Choral Director’s Association, American Guild of Organists, Chorus America, and Choristers Guild.

David holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance and a Master of Arts degree in Theory and Composition from the University of Minnesota. In the fall of 2000, he was honored as a “Distinguished Alumnus” by Augsburg College (Minneapolis, MN), where he studied choral music education and organ performance as an undergraduate. David also spent two years at the Berlin Church Music School studying conducting, composition, and organ.


“I [Westermeyer] first knew Paul Manz through his playing of hymn festivals and church services. I met him later and then personally learned from his wisdom and collegiality, which complemented what he did musically. He was both example and colleague.”

Paul Westermeyer is Emeritus Professor of Church Music at Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN), where he also served as Cantor and directed the Master of Sacred Music degree program with St. Olaf College. Prior to coming to Luther, he taught at Elmhurst College and Yale University. He has been the President of the Hymn Society, Editor of the Hymn, and Dean of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. His writing includes Te Deum, The Church Musician, and the Companion to Evangelical Lutheran Worship. It reflects his life’s work, studying and teaching about church music and the role of the church musician. His most recent book is A High and Holy Calling: Essays of Encouragement for the Church and its Musicians.

Westermeyer is a graduate of Elmhurst College, Lancaster Theological Seminary, the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary in New York, and the University of Chicago. He was a student in the Liturgical Studies Program at Notre Dame University and the Schola Cantorum at Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis. His publications include The Church Musician; Let Justice Sing; Te Deum: The Church and Music; The Hymnal Companion to Evangelical Lutheran Worship; Church Music in the United States, 1760-1901, with David Music; and A High and Holy Calling: Essays of Encouragement for the Church and its Musicians. These relate to his lifelong interest in the nature of the church’s music; the role of the cantor; and theological, musical, and liturgical intersections.


Join us in singing together! Hymns include:
“Built on a Rock”
“God of Grace and God of Glory”
“God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens”
“Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word”
“Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart”
...and more!

A limited number of free tickets are available.

Earlier Event: November 21
Thanksgiving Eve