Piano Lab Community Outreach Program

Registrations for the 2018-19 academic year open August 2018

The mission of the Piano Laboratory at First Lutheran Church is to offer group piano lessons to students who would not otherwise be able to afford private piano instruction. The Lab is equipped with eight Roland keyboards with touch-sensitive weighted keys (simulating the action of the modern grand piano), a teaching station, and a large flat-screen television. The studio can accommodate up to eight students at a time for group piano lessons. The Piano Lab curriculum is designed to take students from pre-music reading to fluency in both bass and treble clefs.

Applications will be accepted from new prospective students July 25 – Aug. 31. Classes for new beginners are open to anyone entering third or fourth grade in fall 2018. Students do not need to be First Lutheran members to apply. Basic music reading is not a requirement for admission. The Piano Lab curriculum is designed to take students from pre-music reading to fluency in both bass and treble clefs. 

2018-19 New beginner classes will be offered on Tuesdays from 5 – 5:45 p.m. and  5:45 – 6:30 p.m. To sustain the program, a tuition contribution of $75 per term is requested. Three nine-week terms are offered beginning the week of Sept. 10. Students do not need to be members of First Lutheran Church to apply to the piano lab program; it is open to the community. 

To assess each prospective student’s readiness for group piano instruction, each prospective student is required to have a brief (10 minute) interview with the piano lab faculty prior to admission. Interview dates/times are Wednesday, Sept. 5, 5–6:15 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 6, 5–6:15 p.m. After submitting this application, please call the church office, 336-3734, to request an interview time.
 Questions regarding the Piano Lab may be directed to Shirley Barlow,  339-1983 ext. 261 or sbarlow@flcsf.org.



Lankford Arts Series

The Lankford Arts Series at First Lutheran Church explores the intersection of sacred arts and the Christian faith as an outreach to the Sioux Falls community. All events are free and open to the public. 
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Music Ministry

At First Lutheran, we seek to carry on the rich musical heritage of the Lutheran tradition that supports and teaches the Christian faith.  We invite all ages to participate in a dynamic music ministry that includes congregational song, choirs, instrumentalists, the pipe organ, and the opportunity for education in our piano lab. 

For information about the music ministry please contact Shirley Barlow, (605) 339-1983 ext. 261, or sbarlow@flcsf.org.

Vocal Choirs

Graded choir program open to everyone.

Carol Choir│Children in 1st – 4th grades
Jubilant Singers│Youth in 5th – 8th grades
FLYGHT│Youth in 9th – 12th grades
Adult Choir│Anyone college-age or older
Women's Choir│ Women college-age women or older

Handbell choirs

Good Vibrations│Youth in 5th – 8th grades
Belle Campane│Youth in 9th – 12th grades
Agape Ringers│Anyone college-age or older


First Lutheran Orchestra plays for special services and occasions. This ensemble is made up of amateur and professional musicians from throughout Sioux Falls.


First Lutheran Church is blessed with many instruments, but three in particular stand out as truly exquisite. First, the sanctuary is home to a beautiful Aeolian-Skinner organ and a Steinway grand piano. Christ the Victor Chapel is home to a beautiful Alfred Fuhrer organ. Read more...

Music Ministry Staff

Zachary Brockhoff
Director of Music Ministry
Youth Choirs Director
(605) 339-1983, ext. 260

Shirley Barlow
Worship & Music Administrative Assistant
(605) 339-1983, ext. 261

Larry Olson
Contemporary Worship Coordinator

Dr. Paul Nesheim
Adult Choir & Women's Choir Director

Ali Hoffman
Youth Bell Choir Director

Donna Hamilton
Carol Choir Accompanist

Bonnie Lindgren
Carol Choir Director

Mary Ryrholm
Agape Ringers Director
Good Vibrations Director

Sue Severson

Pam Sonnichsen
Instrumental Coordinator