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Exciting New Partnership

It is our distinct pleasure to announce a new partnership between The Center for Worship & Music Studies and Luther Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning. We are pleased that the solid foundation and legacy of The Center, with its cadre of leaders, will continue to be embraced and available through future class offerings through Luther. While the schedule of classes for 2018-19 is still being finalized, this partnership will strive to offer high quality learning opportunities to fit the needs and challenging schedules of worship leaders and church musicians.

The facilitator of these courses is Dawn Alitz, Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning. Together with the Board of Directors for The Center for Worship and Music Studies, and Jay Beech, Dawn looks forward to carrying the spirit of The Center into the future. We are thrilled that this partnership shares a common mission: to prepare musicians and others for planning and leading thoughtful and vibrant worship, to equip them to teach and mentor others, and to train and support them in guiding their communities in discerning their worship practices. Our work will continue to be rooted in the Lutheran tradition, valuing a broad ecumenical perspective.

The Center for Lifelong Learning at Luther has scheduled the Leadership and Management for Worship and Music course to take place April 18-20, and will work to expand worship and music offerings later in the year and beyond. If you wish to receive a Kairos 2018 catalog, register for a class, or need more information, please visit or call 651-641-3416.

We thank you for your interest or participation in The Center for Worship and Music Studies and encourage you to explore these new opportunities with Luther Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning.

Rev. Dawn Alitz, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning
Luther Seminary
2481 Como Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108

Rev. Dee Pederson. 
Chair, Board of Directors
The Center for Worship and Music Studies

Finale Music Notation Class

Create Beautiful Scores & Transpose Music

To learn more about this class including technical requirements, click here!

Saturday, March 18th, 2017 – 9:00-4:00 at the MN Church Center in Mpls (map)
Cost – $150 (includes lunch)

Last Chance for Register for Lay School in Fargo

There’s still time to register for Creating Worship Vitality in Any Setting this Saturday, March 4th, in Fargo. Jointly sponsored by the Eastern North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota Synods of the ELCA, Jay will teach this annual Lay School from 10:00-3:00. Cost is $50. Click here for more info or to register.

Playing Off the Page class coming up fast!

Don’t miss this chance to build some skills playing keyboard/piano from a lead sheet. Created for those with formal piano and organ training, teacher Martial Besombes will help ease you into the mysterious world of playing by ear. Join us Saturday, March 11th, at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, for Playing Off the Page: Basic Improvisational Keyboard Techniques. Registration cast of $150 includes lunch.

It’s Here! Worship 101

You have been waiting for it, now it is here! Worship 101. It is coming up soon, January 23-25, 2017. This is an opportunity to learn everything you wish you knew about worship with some awesome instructors: Kelly Chatman, Jay Beech, Christian Scharen, Elizabeth Damico and Chad Winterfeldt. You and your classmates are also an integral part of the learning process–the experience and gifts you bring to the table enrich us all. So, register today!


Children’s & Youth Choir Directors: How do you “channel” all that energy?



Coming up on February 11 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington you will have an opportunity to learn all about Channeling the Energy: Nurturing Children’s & Youth Choirs in Rehearsals & Worship with two seasoned and well-respected professionals in the field: Ann Schrooten and Julie Aune.

Developed together with the Twin Cities Chapter of the Choristers Guild, these two very gifted and experienced teachers will lead this broad survey course focused on these important elements:

  • Vocal Pedagogy for Children
  • Rehearsal Structure
  • Repertoire Resources
  • Conducting Suggestions & Tips
  • How to Include Children & Youth inWorship as Leaders of Congregational Song

Whether you have years of experience or are new to working with young voices, you will certainly benefit from this day spent learning and singing.

For more information and to register, click here.



If these events aren’t of direct interest to you, maybe they would be to someone else you know. Please feel free to forward this information to a friend or colleague. Have a great day!

Administrative Assistant Position Available Mid-July

We are looking for qualified applicants interested in filling our half-time Administrative Assistant position. Hours are flexible. It could be a great compliment for someone with a half-time position in a congregation. This individual will work in our office in Minneapolis and will be involved in all aspects of the organization. The position is available beginning July 11th, 2016.

If you or someone you know would be interesting in helping grow this exciting ministry, follow one of these links to download the job description in PDF or DOC format.

Thrivent Choice Dollars

Thrivent_Choice_logoWe are pleased to announce that The Center for Worship & Music Studies is now eligible to receive Thrivent Choice Dollars. If you are a Thrivent customer who has yet to allocate your Thrivent Choice Dollars, please consider designating The Center as recipient. Your contributions will help us continue training musicians and other worship planners for ministry in your congregations.

Leadership & Management 101 – NEW!

Agora Img-1Church work would be so much easier if you didn’t actually have to deal with people, wouldn’t it? (I suspect that God has had this same thought a time or two). However, working effectively with God’s people is essential to success in ministry. That requires skills that not all of us come by naturally.

In addition to several electives, our Certificate in Worship & Music Leadership includes two major core classes: Worship 101, and a class we are offering for first time, Leadership & Management 101. In this new class, eight outstanding and experienced teachers will present on topics  that are mostly “unmusical.” These are the areas where your musical skills and theological chops are of little help.

This three-day intensive at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, will cover these important topics:

Please join us April 18-20 and bring your leadership and management skills to the next level!

Learn more
Register here

Last class of the fall Saturday at Gustavus

Mary_PoPThere is still time to register for Leading Congregational Singing, our last class of the fall term. Join us from 9:00-4:00 this Saturday, November 21st, at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.

Teachers Mary Preus, Chad Winterfeldt, and Jay Beech will share values and techniques that are essential to good song leading with the voice, piano and organ, and a worship band.

This class fulfills one Skills Development elective in The Center’s certification program. Cost for the days is $150 and includes lunch. Hope to see you Saturday!

We did it!

gtmd-logoWe are so thankful to be able to announce today that we exceeded our goal yesterday. A total of $5,300 was received during the Give to the Max campaign. That means we will receive another $5,000 from our matching donors. Thanks be to God and to all of you who support this ministry in so many different ways.

Keyboard Improv & Worship 101 Classes

martialThis Saturday, November 7th, at Augsburg College we are offering a very innovative new class. It is called Playing Off the Page: Basic Improvisational Keyboard Techniques. If you have had traditional piano or organ technique, but would like to begin to learn how to play by ear or from a chord chart, this class is for you! The teacher, Martial Besombes, is a multi-talented musician who understands the importance of presenting this material in an accessible way. Limited space available.

Mark StenbergJay Beechelizabeth4_croppedChad WinterfeldtDonna PeñaWe are offering a three-day intensive version of Worship 101 next Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 9-11 at at Roseville Lutheran. This class will give you a very broad perspective on worship, and is one of the major core elements in our certificate program. There is still time to register!