Grace Lutheran Church has a long tradition of music enriching the worship experience. Currently, Grace has two adult choirs, a handbell choir, a guitar ensemble, and two youth choirs to support our worship services. All are welcome to join.
The Grace Choir sings weekly at the 10:30 a.m. worship service and rehearses every Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. from September through May in the choir rehearsal room. The ensemble also sings at special services throughout the liturgical year to support and enhance the worship experience at Grace. High school students and adults are welcome to join for fellowship and worship through music. The Grace Choir is under the direction of Jon Arnold, Director of Music. For more information or if interested in joining, please contact Jon at Music@GraceLutheranCU.org.
8:00 a.m. Choir
The 8:00 a.m. Choir sings one Sunday of each month and rehearses on the prior Sunday morning after the 8:00 a.m. service in the sanctuary. This ensemble exists to continue the diverse worship experiences at Grace’s 8:00 a.m. service and is also called upon to join the Grace Choir for special services throughout the liturgical year. Jon Arnold, Director of Music, is the conductor of this ensemble. For more information or if interested in joining, please contact Jon at Music@GraceLutheranCU.org.
From September through May, the handbell choir meets on Monday evenings 7:00-8:00 p.m. and plays at both worship services one Sunday of the month. The ensemble is made up of ringers from middle school students through adults, plays hymn arrangements and works specifically composed for handbells, and is led by Jon Arnold, Director of Music. For more information or if interested in joining, please contact Jon at Music@GraceLutheranCU.org.
Year round the Guitar Ensemble leads congregational singing of hymns and liturgy at the 8am service, the first Sunday of each month. The group sets the rehearsal time and selects performance music. For more information or if interested in joining, please contact Claire Walworth Vail at ClaireWalworth@yahoo.com.
We have two children’s choirs at Grace that practice sing September to May:
- GLO (Grace Little Ones) is for K-5th grades, and is directed by Michelle Kozlowski.
- GPS (Grace Part Singers) is for 6th-High School, and is directed by Sara Anderson.
Both GLO and GPS practice on Sunday mornings from 10:10 to 10:25 a.m. Please contact Grace’s office at Office@GraceLutheranCU.org for more information.
Dana Robinson has been Grace’s organist for many years. He is associate professor of organ in the University of Illinois School of Music. A native of Boston, he has performed on some of the most significant modern and historic organs in the United States, and has presented recitals, master classes, and lectures throughout the country. He maintains an active schedule of teaching and performing, and he and his students can often be heard practicing or engaged in lessons throughout the week at Grace.
The Pedersen Memorial Organ at Grace is a 2-manual, 23-rank, 17-stop, tracker-action, Baroque-style instrument built in 1975 by Casavant Frères of St. Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada (Op. 3246)