We invite you to listen to this beautiful Bach piece
Suite for Violoncello Nr.1
BWV 1007 "Prelude"
performed by Erik Akers on electric bass.
LMLC Choir has some joyful Easter season music to share and much to celebrate! On May 7 we will say goodbye to our first Vocal Student Scholarship recipient, beloved VT grad Jillian Donahue and also welcome Radford student Ryan Bennett , our 2023-24 Scholarship recipient, combining their voices to present a stunning Renaissance anthem by William Byrd. Celebrate Mother's Day with us on May 14thand come back for Pentecost to hear trumpeter Jim Bean join us for the festivities! Choir will take a break for most of the summer, but will get together once or twice for a summer anthem - all are welcome to join for rehearsal and service, dates TBD! Choir will resume in full swing at the end of August, but in the meantime please come this summer to hear our wonderful in-house musicians present anthems, including another Youth-led music Sunday on August 20th! If you have any questions or would like to join the fun, please email Amy! 🎶
Jillian Donahue is a graduate student in Music Education at Virginia Tech, where she studied with Brian Thorsett. She hails from Leesburg, Virginia and will graduate this coming May. She plans to teach middle or high school after graduation, and any school will be lucky to have her! In addition to her fine teaching, Jillian is an accomplished mezzo-soprano, performing with the VT Chamber Singers, the Blacksburg Community Strings, the Radford University Opera, and in various opera workshops and recitals. Jillian says, "I am excited to continue to connect with my faith through music after singing in my hometown worship team through middle and high school." Her beautiful voice and spirit will be most welcome this year at LMLC, as the first ever Luther Memorial Student Vocalist!
Amy Cowan graduated with a B.M. in Voice from Rice University, then an M.M. in Opera Performance from The Longy School of Music in Massachusetts. In 2008, she earned a Certification in Kodaly Methodology from the prestigious program at Holy Names University in Oakland, where she studied solfege and music theory with Erzebet Hegyi, and choral conducting with Judith Hartyanyi. She has almost twenty years of experience teaching and has held positions with San Francisco Arts Education Project, Vivace Youth Chorus of San Jose, Coastal Repertory Theatre, and Seacrest School, among many others. In addition to maintaining a private voice studio for many years both in Blacksburg and in California, Amy is an adjunct Voice Instructor at Virginia Tech and has taught courses in Diction and Music Appreciation, and regularly substitutes for the Voice faculty there. Her long history with Lutherans began back in the Lutheran Summer Music programs she attended each year as a young high school singer, and then as a professional soloist with church choirs consistently throughout university and graduate school. She then directed the music at Coastside Lutheran Church, an ELCA congregation in California, for ten years before moving to Blacksburg with her family. Though primarily a teacher, Amy's favorite roles as a singer include Maria in The Sound of Music, Sister Mary Amnesia in Nunsense, and her very first professional role at age 17, as the First Spirit in Houston Grand Opera's version of The Magic Flute. She has also given many recitals in Texas and California, and performed professionally with Mercury Baroque and Victoria Bach Festival before turning her focus to teaching and family. Amy lives in Blacksburg with her husband and two children, and recently became a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, which informs her work with singers each and every day. She is happy to be part of the LMLC community and ministry!
Jay Crone is Principal Trombone of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Opera Roanoke, the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Asia, South America and appeared at regional conferences and workshops in the United States, including the American Trombone Workshop, Tromblowin’, and the Southeast Regional Horn and Tuba/Euphonium Workshops. He joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1994, where he currently teaches trombone, euphonium, tuba, and Listening
in the Digital Age, a new approach to music appreciation geared towards the general student. Crone has also been a collaborative pianist in
recitals throughout the United States, including performances with
former members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra and current members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Florida Orchestra, among others. Crone holds degrees from
the University of Southern California, Yale University, and California
State University at Fresno.
This beautiful bench was placed on the Virginia Tech golf course in November 2020 in loving memory of our member, avid golfer and 30-year choir director,
by Glen I. Earthman
The organ committee went about their work very studiously, examining all of the literature that was presented by the various companies that responded to our request. Discussions were held by the committee members about the needs of the church for an organ. All of this was in
preparation for the serious examination of proposals in response to our RFP. The responses to the RFP took the form of a representative of the organ company explaining the benefits of their organ plus a recording of the sound of an organ their company manufactures. Read more...
by Deacon Jane Elliott
When we began serving at Luther Memorial in 1981, there was already interest in a new organ. In 1983 this dream began becoming reality. A dream was beginning for a musical instrument to lead worship well by supporting and leading congregational singing, music of the liturgy, and accompanying choirs and soloists with pleasing and diverse musical tonal qualities. It was a dream to enhance the expanding music program and varied worship life of the congregation. Read more...
By Gail King, Former Organist
The Luther Memorial Choir is an enthusiastic group of singers who enrich worship and support one another in singing and fellowship. The choir has no membership requirements except a desire to praise God in song. Over
the years it has been blessed by the voices of Virgina Tech student members as well as long-time members of Luther Memorial. The choir has weekly rehearsals and special rehearsals as needed. Read more...
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