Amy Cowan holds advanced degrees in Voice from Rice University
and the Longy School of Music, and a Certification in Kodaly Methodology from Holy Names University. She has taught music for nearly twenty years to singers of all ages, including children's choirs, church and school choirs, elementary music, and many musical theatre productions. Before relocating to Blacksburg, she spent ten years as the music director for Coastside Lutheran Church, an ELCA congregation in California.
Amy joined the VT faculty as an adjunct instructor in 2016, has always maintained a private voice studio, and recently became a Registered
Yoga Teacher. She loves living here in Blacksburg with her
husband Brian Thorsett, and their two children.
Our choir practices Wednesday evenings at 7 pm - all are welcome and no experience is necessary! If you would like more information or would like to sing with the choir, please email Amy Cowan at firstname.lastname@example.org. They are a wonderful, fun, and welcoming group!
Many thanks to Gail King who is serving as our Interim Worship Accompanist until further notice. Gail served for 30 years as the Organist/Worship Accompanist for Luther Memorial, and she has graciously come “out of retirement” to pitch in while we conduct our search for a permanent accompanist.
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...