Summer 2017 Music Clinics

Augsburg Fortress looks forward to seeing you at one of our six FREE Summer 2017 Music Clinics! Read through new seasonal music, attend workshops led by clinicians David Cherwien and Mark Sedio, participate in a hymn festival, and more.

Registration now available!

JULY 17-18
Roseville Lutheran Church
1215 Roselawn Avenue W
Roseville, MN 55113
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JULY 21-22
St Paul’s Lutheran Church
1715 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
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Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church
205 N Prospect Ave
Park Ridge, IL 60068
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St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
415 E Athens Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
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Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
5475 Brand Rd
Dublin, OH 43017
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AUGUST 11-12
Trinity Lutheran Church
6215 196th Street SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036
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Join Us!

This summer, join hundreds of other church musicians in exploring fresh and innovative ways to enliven music in worship. Summer Music Clinics are designed for everyone involved in creating and planning music for worship. Clinicians David Cherwien and Mark Sedio lead a variety of workshops, including “The With One Voice Effect” (Cherwien) and “Semper Reformanda” (Sedio), along with choral, keyboard, children’s, and handbell reading sessions. Connect with other church musicians while previewing new seasonal music, discover ways to observe the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation with new resources for music and worship, and join other musicians and the community for a hymn festival. As we did in 2016, we will reprise Day One workshops on Day Two. Attend the one you missed, or repeat the same one again!

Augsburg Fortress music featured in the reading sessions is offered to clinic participants at a 15% discount with free shipping! As always, Prelude Music Planner subscribers receive a 20% discount on Augsburg Fortress music.


Day One

8:30-9:00 Check-in and Registration
9:00-11:00 Handbells (see list of Handbell Clinicians)
11:15-12:15 Children’s Music Repertoire (Sedio)
12:15-1:30 Lunch on your own
1:30-3:00 Keyboard Repertoire (Cherwien and Sedio
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:30 Workshop A: Semper Reformanda (Sedio)
4:30-5:45 Workshop B: The With One Voice Effect (Cherwien)
5:45-7:00 Dinner on your own
7:00 Hymn Festival (Cherwien and Sedio)

Day Two

8:30-9:00 Check-in or Registration
9:00-10:15 Workshop: Cherwien and Sedio workshops integrated and expanded from Day One
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00 Choral Session I (Cherwien and Sedio)
12:00-1:30 Lunch on your own
1:30-3:00 Choral Session II (Cherwien and Sedio)


Semper Reformanda – Mark Sedio

One of the great accomplishments of the Reformation was to put the song of the Gospel as well as liturgical music back in the mouths of the people. Along with this development, people needed songs to sing – the virtual explosion of hymnody – another great feature of the Reformation. But it doesn’t stop there. The Reformation continues as we experience the dissemination of new worship materials by means of the internet (much like the printing press of the 16th century) and the publication of hymns, songs, spiritual songs from all over the world. The workshop focuses on ways to use (and adapt) these new materials in your own congregational setting.

The With One Voice Effect – David Cherwien

An important lesson was learned at the introduction of With One Voice and other hymnal supplements in the 90’s. What is the key to helping our people accept new music? Especially now when so many new things are so easily available? What helps our congregations sing better in that process?


David Cherwien

David Cherwien is well known throughout the country as church musician, conductor, organist, composer and workshop/worship leader. He has a special passion for congregational song, and maintains a busy travel schedule presenting hymn festivals in many parts of the country each year. He is the third person to be called as Cantor at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, a congregation known for its liturgical worship and love of hymnody (Mark Sedio and Paul Manz are Cherwien’s predecessor’s with the same title). In 2002 he was appointed Music Director for the National Lutheran Choir, a 60 voice professional choir also based in the Twin Cities. Dr. Cherwien holds graduate and under graduate degrees in organ performance, theory/composition, and music education (choral) from the University of Minnesota and Augsburg College. He has also studied organ, composition and conducting in Europe (at the Berlin Church Music School, and in Aix-en-Provence, France), and is a Fellow of Melodious Accord, studying with Alice Parker. Cherwien has over 100 published works for choir and organ with nine publishers, several CD’s, and is author of “Let the People Sing”, a practical guide for creative congregational song leadership published by Concordia Publishing House. He is past president of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and in October 2000 was named distinguished alumni of Augsburg College, Minneapolis.

Mark Sedio

Mark Sedio has served as Cantor at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis since 2000. Prior to his appointment at Central he was Cantor at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis where he succeeded noted American organist Paul Manz in 1984.

Sedio holds the Bachelor of Arts degree from Augsburg College (Minneapolis) and a Master of Arts degree in choral conducting and literature from the University of Iowa (Iowa City). He also pursued studies in the Master of Divinity program at Luther Seminary as well as in the Master of Arts program in Liturgical Studies at St. John’s University, Collegeville. From 1985-2008 he served on the music staff of Luther Seminary. In 2009 he was honored by the Luther faculty with the title Musician Emeritus. He has also served in adjunct faculty positions at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter (MN) and Augsburg College in Minneapolis and is currently filling a two-year appointment as conductor of the Augsburg Choir.

Sedio is an active recitalist, clinician, conductor and composer. He has presented hymn festivals, recitals and music workshops around the United States as well as in Canada and Europe. Over 125 of his compositions for choir, organ, piano, solo voice and instrumental ensembles are published by AMSI, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, Abingdon Press, Choristers Guild, Concordia Publishing House, MorningStar Music Publishers, and Selah Music Publishers. His hymns and psalm settings have been included in several denominational hymnals and hymnal supplements. Other publications include articles on liturgy and church music, multi-cultural music and worship aids, children in worship, vacation Bible school curricula and multi-cultural music.

A charter member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, Sedio served on the organization’s founding board and was elected its first Director for Ecclesiastical Concerns. He has also held positions in the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is active in the American Composers Forum, the American Choral Directors Association and the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada.

A linguist enthusiast, Sedio has studied German, Spanish, French, Slovak, Polish, Norwegian, Latin, New Testament Greek, Biblical Hebrew and Finnish.


Twin Cities: Mary Yerks

Columbia: Ed Tomkins

Chicago: Linda Schmidt

Philadelphia: Martha Alford

Columbus: Janet van Valey

Seattle: Shirley Lindberg