Wartburg Theological Seminary (WTS) is pleased to have Mary Preus and Tom Witt join the WTS community for the Musicians in Residence program in mid-November. The Musicians in Residence program is modeled after the Minister in Residence program where a pastor or ordained leaders spends a week among the seminary community participating and contributing in the classroom. Mary and Tom, both recognized for their contributions to the church’s song, will spend some days on campus to support our worship in chapel, to contribute to the formation of leaders for congregations, and to interact in a variety of ways with the Wartburg community.
“In my experience, Mary and Tom have an amazing ability to get people singing and to help shape vibrant worshiping communities. They have been pioneers in introducing global song to our church. They’ve encouraged us to learn new songs and new ways of singing from all around the world. This is an extraordinary opportunity for the Wartburg community and for all who will join us ‘at the Castle’ during their residency.” Dr. Thomas H. Schattauer, Professor of Liturgics and Dean of the Chapel at Wartburg Seminary.
Besides working directly with students and faculty, Mary and Tom will be giving a participatory sing-along concert entitled “Songs of Faith, Home, and Justice from the Church Near and Far.” This concert will be Thursday, November 12, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in Loehe Chapel on the WTS campus and is open to the entire community. Please join Wartburg Seminary in the free event in singing with brothers and sisters from the church around the world — and from diverse communities here in the U.S. — songs, chants, and hymns that explore the connection between faith, justice, liberation, and community.
Tom Witt & Mary Preus, our Musicians in Residence for the Week, will also be leading us in sessions for both rostered leaders and congregational members at the WTS Come to the Castle event on Friday, November 13. This event will feature two 90-minutes sessions discussing “Leading the Assembly’s Song OR How the Least Confident of People Can Teach New Music to the Most Cynical of Congregations” and “Seven Streams of 21st Century Congregational Song.”
This event is part of Wartburg Seminary’s Come to the Castle event series that is open to the public. Registration is required for this event and can be done by going to www.wartburgseminary.edu. The cost of the event is $20 per person or $50 per group of five people and include both sessions and lunch. The registration deadline for this event is November 9.