Vita - born Cincinnati, Ohio, March 28, 1940

EDUCATION

University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, PhD, Church History, 1978; MA, Church History, 1974


School of Sacred Music, Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York, SMM, Conducting, 1966


Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, BD, 1965


Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois, BA, Music, 1962


Schola Cantorum, Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, Summer, 1966


Liturgical Studies, Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana, Summer, 1969


Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois, Summer, 1983, Clinical Pastoral Experience

POSITIONS

Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, Professor of Church Music, Cantor, Director of the MSM degree with St. Olaf College, Northfield,  Minnesota, 1990-2013


St. Olaf College, Visiting Professor of Church Music, from 1991-2013


Yale University, Institute of Sacred Music, New Haven, Connecticut, Visiting Professor of Church Music, fall semester, 1989-1990


Ascension Lutheran Church, Riverside, Illinois, Cantor, 1982-1990, Assistant Pastor, 1986-1990, ordained, February 2, 1986


Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois, Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor of Music, 1968-1990; Director, Elmhurst College Choir and Elmhurst Choral Union-Park District Chorus, 1973-1990; College Organist, 1968-1989; Music Department and Preparatory Music Department Chairperson, 1978-1990


Grace Lutheran Church, Villa Park, Illinois, Choirmaster, 1971-1982


The Church of Our Saviour (Episcopal), Elmhurst, Illinois, Choirmaster-Organist, 1969-1971


St. Luke Lutheran Church, Silver Spring, Maryland, Choirmaster-Organist, 1966-1968


Calvary Lutheran Church, Leonia, New Jersey, Choirmaster-Organist, 1965-1966


St. John's Episcopal Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Choirmaster-Organist, 1962-1965


Zion United Church of Christ, Chicago, Illinois, Choirmaster-Organist, 1961-1962


Bethel United Church of Christ, Elmhurst, Illinois, Choirmaster, 1958-1961 

APPLIED MUSICAL STUDY

Violin with Ronald Koneiczka


Organ with John Weissrock, James Case, Frank McConnell, Reginald Lunt, Edward Linzel, Alec Wyton, Catharine Crozier, Charles Dodsley Walker


Piano with Helen Kettner


Voice with Gene Hines, Viola Repp, John Parella


Conducting with Earl Berg, Abraham Kaplan, Thomas Dunn, Robert Bergt, workshops with Robert Shaw, Julius Herford, Elaine Brown


PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Books

The Church Musician (Harper & Row, 1988), ISBN 0-06-069331-2; second revised edition (Augsburg Fortress, 1997), ISBN 0-8066-3399-9

Church Music in the United States, 1760-1901, with David Music (MorningStar, 2014), ISBN 978-0-944529-63-8

Church Musicians: Reflections on Their Call, Craft, History, and Challenges ​(MorningStar, 2015),ISBN 978-0-0-944529-68-3. 

The Heart of the Matter: Church Music as Praise, Prayer, Proclamation, Story, and Gift (GIA, 2001), ISBN 1-57999-151-3

A High and Holy Calling: Essays of Encouragement for the Church and Its Musicians (MorningStar, 2018), ISBN 978-0-944529-77-5. 

Hymnal Companion to Evangelical Lutheran Worship (Augsburg Fortress, 2010), ISBN 978-0-8066-5394-5

Hymns of Lent (Augsburg Fortress, 2003), 0-8066-4679-9

Let Justice Sing: Hymnody and Justice (The Liturgical Press, 1998), ISBN 0-8146-2505-3

Let the People Sing: Hymn Tunes in Perspective (GIA, 2005), ISBN 1-57999-353-2

Rise, O Church: Reflections on the Church, Its Music, and Empire (MorningStar, 2008), ISBN 978-0-944529-46-1

Te Deum: The Church and Music (Fortress, 2008), ISBN 0-8006-3146-3

With Tongues of Fire: Profiles in 20th Century Hymn Writing (CPH, 1995), ISBN 0-570-01349-6

Articles, reviews, forums, workshops, and lectures in many periodicals and at many churches, schools, and conferences

CONDUCTING

Longer works of J. S. Bach, Britten, Bruckner, Charpentier, Distler, Fauré, Fetler, Handel, Haydn, Holst, Mendelssohn, Moe, Mozart, Rutter, Schütz, Stravinsky, and Vivaldi; shorter works from Western and non-Western sources, Renaissance to the present

PRIZES, AWARDS, HONORS, OFFICES

Christus Victor Award, The Institute of Liturgical Studies, 2016


​Association for Reformed and Liturgical Worship, Board Member from 2015


Church Music Institute, Board Member from 2012


Center for Church Music, Board Member from 2013


Dean, Twin Cities Chapter (Minnesota), American Guild of Organists, from 2014


Jubilate Deo Award, National Association of Pastoral Musicians, July 17, 2014


Soli Deo Gloria citation, National Lutheran Choir, 2013


Gold Pen Award, MetroLutheran, 2009


Faithful Servant Award, The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, 2009


Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, 2004


President, Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, 1998-2000


National Chaplain, American Guild of Organists, 1991-1998


Editor, The Hymn, 1985-1990


Elmhurst College Faculty Member of the Year, 1974-1975


Schaff Prize in Church History, Lancaster Seminary, 1965


MEMBERSHIPS, Past and Present


American Guild of Organists


​​Association for Reformed and Liturgical Worship  


Association of Lutheran Church Musicians


Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ordained February 2, 1986


Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society


Hymn Society in the United States and Canada


Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland


Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Hymnologie


The Liturgical Conference


Mercersburg Society


​North American Academy of Liturgy