2013 Tour in Germany
In 2013, the American and German singers returned to Schloss Mansfeld to live and rehearse for ten days together at the end of July. They took the worship service “Evening Prayer for Peace,” composed by the choir’s Founding Conductor, Philip Spencer, augmented with other American sacred choral music from the 18th through the 21 centuries, to churches in Spandau, Erfurt, Eisenach, Kloster Mansfeld, and the historic Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church in the center of Berlin. The choir also partnered in concert with an adult gospel choir in Eisenach, and sang at a senior citizen residence in Mansfeld. The students also toured a number of historic Bach and Luther sites, including the Wartburg Castle, St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, the Bach House in Eisenach, as well as a WWII work camp and the Reichstag, the home of the German parliament, in Berlin. Below are photos from our tour from 2013………………….
2012 Tour in Chicago and Midwest
In 2012, the Lutheran Youth Choir performed sacred music from throughout the world in the Chicagoland and Quad Cities areas of Illinois and Iowa as part of its 2012 Festival of Global Vocal Music. This included singing in seven different world languages and the use of some global percussion instruments. In addition, the choir hosted a Gospel Music Workshop led by Dr. Keith Hampton, noted Chicago composer and conductor.
2011 Tour in Germany
In the summer of 2011, we stayed for one week in a restored medieval castle near Eisleben, Germany, learning and performing a variety of American sacred and secular vocal music together with German students.
The choir is pleased to announce that it has released an audio recording of their tour to Germany. It is available from www.tuneswoon.com, album #1588. The CD, LYCNA 2011: CELEBRATE!, was recorded live at Stadtkirche, Lutherstadt-Wittenberg.
2008 Tour in Germany
In July 2008, the Lutheran Youth Choir sang twice in the Chicago area (Evanston and Glen Ellyn) before traveling to Germany for its nine-day tour of Berlin, Eisleben, Wittenberg, Eisenach, Munich, and Heidelberg. The choir sang a new Evening Prayer for Peace service in German and English, composed by its director, for host congregations, as well as visiting several historic Luther and Bach sites.