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CHAPTER EVENT: Mostly Manz Festival

November 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


The November AGO event celebrates the contributions of Paul Manz (1919–2009) and others to church music. Through his many hymn festivals and his many hymn improvisations, Paul Manz revitalized hymn singing and set a path that many current organists have followed.

The Manz manuscripts and recordings are housed in the Center for Church Music at Concordia University Chicago, in River Forest. The Center is both an archive and locus for the encouragement of the current and the next generation of church musicians. Currently, the Center holds the compositions of composers such as Manz, Carl Schalk, Richard Hillert, Donald Busarow, Walter Pelz, and Paul Bouman. It has published a number of monographs on church music. While primarily focusing on Lutheran church composers and activities, the Center strives to encourage all church musicians in our vocations.

The November 10 event will include

  • 2:00 PM open viewing of the resources of the Center.
  • 3:00 PM brief presentation on the Center and its activities by Dr. Barry Bobb, the director of the Center.
  • 4:00 PM hymn festival of Paul Manz’s music in Concordia’s chapel, featuring several local organists, the Concordia University Kapelle (its touring choir) and brass, and commentary by Dr. Mark Bangert, professor of church music emeritus, the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Dr. Bangert worked with Paul Manz for many years, both at LSTC and at St. Luke in Chicago.

For more information about the Center for Church Music, https://www.cuchicago.edu/about-concordia/center-for-church-music/

Concordia University
Chapel of our Lord
7400 Augusta Street, River Forest, IL 60305

For directions to Concordia University Chicago: https://www.cuchicago.edu/info/campus-map/

Parking is available in the parking structure on the east side of campus.

Steven Wente, event host

HELP UP PROMOTE THIS EVENT:  you can download a copy of this poster / flyer by clicking HERE.


November 10, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Concordia University (Chapel of our Lord)
7400 Augusta Street
River Forest, 60305 United States
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Steven Wente