Chancel Choir Rehearsal on Thursday, January 26, 2023 is CANCELED! 

Organ Recital
Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 pm

Dr. Steven Wente, organist

Steven Wente is professor of music emeritus at Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Illinois, where he continues to teach applied organ and play in chapel. He also serves as cantor (music director) at First Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, the oldest Lutheran congregation in Chicago.

He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Concordia, River Forest, and the doctor of music degree in organ performance from Northwestern University. His organ teachers have included David J. Wilson, Herbert Gotsch, Robert Lodine, Richard Enright, and Wolfgang Rübsam.

As an organist he has performed in Chicago’s Symphony Center with the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest, and at the Meyerson Center in Dallas, TX.  He has performed on numerous recordings dating from 1990, most recently Pillars of Concordia: Hymns and Prayers by Concordia Composers. He was also organist for several recordings included in Celebrating the Musical Heritage of the Lutheran Church, produced by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. His interest in the organ and its literature led him to summer seminars in France and Switzerland, and at the McGill Organ Academy in Montreal, Canada, attending classes with Marie-Claire Alain, Guy Bovet, Jan Overduin, and Carole Terry.

Steven keeps an active schedule as a teacher, workshop leader and organ recitalist.  He has taught in the Pipe Organ Encounters (POE) of the American Guild of Organists. He currently serves on the board for the Fox Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and was on the national board of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM). He has presented at the Institutes on Liturgy, Preaching, and Church Music (LCMS) and at conferences of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. He has performed in numerous locations throughout the United States, and in the Luther and Bach areas of Germany.

As an active organist and church musician, he has written organ preludes and settings of hymns for Hymnal Supplement 98 (CPH), Lutheran Service Book, the Concordia Hymn Prelude Series, and the recently released Concordia Organ Prelude Library. He has contributed articles to Grace Notes (ALCM), Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly, Key Words in Church Music, Thine the Praise: Essays on Lutheran Church Music in Honor of Carl Schalk, Lutheran Forum, Lutheran Quarterly, and the recent Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation.

Organ Recital
Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 pm

Dr. Steven Wente, organist

Steven Wente is professor of music emeritus at Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Illinois, where he continues to teach applied organ and play in chapel. He also serves as cantor (music director) at First Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, the oldest Lutheran congregation in Chicago.

He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Concordia, River Forest, and the doctor of music degree in organ performance from Northwestern University. His organ teachers have included David J. Wilson, Herbert Gotsch, Robert Lodine, Richard Enright, and Wolfgang Rübsam.

As an organist he has performed in Chicago’s Symphony Center with the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest, and at the Meyerson Center in Dallas, TX.  He has performed on numerous recordings dating from 1990, most recently Pillars of Concordia: Hymns and Prayers by Concordia Composers. He was also organist for several recordings included in Celebrating the Musical Heritage of the Lutheran Church, produced by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. His interest in the organ and its literature led him to summer seminars in France and Switzerland, and at the McGill Organ Academy in Montreal, Canada, attending classes with Marie-Claire Alain, Guy Bovet, Jan Overduin, and Carole Terry.

Steven keeps an active schedule as a teacher, workshop leader and organ recitalist.  He has taught in the Pipe Organ Encounters (POE) of the American Guild of Organists. He currently serves on the board for the Fox Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and was on the national board of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM). He has presented at the Institutes on Liturgy, Preaching, and Church Music (LCMS) and at conferences of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. He has performed in numerous locations throughout the United States, and in the Luther and Bach areas of Germany.

As an active organist and church musician, he has written organ preludes and settings of hymns for Hymnal Supplement 98 (CPH), Lutheran Service Book, the Concordia Hymn Prelude Series, and the recently released Concordia Organ Prelude Library. He has contributed articles to Grace Notes (ALCM), Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly, Key Words in Church Music, Thine the Praise: Essays on Lutheran Church Music in Honor of Carl Schalk, Lutheran Forum, Lutheran Quarterly, and the recent Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation.