The Recital has been postponed until Fall 2020



5th Anniversary of the Martin Ott Pipe Organ Recital

Steven Wente teaches applied organ, music history and church music. In addition, he serves as department chair and coordinator for the graduate music programs. Among his research interests are organ music from the baroque period and the role of music in the liturgy. He also is cantor at First Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Chicago, where he shares music leadership with his daughter, Margaret Danilovich.

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.

Steven keeps an active schedule as a teacher, workshop leader and organ recitalist.  He has taught in the American Guild of Organists Pipe Organ Encounters. He has served on committees for the local American Guild of Organists chapters and was on the national board of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. He has presented at the Institutes on Liturgy, Preaching, and Church Music and at conferences of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. As an organ recitalist, he has played in numerous locations throughout the United States, including national conferences of the ALCM.

He has written settings of hymns and organ preludes for Hymnal Supplement 98 (CPH), Lutheran Service Book, the Concordia Hymn Prelude Series, and the Concordia Organ Prelude Library. He has contributed to Grace Notes (ALCM), Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly, Key Words in Church Music, and Thine the Praise: Essays on Lutheran Church Music in honor of Carl Schalk. He and his wife Susan have two adult children, both of whom are active as organists for local Lutheran congregations.