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Lutheran Summer Music Academy
The Rev. Wayne Weissenbuehler Returns as Chaplain for 2012

Megan Hasche
Lutheran Music Program Administrative and Communications Assistant  


Rev. Wayne Weissenbuehler, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Burlington, Iowa, will serve as the 2012 Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Endowed Chaplain Chair at the 31st annual Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival (LSM) from June 24 to July 22, 2012, on the campus of Luther College in Decorah, IA. This will mark Weissenbuehler’s fourth summer with the program in the past six years. Rev. Weissenbuehler is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a retired bishop (Rocky Mountain Synod, Colorado). He was formerly on the faculty of Wartburg Seminary in Iowa.


Worship is central to life at the academy, and Weissenbuehler will lead the community in daily services to include Morning Prayer, Evening Vespers, Compline, Holden Evening Prayer, a Bach Cantata worship service, Sunday Eucharist, the LSM Hymn Festival, as well as devotions with students in their dormitory setting.


Regarding his experience with LSM, Weissenbuehler expresses, “Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival is without a doubt the best program and experience for high school musicians who want to combine the best in music instruction, personal and ensemble performance with a deepening and growing personal faith and a lively participation in the church. The teachers and staff are committed, caring, and very talented and the young people experience wide variety of experiences in music along with a lively social life with other teens who share their values and love for music. I just finished my third time as chaplain and believe me it is a hoot!”


LSM 2012 Artistic Leadership

The cornerstone of LSM’s musical excellence is its faculty artists. More than 30 renowned collegiate music faculty and professional performers comprise the LSM artistic team. Joining Weissenbuehler are:

Dr. Christopher Aspaas, St. Olaf choir conductor and artistic director of the Twin-Cities based Magnum Chorum, returns as the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Concert Choir Chair, a position he last held in 2010.

Dr. Jeffrey Doebler, director of music education and bands at Valparaiso University, returns as the band conductor for the fourth consecutive year.

Zebulon Highben, doctoral candidate at Michigan State University, celebrated church musician, and composer, will serve as the Paul Bouman Chapel Choir Conductor, a post he has held for eight years.

Dr. Spencer Martin, professor and conductor at Luther College, will make his first appearance as orchestra conductor. Martin has held positions of viola instructor and senior faculty advisor for LSM since 2002.


Partnership Renewed with Luther College

Luther College – a liberal arts college nestled in the beautiful bluffs region of Northeastern Iowa – will once again host the program. The college features exceptional music facilities, including the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, the 325-seat Noble Recital Hall, three rehearsal halls, an organ studio, percussion studio, piano lab, 36 practice rooms, and the 1,600-seat Center for Faith and Life, an acoustically designed concert and worship space.

LSM Overview

Since 1982, LSM has fostered musical excellence in a caring community for high school band, orchestra, choir, piano, and organ students of all faith backgrounds. More than 150 high school students from across the country will attend the four-week residential training and performance program. Open to students of all faiths, but centered in Lutheran music and liturgical traditions, LSM encourages students to use music as a catalyst for the exploration of personal faith and creativity.


Selected through a competitive application and audition process, students at LSM participate in a comprehensive curriculum that includes individual instrument lessons; a chamber ensemble; musicianship classes; symphony orchestra, band, and/or choir; and may also include electives like Introduction to Pipe Organ, Chapel Choir, beginning and advanced handbell choirs, and Church Music.


LSM students are served by a roster of 34 faculty artists –esteemed practicing professional musicians and academicians from throughout the United States. For a complete list of faculty along with biographies, visit the LSM Summer Academy section located at www.lutheransummermusic.org. All faculty and staff live in residence on the host campus throughout the four-week program.


Once selected through an application and audition process, LSM students engage in a comprehensive and diverse program that includes individual instrument lessons; chamber ensembles; jazz and early music ensembles; musicianship classes; orchestra, choir, and/or band; electives ranging from church music history to handbell choirs and conducting; and a culminating Festival of performances. Applications for the 2012 academy are currently being accepted, and more than 80% of students receive financial assistance to attend the program.


For more information on Lutheran Music Program, the Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival, or the Young Musicians Partnership, visit www.lutheransummermusic.org or contact the organization’s national offices in Minneapolis at 888-635-6583 or by email at [email protected].

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