06/16/2018 all-day
First Lutheran Church
1019 West Fifth Street
$45.00 ($20 full-time students)
Brian Wentzel

Online registration for this event is closed. Walk-ins are still welcome!


Spend the day in First Lutheran’s brand new building connecting with colleagues and refreshing your skills. Zebulon Highben will lead a session on “Grand Anthems for Small Choirs.” Brian Wentzel will model leading congregational song from the piano. And Linda Kempke and Luke Rinderknecht will teach methods for leading global music, including hands-on instruction with percussion instruments.



Registration at 8:30; program runs from 9:00-3:15. Lunch is included.


Dr. Zebulon M. Highben is an award-winning composer, conductor, and educator. He is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. (http://www.zebulonhighben.com)

Linda Kempke is a retired deacon in the ELCA, having served as a parish musician. A former public school music teacher, Linda holds degrees from the Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory of Music, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH, and studied historical performance (organ) at the Oberlin Conservatory.

Luke Rinderknecht is a percussionist based in Cleveland, where he performs with numerous ensembles. He received a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he was awarded the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. Luke is on the faculty of the Bowdoin International Music Festival, where he performs and teaches every summer.

Brian Wentzel is an organist, singer, composer, and writer. He is currently Director of Music at First Lutheran Church, Lorain, OH. (http://www.firstlutheranlorain.org/about/staff/brian)