06/10/2023 all-day
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
909 W 33rd Street
Sioux Falls SD 57105
$50 ($25 full-time students)
Gene LeVasseur

Hearts • Hands • Voices in Sioux Falls, SD

Come to Our Savior’s Lutheran in Sioux Falls, SD for an uplifting and fruitful day of learning about church music. Registrants will enjoy building connections, sharing best practices, finding new music, cherishing favorites, and learning from some regional and national experts in the field of church music.


8:30am-9:00am – Meet and greet with refreshments
9:00am-9:15am – Morning Prayer
9:15am-10:15am – Building Beautiful Voices
10:30am-11:30am – Introducing New and Living Organ Composers OR Handbell Technique Tune-up (offered simultaneously)
11:30am-Noon – Lunch (provided)
Noon-1:00pm – Choral Reading Session: Proven Winners and New Accessible Favorites
1:10pm-1:55pm – Introducing New and Living Organ Composers OR New Handbell Music for More or Less (offered simultaneously)
2:00pm-2:45pm – Conducting Beautiful Voices
2:45pm-3:00pm – Evening Prayer


Building Beautiful Voices – In this workshop participants will work with Paul Nesheim to learn about using vocal warmups to teach vocal technique.

Conducting Beautiful Voices – In this workshop participants will work with Paul Nesheim to explore gesture and music expression through hands-on learning.

Organ Sessions with Christopher Larson – Introducing New and Living Organ Composers (repeated)

Handbell Sessions with Cathy Moklebust – Technique Tune-up AND New Handbell Music for More or Less


Dr. Paul Nesheim is Choral Director and Professor of Music at Augustana University where he conducts the Augustana Choir and Chamber Choir, and teaches courses in choral conducting, choral methods, voice, and church music. He also serves as the director of the Adult Choir and Women’s Choir at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.

Dr. Christopher Larson is an Instructor in Theatre at the University of South Dakota where he teaches voice lessons, coaches musical theatre students, and directs musicals. He is also the Principal Organist at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education and Master’s degrees in Choral Conducting and Collaborative Piano from the University of South Dakota.

Cathy Moklebust has developed and directed handbell music programs since 1983, and has played bells since childhood. With her dynamic, positive approach and skilled conducting, she is in national demand as a handbell clinician and festival conductor. As one of today’s most popular handbell music composers, she has written over 450 compositions and arrangements, many of them reaching bestseller status.