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David Cherwien, music director of the National Lutheran Choir, is a nationally known conductor, composer and organist. Recognized for his contributions to the field of church music and liturgy, he is in demand as a clinician and hymn festival leader across the country.
David serves as editor of the National Lutheran Choir Series of choral music published by Morningstar Music Publishers. He is a founding member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and has served in its leadership in a variety of capacities, including as National President from 1993 to 1997. He is a member of the American Choral Director's Association, American Guild of Organists, Chorus America and Choristers Guild.
In addition, David serves as Cantor at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, a parish known for its passion for creative high quality liturgy and music.
David holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance and the Master of Arts degree in Theory and Composition from the University of Minnesota. In the Fall of 2000, he was honored as a "Distinguished Alumnus" by Augsburg College, Minneapolis, where he studied choral music education and organ performance as an undergraduate. David also spent two years at the Berlin Church Music School studying conducting, composition and organ.
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Review: Hymn CDs are among our best sellers, and this one represents a Lutheran flavor of hymn singing and arrangements that is beautifully done. With varied arrangements by conductor and organis, David Cherwien, this large choir from Minnesota has produced a CD that is guaranteed to have you singing along with hymns like "Beautiful Savior," "A Mighty Fortress," and "Abide with me."
Review: Artistic Director David Cherwien, conductor, organist and pianist, leads the Minneapolis, MN-based National Lutheran Choir in this live, organ and piano-accompanied collection of 13 joyous hymns. We are clearly invited to sing this triumphant music along with the Choir, as the liner notes feature the lyrics of all the songs in unusually large type; with very little about the size, history or details about the Choir or Director Cherwein. It's all about the music, about the power and faith of this great American Choir. Some favorites are "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee," "Angels We Have Heard on High," "Down in the River to Pray," "Steal Away," "Standin' in the Need of Prayer," "When Peace Like A River" and "Holy God, We Praise Your Name." A quote on the back of the liner notes says in part, "Joyful music leads us sunward. In the triumph song of life. Stars and angels sing around thee, Center of unbroken praise" "Hymns We Love to Sing, Vol. II" is by a wonderful Choir that loves to sing joyous praises to God, and they invite us to join them!
Review: Founded in 1986 by Dr. Larry L. Fleming, and now directed by Dr. David Cherwien, the Minneapolis-based, mixed-voice NLC is comprised of professional choral musicians. "I Sing" is a limited edition CD, celebrating the Choir's 2003 West Coast Tour. Included are 9 songs, the spirituals "Ain'a That Good News" and "Tell 'em I'm Gone," the title tune, M.A. Blakireff's "Send Out Thy Light," Urmas Sisask's "Oremus," "Prayer for Peace" (by director Cherwein), Barber's "Lamb of God" and Tavener's "Song for Athene." Beautiful and inspirational.
Review: David Cherwien directs the NLC, 2007 winner of the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, through a program of popular French choral music, joined by organist Martin Jean of Yale.
Review: Minneapolis/St. Paul-based, world-renowned NLC brings us a bright, beautifully-wrapped Christmas gift, "This Night," their 10th excellent recording in the PAC library. This lovely collection of 18 songs, some lightly accompanied, of course includes standards like "Lo, How a Rose," "Angels We Have Heard on High," "Coventry Carol" and "Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head," but it's the lesser-known pieces that are a happy surprise. A wonderful pair by Conrad Susa, "O Bethlehem" and "On December's Frozen Ground," Mark Sedio's "Manger Carol," Johannes Eccard's "Over the Hills," David Cherwien's "Little Lamb," and Anne Kilstofte's "Children of Peace" are just a few of the songs that make "This Night" a very special recording, and a holiday favorite for years to come!
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