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Liturgy Conference Conference Haitus

We are taking a one year haitus for the purpose of re-tooling, perhaps re-shaping, and most certainly, re-energizing this important and valuable conference.  We’ve initiated an evaluation process that will look at many things including what kinds of topics will serve as themes, and  what time of year might best enable participation for the conference.  We’ll consider many facets in that process, and are soliciting input from past participants.

As a result, this coming year we are temporarily putting the conference on hold, meaning that there will be no conference in January of 2016.

While this may be disappointing to some (and to us!) it in no way demonstrates a diminished value – in fact, quite the opposite.  We’re confident that when we resume,  it will be even better! 

Look for a revitalized conference in 2017!


Paul ManzThe 11th Annual Bach Tage at Mount Olive
3045 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis MN
June 3/4, 2017

Kathy Romey, conductor

     Bach Tage begins its second decade. Eleven years ago, a group of musicians and lovers of Bach's music gathered at Mount Olive, Minneapolis, for a unique conference combining learning and performance. Over a weekend, they studied, rehearsed, and performed a Bach cantata, with professional soloists and orchestra.

     The goals of Bach Tage remain essentially the same. During these two very full days, participants acquire new skills for rehearsing, deepen their understanding of Bach's music and theology, are challenged to be better musicians, and make lasting friendships. Expect the same experiences for yourself as we enter the second decade of this unique conference devoted to Bach and his music.


Saturday June 3, 2017, 4:00 pm
All-Bach Recital by Dr. James Bobb

This is the final event celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Mount Olive's Schlicker Organ.


Sunday June 4, 2017, 4:00 pm
Evening Prayer with Bach's Cantatas #6 and #68:
Bleib bei uns, denn is will Abend weden! (Stay with us, Lord, for Evening is Falling!)


Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt (For God has so Loved the World)

Presented by Bach Tage participants, soloists, and orchestra, Kathy Romey, conductor

Singers (and listeners) from everywhere and of any age gather annually in June to explore, rehearse, hear and learn about the music of Lutheranism’s greatest composer: Johann Sebastian Bach. All are welcome.

Bach Tage is made possible annually through grants from The Mount Olive Lutheran Church Foundation.

The Sheraton Midtown Hotel stands two blocks north of Mount Olive. For overnight accomodations there, please call 866.837.4196. Individuls must reference Mount Olive Lutheran Church to receive the special group rate for this event.

For additional information on conferences, contact us.


50 Years of Musical Grace, October 2016

Mount Olive Celebrates 50 years since the installation of the Schlicker Organ

On October 2 of 1966, the first of two dedicatory recitals was held at Mount Olive Lutheran Church for the newly installed 55-rank Schlicker Organ. At the console was Dr. Paul O Manz, who, together with Hermann Schlicker, had designed, installed, and voiced this marvelous instrument. Its main purpose was to lead the singing congregation, as well as be a voice for the imaginations of the parish’s Cantors: Paul Manz (Cantor from 1946-1983), Mark Sedio (Cantor from 1983-2000), and David Cherwien (since 2001).

The instrument has preach and given voice to countless assemblies in celebrations of the Holy Eucharist, celebrations of marriage, requiem Eucharists, recitals, and many, many hymn festivals. In addition, its sounds have inspired and generated perhaps hundreds of publications and recordings of the music of all three cantors helping spark interest and vibrancy in congregational song around the world.

In October of 2016, Mount Olive will release a recording of congregational song and host two events, offering gratitude for the vital ministry inspired by this instrument.

Sunday, October 2, 2016 – 4:00 pm
Recital, organist, Dr. John Schwandt,
Reprising the literature of first dedicatory recital offered by Dr. Manz, Dr. John Schwandt, one of the earliest recipients of the Manz Scholarship, is now Associate Professor and Director of the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma School of Music. Included in the program will be works by J.S. Bach, Cesar Franck, Paul O. Manz and Flor Peeters.


Friday, October 28 – Saturday, October 29
Manz Tage – a two day seminar, celebrating the ministry of Paul O. Manz

Friday, October 28, 2016
5:36 pm. Memorial Evening prayer, at the anniversary date and hour of the death of Paul Manz.

8:00 pm Hymn Festival: Living Word – God’s People in Song
Cantor David Cherwien, organ
National Lutheran Choir

Saturday, October 29, 2016

9:00 am Morning Prayer
9:45 – 4:00 Seminar and Workshops
Paul Westermeyer: Music in the Service of the Gospel
Daniel Schwandt: Improvisation
Lynn Dobson: Organ Design
Barry Bobb: Center for Church Music; Manz Archives
David Cherwien: Symbolism in Church Music, Bach and Manz
Victor Gebauer: Help Me To Sing God’s Praises High -- Why Manz Still Matters
Susan Cherwien: For Glory and For Beauty: Poetry in the Service of God.

4:30 Festival Evening Prayer
Cantor David Cherwien, Organ
Mount Olive Cantorei

5:30 Celebration Reception


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