For 82 years the Seminary Chorus has appeared regularly in WELS congregations to proclaim the Word of God in song and to represent the ministry of the seminary.
Membership in the chorus is open to all students, and the group rehearses three times each week. The choir presents an annual Christmas Concert, performed twice on the second Sunday in December to several thousand guests. A Graduation Concert is held the evening before the seminary’s graduation service in May. The choir regularly participates in worship at nearby congregations during the school year and conducts a concert tour every during the seminary’s mid-semester break or over the Easter vacation. The 2014 tour (March 21-30) takes the choir to congregations in Nevada, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. The chorus has appeared in most of the United States as well as in Canada.
Professor James P. Tiefel has directed the Seminary Chorus since 1985. He is a member of the seminary’s Practical Theology Department and teaches courses in worship and preaching. As the school’s dean of chapel he is responsible for campus worship and also serves as director of student field services. From 1987 to 2013 he served as a member of the WELS Commission on Worship and is presently serving on the Executive Committee of the new hymnal project. He also serves on the Commission for Congregational Counseling and is a member of the Institute on Worship and Outreach. Besides his work for the seminary and synod, he is pulpit assistant and director of music at Grace Lutheran Church, Milwaukee.