The Seminary Chorus

Founded in 1931, the Chorus has appeared in hundreds of WELS churches around the country to proclaim the Word of God in song and to represent the ministry of the seminary.

Whenever they travel, the men of the Seminary Chorus are eager to talk about the work they do to prepare to serve as pastors. In many ways, their stories are the same: they attend the same classes and study the same subjects. But their stories are also very different. Whatever their backgrounds, they are anxious to meet the people who support them with prayers and gifts. They would be honored if you came to hear them sing the story of the one who loved us all, Jesus our Lord.

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 year during the seminary’s mid-semester break or over Easter vacation. The chorus has appeared in most of the United States as well as in Canada.

2017-2018 schedule

Sun., October 1                   Martin Luther Hymn Festival
7:30 p.m.                               Auditorium


Sat. October 7                      Friends of the Seminary
9:00 a.m.                                Auditorium


Sun., October 22                St. Paul Lutheran Church
8:00 & 10:30 a.m.             Appleton, WI


Sat., October 28                 Northern Wisconsin District Reformation Service
2:00 p.m.                              Performing Arts Center, Appleton, WI


November 6                          Prof. Brenner 40th Anniversary
9:20 a.m.                               Chapel


Wed., December 6           Loving Shepherd Lutheran Church
6:30 p.m.                                Milwaukee, WI


Sat., December 9               Christmas Concert Dress Rehearsal
6:30 p.m.                              Auditorium


Sun., December 10          Christmas Concerts
3:00 & 7:00 p.m.              Auditorium


Sun., February 18              St. John Lutheran Church
10:00 a.m.                             8th and Vliet, Milwaukee, WI


Wed., February 21            St. John Lutheran Church
7:00 p.m.                                Lannon, WI


Sun., February 25              St. Paul Lutheran Church
8:00 & 10:30                        Cudahy, WI


Wed., February 28            St. John Lutheran Church
7:00 p.m.                               Newburg, WI                                                                             


Sat., March 10                     Emanuel Lutheran Church
5:15 p.m.                               New London, WI


Sun., March 11                    Emanuel Lutheran Church
8:00 & 10:30 a.m.  New London, WI


Wed., March 14                 Morning Star Lutheran Church
6:30 p.m.                             Jackson, WI                                                                                 


Sun., March 18                    Zion Lutheran Church
8 &10:30 a.m.                      South Milwaukee, WI


Wed., March 21                 Grace Lutheran Church
7:00 p.m.                                Milwaukee, WI


Wed., March 28                 Tour begins

Wednesday, March 28     Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, New Hope MN
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 29         Redeemer Lutheran Church, Mandan, ND
7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 30                Shining Mountains Lutheran Church, Bozeman, MT
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 1                   St. Paul Lutheran Church, Calgary, AB
9 a.m.

Sunday, April 1                    Mountain View Lutheran Church, Calgary, AB
11:30 a.m.

Monday, April 2                  Living Savior Lutheran Church, Missoula, MT
7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 3                   Apostles Lutheran Church, Billings, MT
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 4           Abiding Love Lutheran Church, Loveland, CO
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 5                Zion Lutheran Church, Denver, CO
7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 6                       Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Kearney, NE
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 7                 Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 8                    St. Paul Lutheran Church, North Mankato, MN
10:30 a.m.

Sun., April 8                        Tour ends


Thur., May 24                     Graduation Concert
7:00 p.m.                              Auditorium


Fri., May 25                          Graduation Service
10:00 a.m.                             Auditorium



Rejoice in the Lord
2016 choir tour

  1. Cantate Domino
  2. Rejoice in the Lord
  3. Alleluia
  4. Nunc Dimittis
  5. Lord, You I Love with All My Heart
  6. Praeludium in e
  7. All Praise to Thee, Eternal Lord
  8. O Savior of Our Fallen Race
  9. Christ Begins
  10. And Can It Be?
  11. Christ Lay in Death’s Dark Prison
  12. Lord, Send Out Your Spirit
  13. The Church’s One Foundation
  14. Canson Duo Decimi Toni à 10
  15. Rock of Ages
  16. O Church Arise
  17. Ride the Chariot
  18. Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers
  19. Lord, When Your Glory I Shall See
seminary chorus

Our Help in Ages Past, Our Hope for Years to Come
2014 choir tour

  1. God’s Word is Our Great Heritage
  2. Sing Praise to Our Glorious Lord
  3. On God and Not on Human Trust
  4. Ukrainian Alleluia
  5. E’en so, Lord Jesus
  6. Our God, Our Help in Ages Past
  7. Advent
  8. Mary, Did You Know?
  9. God so Loved the World
  10. Ride On, King Jesus
  11. The Church’s One Foundation
  12. His Battle Ended There
  13. Were You There/There is a Balm
  14. One Faith, One Hope, One Lord
  15. Jesus Loves Me
  16. There is a Balm in Gilead
  17. Go Forth and Preach the Gospel
  18. Lord, When Your Glory I Shall See
WLS seminary chorus

All Praise to God
2012 choir tour

  1. Cantate Domino … Hans Leo Hassler
  2. O Christ Who Art the Light and Day … Ralph C. Schultz
  3. Speak, O Lord … Mary McDonald
  4. Oh, Sing Jubilee to the Lord … Brad Holmes
  5. All Praise to God Who Reigns Above … Richard Hillert
  6. Bringer of Light … Kathy Powell
  7. Go and Tell John … Lloyd Pfautsch
  8. They Follow Me … Martin Albrecht
  9. Crucifixus . .. Claudio Monteverdi
  10. This is the Day … Martin Barry
  11. This Little Light of Mine … Howard Helvey
  12. Hark! I Hear the Harps Eternal … Craig Carnahan
  13. Jerusalem the Golden … Robert Hobby
  14. Lord, When Your Glory I Shall See … Kurt Eggert
  15. The Church’s One Foundation … Arnold Lehmann
WLS seminary chorus

Christmas at the Seminary
Christmas Concerts 1994-2010>

  1. Advent Processional
  2. O Lord, How Shall I Meet Thee
  3. All Praise to Thee, Eternal God
  4. Fanfare for Christmas
  5. The Little Village Slept
  6. Silent Night
  7. Freut euch, ihr Christen
  8. Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending
  9. Peace
  10. Sing Alleluia
  11. Mary, Did You Know?
  12. Nunc Dimittis
  13. Once He Came in Blessing
  14. Arise, the Kingdom Is at Hand
  15. Hodie Christus Natus Est
  16. From Heaven Above to Earth I Come
  17. We Three Kings of Orient Are
  18. Go and Tell John
  19. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
  20. Betelehemu
  21. Now Sing We, Now Rejoice

Let All Rejoice Who Have a Voice to Raise
2008 choir tour

  1. Cantate Domino
  2. From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee
  3. God Be in My Head
  4. A Hymn to God the Father
  5. Now Thank We All Our God
  6. When In Our Music God Is Glorified
  7. Matin Responsory
  8. Hodie Christus Natus Est
  9. Upon the Cross Extended
  10. Peace I Leave With You
  11. This Is the Day the Lord Has Made
  12. The Church’s One Foundation
  13. Praise to the Lord
  14. God Is Our Refuge and Strength
  15. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  16. Takwaba Uwabanga Yesu
  17. Lo, He Comes With Clouds Descending
  18. Lord, When Your Glory I Shall See
  19. Canzon Quinta

Chorus publicity photos