UPCOMING GMI EVENTS
Global Fair Trade fair
Join us for a spring fair held Tuesday - Thursday, April 23-25 , 2013 from 10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m. in the Olson Campus Center Narthex. The handcrafts sold come from Lutheran World Relief's Handcraft Project in cooperation with A Greater Gift, the nonprofit handcraft program of SERRV International. Your congregation can host a fair trade fair just like ours!
Mission and Ministry Forums
The Global Mission Institute, along with Cross-Cultural Education at Luther Seminary, hosts lunchtime discussions during fall and spring semesters.
Past GMI Events
"Pedagogy of the Poor: Building the movement to end poverty"
Willie Baptist & John Wessel-McCoy
Poverty Initiative, Union Theological Seminary
in the City of New York
The video of the discussion will soon be online
On April 16th, 2013 Willie Baptist and John Wessel-McCoy from the Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York participated in a presentation and panel discussion regarding their work in the fight to end poverty.
Local voices joining them in this important conversation included Rev. Patricia Lull, Executive Director, St. Paul Council of Churches, Vivian Jenkins Nelson, Senior Fellow at Augsburg College, and Dr. Gary Simpson, Luther Seminary, offering critical reflection in conversation with Willie and John; the resulting discussion was engaged, informing, and moving.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this event possible, including Dr. Mary Hess, VOCA:Gospel & Justice (Student Group), The Global Mission Institute at Luther Seminary, our panel speakers, and especially our friends at the Poverty Initiative, in particular Willie and John.
We are pleased to make available a video/audio recording of the event. Please be advised that there is some use of “spicy” language during the discussion.
"The Legacy of Missionary Teaching in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania Today"
Rev. Dr. Falres Ilomo,
Visiting Schiotz Professor
The video of the lecture is now online.
Love All around the World III
Watch the concert video.
GMI Benefit Concert
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Olson Campus Center, Chapel of the Incarnation
The concert is always free and open to the public. A free-will offering was taken to benefit the International Student Scholarship Fund at Luther Seminary. Click here to read about the musicians and here to read an article in Metro Lutheran about Mikyoung Park, our student and main organizer.
Dr. Mikyoung Park, is a lyric soprano from Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Park has a Doctorate of Musical of Arts degree (DMA) in voice performance and received a Voice Pedagogy Certificate at the University of Minnesota. She received a Bachelor of Music (BM) and Master of Music (MM) from Seoul National University and completed the Opera Institute program while receiving her degrees. She has been an associated member of the National Association of Teachers Singing (NATS) and a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). As an Opera performer, her operatic repertoire includes Albert Herring, Ariadne auf Naxos, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Cavalleria Rusticana, Un Ballo in Maschera, La Boheme, Rigoletto, The Magic Flute, and Don Giovanni. Besides her vocal career, Dr. Park holds a Master of Sacred Music degree (majoring in choral conducting and minoring in organ) from Luther Seminary. Currently, she is in the Master of Divinity program with a concentration in Children, Youth and Family (CYF) at Luther Seminary. She also serves as trainer and leader of musicians for Global Mission Gatherings offered by the ELCA. She has taught voice at the Walker Music Academy and West School of Bank. Currently, she works as an Education Director at Redeemer Music Arts Academy at Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis, as well as in her private studio.
Soprano, Momoko Tanno earned her B.A. in Vocal Performance at Nihon University in Tokyo, received her M.M. in Vocal Performance at University of Minnesota, and continued her studies in Paris, France with Camille Maurane, and with Elizabeth Mannion in Minnesota. Momoko has appeared in productions including M. Butterfly at the Guthrie, Figaro (Susanna), Don Juan Giovanni (Donna Anna) and Carmen (Frasquita) with Theatre de la Jeune Lune, American Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Pacific Overtures (Tamate, Shogun’s Mother) with Park Square Theater and Mu Performing Arts.
As a concert artist, Momoko has performed with Minnesota Orchestra, Drake String Ensemble, Bach Society of Minnesota (B-minor Mass by J.S. Bach), Heinrich Schütz-Chor, Tokyo (Elijah by Mendelssohn, St. John’s Passion & St. Matthew’s Passion by J.S. Bach, Magnificat by Pärt, among others), and Heinrich Schütz-Chor, Heilbronn (Christmas Oratorio by J.S. Bach). She is also at home in popular songs, singing in concerts such as “From the Shtetl to Broadway” featuring songs by composers such as Gershwin, Berlin, Bacharach, and Porter.
Momoko is a voice faculty at MacPhail Center for Music and a member of N.A.T.S.
Sei Hoon Ahn a Korean tenor, is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in Vocal Performance at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He received his Master of Music from Indiana University in Voice, and Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Korean National University of Arts, Seoul, Korea. He is currently a student of Mrs. Elizabeth Mannion at the Institute of Vocal Artistry in St. Paul, and his former teachers include Mr. William Shriner, Mr. Giorgio Tozzi, and Mr. U.K. Yim. Mr. Ahn is a frequent performer of opera and oratorio; his operatic repertoire includes La Traviata, La Bohème, Carmen and the Le Nozze di Figaro, and he has performed solos in Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. He was a member of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Anniversary Chorale in the 2008-2009 season. Mr. Ahn is a member of Music Teachers National Association ( M.T.N.A.) and has taught voice at the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and his private studio.
Greg Kajiwara, clarinet, currently teaches and performs throughout the Twin Cities and is a primary substitute for the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. Greg was born in Westlake Village, California, where he began studying the clarinet at the age of 12. In the summer of 1993, Greg was accepted into Interlochen Arts Academy, Michigan where he studied clarinet performance with Richard Hawkins. He received his Bachelor of Music in Clarinet performance from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where he studied with Yehuda Gilad, Mitchell Lurie and Michelle Zukovsky, Principal Clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Greg moved to Minneapolis in 2000 where he completed his Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of Minnesota, studying with Burt Hara, Principal Clarinet of the Minnesota Orchestra. Greg has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Duluth Superior Symphony, Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra and the Round Top Music Festival Orchestra to name a few.
Susan Hellerud has been a member of the piano faculty of MacPhail Center for Music since 1966. Throughout her long teaching career she has performed frequently as a solo recitalist, accompanist, and chamber musician. Recipient of numberous awards, scholarships and prizes, Susan has made many joint apprearances with her twin sister, prize winning author and poet Sara De Luca. She has also served as organist in several Twin Cities area churches, currently at First Church of Christ Scientist in Excelsior, Minnesota.
Melissa Bergstrom is the department chair, choir director and a music history instructor at Anoka-Ramsey, Coon Rapids Campus, where she has been on the faculty for 10 years. Melissa is also an active performer (soprano, flute, melodica, piano and organ) and serves as organist and choir director at Family of God Lutheran in Brooklyn Park. A freelance writer, Melissa's work appears in publications by Augsburg Fortress and VocalEssence Music Press and her choral compositions have won several national competitions. Melissa holds a bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Augsburg College and a master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Minnesota.
GMI Photo Albums
Photos from past GMI Donor Dinners, our annual celebrations of gratitude and mission, along with Highlights of past academic years can be found on our photo album page!