2013 Sacred Music Conference

     J.S. Bach and the B Minor Mass

      March 16, 2013
      Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.


Join Us for the Day ...


Join in a one day conference of worship, music, lectures and workshops featuring author and Bach scholar, Christoph Wolff. Topics will explore the Mass in B Minor, J.S. Bach as theologian, performance practice issues and symbolism in Bach’s music.

Conference Events include:

All Bach Concert, 9am

Following a brief service of Morning Prayer, the conference day begins with an all Bach program of music which will be broadcast live by Minnesota Public Radio’s Michael Barone. Featured musicians in the morning concert will include the National Lutheran Choir and St. Olaf Organ faculty members James Bobb and Catherine Rodland. This program is free and open to the public in addition to conference participants.

Conference Plenary and Workshops, 8am -3:30pm

This portion of the conference is for registered conference participants and includes lunch, a plenary session and various workshops related to the day's topic. See the conference schedule for more details.

Evening Prayer – Bach Cantata BWV #12, 4pm

The conference day concludes with a service of evening prayer including Bach Cantata BWV 12 “Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen” sung by members of the National Lutheran Choir, directed by David Cherwien. This worship service is free and open to the public in addition to conference participants


A downloadable brochure (pdf file) is available here.

Online registration is anytime between November 1 and March 8.

Pre-registration deadline is Friday, March 8. Registration at the door is not guaranteed.

Plenary Session

Morning Plenary : The B Minor Mass and J.S. Bach's Musical Legacy - Christoph Wolff, presenter

Of the many fascinating perspectives on Bach's last great vocal work, the lecture will explore its genesis and performance history, its function in the mirror of Bach scholarship, and issues of textual meaning, theological interpretation, and musical design


  • Continued Conversation with Christoph Wolff - Christoph Wolff
  • J.S. Bach's Use of Symbols in the B Minor Mass - How and Why? - Arthur Halbardier
  • Bach in the Church Today:  Yes You Can! - David Cherwien
  • Church Organists Go Baroque - Catherine Rodland
  • Open Rehearsal of the National Lutheran Choir

More Information

For more information about the Sacred Music Conference, contact:

Kris Rongstad
Luther Seminary, MSM Office
2481 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108