The A Cappella Choir and Singers and University Brass Ensemble provided music before and during the service, including a brass selection, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (Praetorius), choral responses Qui tollis peccata mundi (Bach) and O Day, Full of Grace (Christiansen), and a choral blessing, Christ with Me (Weber), and lead the assembly in singing the closing hymn, O God beyond All Praising (arr. Hobby). The Rev. JoAnna Novak Patterson (MDiv 2009), an alumnus of the Lenoir-Rhyne class of 2002, joined her alma mater’s choir for one of their selections. Her studies at Lenoir-Rhyne included sacred music.
The A Cappella Choir and Singers are directed by Dr. Paul Weber, who has lead the choir since 1999. The University Brass Ensemble was lead by Christopher Nigrelli, conductor, with Jeana Neal Borman, collaborative artist and Morgan Lane, student organist. The choir has toured nationally since 1951 and traveled abroad every fourth year since 1971. It is well known for its lyrical tone and for its performance of both concert and worship music repertoire. The choir has sung for the installation of two national Lutheran bishops and performed for the 200th anniversary of the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. One choir member with an LTSP connection is Micah Krey, son of LTSP president Philip Krey and registrar René Diemer.
Lenoir-Rhyne University, located in Hickory, North Carolina, is one of 26 universities and colleges of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. You can learn more about Lenoir-Rhyne University at LR.edu.
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