David Cherwien is currently serving as Director of Music at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2002, he was appointed Music Director for the National Lutheran Choir, also based in the Twin Cities.
He has also held full time parish music positions in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, Chicago, Seattle, and Berlin. He has served as Organist/Cantor of Christ Chapel and Visiting Instructor of Music at Gustavus College, St. Peter, MN. And a Teaching Associate in Service Playing and improvisation at Elmhurst College. He completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance, and the Master of Arts degree in Theory and composition, both from the University of Minnesota. His undergraduate work was in organ performance and music education at Augsburg College, Mpls., where he was honored as distinguished alumni in the fall of 2000. Following his undergraduate work he studied for two years at the Berlin Church Music School in Berlin, Germany. There he studied improvisation with Renate Zimmermann, organ Literature with Karl Hochreither, and composition with the late Ernst Pepping. He has also studied organ with Christian Baude in Aix-en-Provence, France, and with Paul Manz, Heinrich Fleisher and Earl Barr in this country, and is a Fellow with Melodious Accord, studying composition with Alice Parker.He is composer of liturgical music for choir and organ, and author of the book Let the People Sing.
David is a founding member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and is also active in the American Guild of Organists, and Chorister's Guild.
Tuesday, May 27, 2003
Accompanying congregational song on piano or keyboard just got even easier! This collection builds on the success of the first Let It Rip! volume by adding even... read more
Thursday, March 6, 2003
David Cherwien originally set this text and tune for the vocal solo collection To God Will I Sing, but recieved many requests to provide a full choir... read more
Tuesday, March 5, 2002
David and Susan Cherwien offer all that is new and beautiful in this elegant setting. Susan has written a profound text with poetic images of Epiphany and... read more
Wednesday, February 27, 2002
David Cherwien is a master at creative use of hymns and this setting is no exception. Here is the beloved tune and text all dressed up in an elegant new... read more
Friday, December 28, 2001
Here are two refreshing liturgical settings from David Cherwien: Holy Communion and Evening Prayer. Idea for use year-round with optional seasonal texts for... read more
Friday, December 28, 2001
Tuesday, July 17, 2001
Monday, July 9, 2001
This collection has plenty to offer communities seeking to enliven their congregational singing. Pull Out the Stops is all about flexibility: you can choose... read more
Thursday, May 24, 2001
Written over a ground bass (ostinato pedal point), these five hymn settings are yet another creative look at familiar hymns by one of the foremost composers... read more
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