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.
Monday, December 4, 2000
Wednesday, July 12, 2000
Designed to enhance congregational singing, a variety of composers have prepared piano introductions and two musical settings (accompaniments) for over 100 of... read more
Thursday, June 15, 2000
Tuesday, April 4, 2000
From the master of organ interpretations comes this fresh and innovative collection for solo piano. Appropriate as hymn preludes and bound to inspire assembly... read more
Friday, October 8, 1999
Cherwien has written three energetic toccatas, on three distinctly different hymntunes, in a re-creation of the great French Romantic tradition. Cherwien is a... read more
Friday, October 1, 1999
A thrilling setting of the tune Ascended Triumph by Henry Gerike, useful for Ascension as well as the entire Easter season. The use of the optional trumpet... read more
Saturday, July 24, 1999
Cherwien's three-part setting of this lively Welsh folk tune, The Ash Grove, includes an adagio, a trio and a brisk toccata. In addition, the composer... read more
Thursday, June 24, 1999
A joyous, lilting rendition of this much loved song; very accessible for children's choirs or treble ensembles.
Wednesday, April 29, 1998
A useful collection of congregational song accompaniments for piano and optional solo instrument. Eight for Eighty-Eight is designed for someone who leads... read more
Friday, April 24, 1998
A versatile collection of music by nine different composers for a variety of seasons of the year.
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