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, November 11, 1996
Cherwien has arranged the following tunes for organ and one instrument: Berglund, Bicentennial, Chesterfield, Fredericktown, Hanson Place, Kuortane, Norwich,... read more
Saturday, December 16, 1995
Effective settings of hymntunes found in With One Voice: Laudate Dominum--Bred Dina Vida Vingar--Middlebury--Kingsfold--Convivio, by the well-known and popular Cherwien.
Friday, October 20, 1995
A most practical, yet inviting setting of the John Ireland tune Love Unknown. Written by a master of the hymn-concertato, David Cherwien, the SAB is easy, the... read more
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