Music + Arts

"Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us." - Martin Luther

University Lutheran has long had a strong tradition of church music. At the core of our worship is vigorous congregational singing of hymns as well as chanting the liturgy and great choral and organ music from across the centuries. Our music program aims to uphold the best of the historic Lutheran musical tradition as well as the best of what is being written in our own time.

The Choir of University Lutheran Church

The choir holds an important place in our worship, not only in the leading of the liturgy, but to learn and offer the best music of sacred choral repertoire. We sing a broad range of literature: Gregorian Chant, Renaissance polyphony, as well as the great composers of the Lutheran tradition including Heinrich Schutz, Michael Praetoriu.s Hermann Schein to Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms and Hugo Distler as well as James MacMillan, Arvo Part and Eriks Esenvalds. And of course, the great choral music of J.S. Bach! 

If you are interested in joining the University Lutheran choir, please contact the church's Director of Music, Matthew Glandorf at music-director@uniluphila.org. Requirements for membership are the ability to read music at a proficient level and the willingness to commit to weekly rehearsals (Thursday evenings). The choir gathers for a warmup on Sunday mornings at Worship is at and generally lasts an hour. There is also a traditional choral Compline service led by the choir, generally on the fourth Sunday of each month. Students and faculty are particularly welcome!

Support our Music Ministry

Special music at University Lutheran is an important part of our Lutheran sacred music heritage. Several times a year we seek to expand our resources in order to offer a Bach Cantata, engage an orchestra for Christmas Eve and Easter, or commission new music. If you would like to make a tax free donation to support our music ministry, we encourage you to do so here.