Wednesday, July 27, 2016
7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the National Association of Lutheran Musicians

Michael Burkhardt is internationally known for his innovative and inspiring hymn festivals and for his creative work for children. He is in frequent demand as a choral clinician, organ recitalist, and hymn fesival leader.

Dr. Burkhardt serves Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Livonia, Michigan, as cantor and Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti as artist-professor of organ. In addition, he is the artistic director of the Detroit Handbell Ensemble and Hearts, Hands, and Voices, a worship and fine arts program for children in grades 2–7.

He has performed and led seminars at both national and regional events for the American Guild of Organists, the Hymn Society, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, and the American Choral Directors Association. Since 2003 he has made six performance-teaching tours to South Korea and Singapore.

Dr. Burkhardt is author of three education resources: Part-Singing Global Style, a resource focusing on sequential part-singing techniques in treble arrangements of global piecese; Singing with Understanding, a curriculum utilizing the great hymns, folk songs, and spirituals of the church to share faith stories and to teach the elements of music and worship; and Read ’n Ring, a handbell resource for teaching music literacy to ringers of all ages.

In addition, he is composer of three settings of the eucharistic liturgy—A New Song, Missa St. Andrews, and Missa Mixolydian—as well as numerous organ improvisations, choral octavos, and handbell compositions, available through MorningStar Music Publishers, Augsburg Fortress, Choristers Guild, Concordia Publishing House, AGEHR, and GIA.

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For more information about organ concerts, contact John Sherer, Organist and Director of Music (312.981.3592).