Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Choral Vespers for Advent from Music, Gettysburg! Nov 28


CONTACT: John Spangler 717-338-3010




The Schola Cantorum and the Mount St. Mary’s University Chorale Chamber Ensemble, conducted by Andrew Rosenfeld, will offer festive Choral Vespers for Advent on Sunday Nov 28th, at 7:30 p.m. at the chapel of Gettysburg Seminary.


Choral vespers, or evening prayer, is a meditative and stimulating sung prayer event combining sung prayers, psalms, motets and readings and assembly singing in the beautiful setting of the Gettysburg Seminary chapel at 147 Seminary Ridge, in Gettysburg. The one hour choral vespers will follow the order of a typical 17th century evening prayer service, featuring a new setting of Psalm 122 by Stephen Folkemer who will serve as organist for this vespers. Choral works will be conducted by Andrew Rosenfeld of Mount St. Mary’s University. The vespers will also include the “Magnificat” by Leonardo Leo.


The Chamber Ensemble is making its first appearance at Choral Vespers, and will perform Hugo Distler’s “Praise to the Lord,” joining the Schola Cantorum for Psalm 122, the “Magnificat” and other offerings. The setting of Psalm 122 is newly translated by Seminary biblical scholar Brooks Schramm set to new music by Folkemer. The Rev. Dr. Pamela Cooper-White will officiate.


Rosenfeld has served as Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Chorale at Mount St. Mary’s University since 1997. In addition to directing the vocal ensembles, Dr. Rosenfeld also serves as chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at the Mount, and teaches a wide array of courses in music history and theory and in the humanities.  In 2008, he served as a guest conductor with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Elizabeth Schulze, music director and conductor, in a performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy in celebration of the Mount’s bicentennial.  He has been a member of the Gettysburg Schola Cantorum since 1998; this ensemble premiered his “Psalm 23”, a work appearing on the recently released compact disc, Thy Ways Illumine. 


Enjoy this choral musical treat at the Sunday evening concert, which is free and open to the public. The Seminary Chapel is on Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg. For more information about this and other concerts in the 2010-2011 Music, Gettysburg! schedule, please call 717-338-3000 ext 2197 or visit the Music, Gettysburg! web site:




Monday, November 08, 2010

Carthage's Harvard Stephens 2010 Pastor in Residence


CONTACT: John Spangler 717-338-3010



Carthage College Dean of Chapel Harvard

Stephens Serves as Pastor-in-residence

at Gettysburg Seminary

The Rev. Harvard Stephens, Jr. will be the pastor-in-residence on campus this week, November 8-12, 2010. Pastor Stephens is currently the dean of the chapel at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., a position he has held since 2003. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Stevens is a veteran of educational and parish ministries including Howard University. Pastor Stephens will be preaching in chapel on Monday, Nov. 8 and Friday, Nov. 12, will be attending various classes throughout the week, and will be experiencing campus life and informal conversation over lunch in the Refectory and other times and places.



Bothering with Advent

Bothering with Advent


The Rev. Dr. Mark Oldenburg, Dean of the Chapel and Steck Miller Professor of the Art of Worship at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, provided the community, the church and the world with a ten minute primer on Advent entitled “Bothering with Advent.”


You’ll find it easy to use for personal preparation and an excellent primer for parish education groups.


See it here 


Our thanks to Mark Oldeburg





Sornchai Named Young Adult Steward



CONTACT: John Spangler 717-338-3010

Gettysburg Seminarian Adam Sornchai Named Young Adult Steward for National Council of Churches’ General Assembly


November 8, 2010 (New Orleans, LA) Fourth year Gettysburg Seminarian Adam Sornchai was chosen by the National Council of Churches to participate in the Young Adult Stewards Program for the 2010 General Assembly of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCCCUSA)/Church World Service (CWS) to be held in New Orleans, LA, November 9-11, 2010.


Sornchai, a native of New York, will complete his studies in preparation for ordained ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2011.  The ecumenical agency is observing its centennial during this year’s national gathering, which is shared by the globally active relief agency, Church World Service.


Chosen from an unspecified number of applicants, Sornchai expects to report more than daily by way of social media from the assembly, which began the evening of Nov. 7th and continues to the 12th. He will be tapped by the assembly for special duties and write a post assembly reflection as well.



More information is also available at the Seminary’s web site: .



Pamela Cooper-White and Organist Mark Mummert Bring Bach, Copland, Faure and More to Music, Gettysburg!


CONTACT: John Spangler 717-338-3010


Soprano Pamela Cooper-White and Organist Mark Mummert Bring Bach, Copland, Faure and More to Music, Gettysburg! Nov 14 


(Gettysburg) Music, Gettysburg! presents a favorite soprano Pamela Cooper-White and organist and pianist Mark Mummert to the concert stage November 14, 2010 for a concert of Bach, Faure, Copland and more.


Cooper-White is familiar to Music, Gettysburg! audiences, but this Sunday afternoon concert is her first headline event and one that reunites her with friend and musical collaborator Mark Mummert. They will open the concert with Bach’s ‘Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor’ followed by 'Pie Jesu' from the Faure Requiem. Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs are included in the second half of the concert along with songs of Hugo Wolf and more.  


The concert will begin at 4pm in the chapel of the Gettysburg Seminary, 147 Seminary Ridge, in Gettysburg, and is free and open to the public.


Pamela Cooper-White, who for several years sang full time for the San Francisco Opera company, now serves as the Ben G. and Nancye Clapp Gautier Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA, and from 1999-2008 served as Professor of Pastoral Theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.  Prior to her theological credentials, she earned a B.Mus. from Boston University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology from Harvard University, with a dissertation on Arnold Schoenberg’s opera Moses und Aron.  She studied voice with Wilma Thompson (Boston), Kari Windingstadt (Los Angeles), and Janet Parlova (San Francisco).  She was a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and performed as soloist and in vocal ensembles for the San Francisco Ballet and the American Ballet Theater. 


Cooper-White is a familiar soloist with the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra and Music Gettysburg!, having premiered Lynn Gumert’s “Mary’s Lullaby” with flutist Teresa Bowers on Music Gettysburg!’s Christmas Offering in 2000, and has appeared in solo ensembles on several other Music Gettysburg concerts.  She was soprano soloist with the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra in the Kodaly Te Deum (2005), the J.S. Bach Magnificat (2006), and most recently, Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate, a three-movement cantata for soprano and orchestra, for an all-Mozart program in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.  She will also perform as a soloist in the upcoming Music Gettysburg! Christmas Offering on Dec. 19, singing pieces by J.S. Bach and Max Reger. 


Mark Mummert is Church Organist and Chorus Director at Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas. There he conducts the Chorus, the Choristers, the Jr. Choristers, the Taize Ensemble and leads the assembly song at the liturgies of the congregation. Mummert serves as organist for the Bach Society of Houston,  and is active in the Association of Lutheran Church Musicans. Prior to his call to Houston, he was Seminary Musician at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia for eighteen years (1990-2008), where he and Cooper-White were musical colleagues in numerous performances. Mummert is a composer of the first setting of Holy Communion in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's core worship resource, Evangelical Lutheran Worship. He has served as Cantor for congregations in Philadelphia, Lancaster, and Glenside Pennsylvania. As a recitalist, Mummert has appeared in programs for the American Guild of Organists and has presented hymn festivals throughout North America. He has appeared in concert with the University of the Arts Chorale, Haddonfield Symphony Chorus, Philadelphia Chamber Chorus, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and the Singing City Choir of Philadelphia.


Cooper-White and Mummert will delight the Central Pennsylvania audiences this Sunday in a not to miss concert.


Music, Gettyburg! is a premier free concert series featuring the finest regional, national and international musicians hosted by the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettyburg. The seminary chapel is located at 147 Seminary Ridge on the west edge of Gettysburg. For more information about this and other concerts remaining in the Music, Gettysburg! schedule, please call 717-338-3000 ext 2197 or email or visit the web site at .