Youth Music Opportunities 2019-04-23T15:22:23+00:00

Youth Music Opportunities

The LCMS Youth Gathering will conclude with the Divine Service Worship.  Over 20,000 people will join in worshiping our God and Savior.  Youth have opportunity to be involved in sharing their artistic gifts and talents with the Gathering through participating in the Gathering Choir or Wind Symphony.


All applications and audition videos must be submitted online by April 30, 2019. Applicants will be notified by May 22, 2019 of their selection.  Members of the choir and wind symphony will receive a pack of music and CD so the music can be learned in advance of the Gathering.

Members are expected to attend rehearsals at the Hyatt Regency from 3:45-5:15pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There will be a final rehearsal at the U.S. Bank Stadium early Monday morning. Rehearsals will not conflict with other Gathering programming.

The choir and wind symphony will participate in the Monday morning worship service on July 15, 2019.

Application Process 

As part of your application you will be asked to submit a link to your audition video. We prefer this to be an unlisted link to your audition video on YouTube or Vimeo.

Your choir audition video should include:

  • Your first name, last name, high school, city and state
  • A song of your choice that demonstrates your vocal ability – hymn, classical artsong, praise song, Broadway solo, etc.
  • A scale that demonstrates your range  – begin in the middle of your range and sing a scale upwards to your top note, then begin on that middle note and sing a scale downwards to your lowest note

Your wind symphony audition video should include:

  • Your first name, last name, high school, city and state
  • Excerpt of a slow, expressive etude or solo movement (at least one minute)
  • Excerpt of a fast technical etude or solo movement
  • A scale that demonstrates your range.  Please name the scale.
Gathering Choir Application
Gathering Wind Symphony Application

2019 Choir Director
Dr. David Mennicke

Dr. David L. Mennicke is a Professor of Music in the Concordia University St. Paul Music, Theatre, and Dance Department, where he has been Director of Choral Studies since 1989. He graduated summa cum laude from St. Olaf College, with M.M. and DMA degrees from the University of Arizona. He has studied with Kenneth Jennings, Helmuth Rilling, Robert Shaw, Maurice Skones, and Dale Warland.

Under his direction, the Concordia St. Paul Christus Chorus has sung several times for the Minnesota Music Educators Association and ACDA-MN, and for national conferences of the North American Academy of Liturgy and the College Music Society. The group was a National Finalist in 2017 in the College/University Division of The American Prize, a nationally juried fine arts competition. The choir has toured the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Asia and has received seven invitations to perform with the Minnesota Orchestra.

2019 Gathering Wind Symphony Director
Dr. Richard Fischer

Dr. Richard Fischer, Distinguished Professor of Music and the Fred and Jane Wittlinger Endowed Chair for Music Performance, is in his 45th year as director of the Wind Symphony and University Band at Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill. He holds the bachelor of music education and master of music degrees from De Paul University and the doctor of musical arts degree from Michigan State University. He has also studied at Cornell College and the University of Northern Colorado.

Since Fischer’s arrival in 1974, the Wind Symphony has performed concerts in 43 states, Canada, Europe, China and South Africa.  The Wind Symphony has also performed at the National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the Illinois Music Educators Conference and Lutheran Education Association convocations in Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Grand Rapids. In the fall of 1995, the ensemble performed at The Symphony Center in Chicago. The Wind Symphony performed as the “Showcase Ensemble” for the New York City Wind Band Festival at Carnegie Hall on March 4, 2014 and will again on March 13, 2019.