Annual organ concert features native Gettysburgian on the Andover Opus 84

Andover Opus 84 Organ also Shines

October 19, 2015


mummertOne of the finest and most creative composer-organists performing today, Mark Mummert will make his first appearance on the Andover Organ in concert for Music, Gettysburg! Tuesday, October 27th at 7:30pm

Mummert, who is the 2015 Distinguished Visiting Cantor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg will put the 38-rank Andover Opus 84 tracker organ through its paces in the concert, featuring music by J. S. Bach, Hugo Distler, Felix Mendelssohn, as well as preludes by 20th Century and contemporary composers Pamela Decker, Andrew Clarke, Emma Lou Deimer and Beverly Ward.

This concert represents his second appearance for Music, Gettysburg! where he provided piano accompaniment for soprano Pamela Cooper-White in 2010. Mummert is also Minister of Music at Zion Lutheran Church in York. He served as Director of Worship at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas (2008-2015) and Seminary Musician at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (1990-2008). He also been cantor at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (Lancaster), University Lutheran Church of the Incarnation (Philadelphia), St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Glenside), and St. John’s Lutheran Church (Philadelphia). 

Mark is a composer of the first setting of Holy Communion in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), the commended worship book of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is editor of Psalm Settings for the Church Year (Augsburg Fortress, 2008), Music Sourcebook for Lent and the Three Days (Augsburg Fortress, 2010), and his service music, choral works, hymn tunes, and other musical works for the liturgy are published by Augsburg Fortress and MorningStar Music.

In 2013, Mark was a visiting scholar for The Singing Church Symposium at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and Organist for the Congress of Societas Liturgica in Würzburg, Germany. In 2007, Mark was the Director of Music for the ELCA Churchwide Assembly and Worship Jubilee in Chicago, and in 2005 was principal guest musician for the national convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. Most recently, Mark directed music at the ELCA Worship Jubilee in Atlanta.

This concert is a return for Mark Mummert, who was born in Gettysburg in 1965. His maternal grandparents are graduates of Gettysburg College, as are his parents. His father is a graduate of the Seminary. His mother’s remains are interred in the memorial garden on the north side of the chapel.  This semester’s appointment and recital are a homecoming, and this program celebrates the reforming Spirit in lives, in song, in the church, in the world.

Enjoy this musical feast at the Seminary’s 38-rank Andover Organ in this midweek evening concert, which is free and open to the public. The Seminary Chapel is located at 147 Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg. For more information about this and other concerts Music, Gettysburg! schedule, please call 717-338-3000 ext 2197 or visit the web site:  .