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Concordia University Alumni and Friends Christmas Chorale

December 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Dear friends,

One of the most memorable events at Concordia College/University each year was the annual Christmas Chorale. This tradition, established by Dr. Art Wahlers, continued for more than 60 years. When graduates and community members reminisce about Concordia, the Christmas Chorale nearly always comes up.

This year, St. Michael’s Lutheran Church (6700 NE 29th Ave., across from Concordia’s former campus), is going to revive the Christmas Chorale tradition. The Chorale will take place on Sunday, December 17 at 2 p.m. We are going to call it the Concordia University Alumni and Friends Christmas Chorale. This service of lessons and carols features the Alumni and Friends Choir directed by Dr. William Kuhn. The organist for the service is Dr. Walter Krueger. Readers of the lessons are former Concordia faculty members. Professor Kurt Berentsen will also conduct. Liturgists are Rev. Dr. Philip Brandt and Rev. Jim Pressnell.

Concordia alumni and friends are also invited to join the choir. Music will be sent ahead of time to learn. There will be three rehearsals on the Chorale weekend. The first will be Friday, December 15, from 7-10 p.m. We will also rehearse on Saturday, December 16, from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Please let organizers know your intent to participate at least one week prior to the Chorale.

Music, beginning with “Once In Royal David’s City,” including Paul Manz’s “E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come,” and concluding with David Willcocks’ “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” will be available. Please let administrative assistant, Sharon Carlson, know that you will be joining to sing. She can be contacted at scarlson@stmikeslutheran.org or 503-493-6333.

Please contact St. Michael’s Cantor, Bill Kuhn, if you have questions at wkuhn@stmikeslutheran.org.

There is no admission charge for the event. A free-will offering will be collected to support the St. Michael’s organ fund. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached. Additional parking is available in the University of Oregon (formerly Concordia) parking lots.


December 17
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


St. Michael’s Lutheran Church – William Kuhn


St. Michael’s Lutheran Church – Portland, OR
6700 N 29th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97211
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(503) 493-6333
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