Laudamus choir tour comes to Batavia and Wheaton churches

Concordia Seminary's Laudamus, St. Louis' premier choir, is performing at 11 churches, schools and universities in Illinois and Wisconsin during their spring 2023 concert tour.

Laudamus is a select choir of seminarians preparing for full-time service as pastors in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Under the direction of Greg Gastler, interim choral director, the choir delights in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ through music.

Each year, the choir schedules tours to Missouri Synod schools, universities and churches throughout the country, singing an eclectic program representing the church's song from many different genres.

"All are welcome to be refreshed by the rich voices of the Laudamus men's choir as they sing of God's forgiveness and grace in Jesus," said Greg Gastler, interim choral director at the seminary. "We cherish the connections made with the schools, universities, churches and communities we visit, which reinforces the partnership in ministry that Concordia Seminary shares with the church in the world."

The tour theme, "Light," is based on Jesus' words in John 9:5b ESV, "I am the light of the world."

The choir will be performing at 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 950 Hart Road in Batavia. They also will be performing at the Batavia school earlier in the afternoon.

On Sunday, March 26, the church will be singing at the two services, 8:30 and 11 a.m., at St. John Lutheran Church, 410 N. Cross St. in Wheaton.

The choir will perform pieces by Mark Bender, Dietrich Buxtehude, Samuel Eatherton, Johann Franck, Hans Leo Hassler, Ronald Nelson, Lloyd Pfautsch, Carl Schalk, Christopher Tye, Melchior Vulpius and others.

The concerts are free and open to the public. Freewill offerings will be collected to support music arts programs at the seminary.

To learn more about Laudamus and the spring tour, visit

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis provides Gospel-centered graduate-level theological education for pastors, missionaries, deaconesses, scholars and other leaders in the name of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. To learn more, visit

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