The LCMS Youth Gathering will conclude with the Divine Service Worship. Over 20,000 people will join in worshipping 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.

The 2019 Gathering Choir Director

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.

Expectations: All applications and audition videos must be submitted online by April 22, 2019. Applicants will be notified by mail by May 22, 2019 of their selection. Members of the choir 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 US Bank Stadium early Monday morning. Rehearsals will not conflict with other Gathering programming.

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

As part of your application you be asked to submit a link to your audition video.

Your 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

I have read and agreed to the information above, and would like to apply to be in the Choir.