Augsburg Fortress presents

Read through new seasonal music, attend workshops, participate in a hymn festival, attend handbell workshops and more! 

Featured Clinicians

Zebulon M. Highben

Zebulon M. Highben

Zebulon M. Highben is an award-winning conductor and composer, with more than fifty works published by Augsburg Fortress, Boosey & Hawkes, Colla Voce, GIA, and MorningStar Music, and by Gehrmans Musikförlag in Sweden. He edited the Augsburg Chorale Book and the Augsburg Motet Book, and is a frequent contributor to the annual Sundays & Seasons worship planning resource. Highben studied at Ohio State University, Luther Seminary, and St. Olaf College, and holds the DMA in conducting from Michigan State University. He serves as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Muskingum University, a Presbyterian college in southeastern Ohio.

Wayne L. Wold

Wayne L. Wold

Dr. Wayne L. Wold is a widely-published composer and author and appears frequently as a performer, hymn festival leader, and clinician. He holds degrees from Shenandoah Conservatory, Wittenberg University, and Concordia College, and is certified as an Associate of the American Guild of Organists (AAGO). At Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, he is Professor, Chair of the Music Department, College Organist, and Concert Manager. He is also Director of Music Ministry at First Lutheran Church in Ellicott City, Maryland. From 1996-2013 he served as Director of Chapel Music at Camp David, the presidential retreat. He was a member of the editorial committee that produced Evangelical Lutheran Worship. More information can be found at


Columbia: Ron Davis
Twin Cities: Jill Mahr
Seattle: Shirley Lindberg
Chicago: Sandra Eithun
Philadelphia: Michael Joy
Columbus: Jane Irvine


The Locations


JULY 20-21

St Paul's Lutheran Church
1715 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201



JULY 30-31
Saint Luke's Lutheran Church
205 N Prospect Ave
Park Ridge, IL 60068


JULY 23-24

Roseville Lutheran Church
1215 Roselawn Avenue W
Roseville, MN 55113


St. Paul's Lutheran Church
415 E Athens Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003


JULY 27-28
Trinity Lutheran Church
6215 196th Street SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036


Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
5475 Brand Rd
Dublin, OH 43017

Workshop Descriptions

500 Years of Singing: Exploring the Lutheran and Reformed Choral Traditions (Zebulon Highben)

Martin Luther and his colleagues famously created the German chorales and established a prominent place for vernacular hymns in their worship orders of 1523 and 1526. But Luther also loved choral singing, and a robust repertoire of choral music developed contemporaneously with the chorales. The Reformed tradition is known for its treasury of metrical psalmody, which also gave rise to a rich legacy of choral works. But what exactly are these choral traditions? What are their musical, textual, and liturgical parameters? How did they influence each other? Using repertoire from the new Augsburg Chorale Book and its sister volumes, this session will answer these questions and highlight the various streams of Lutheran and Reformed choral music, from the sixteenth century to the present day.

Priceless Treasures: Hymns and Songs in Parish Life (Wayne Wold)

In addition to presenting ideas about using hymns creatively in worship, Wold will discuss other areas of parish life—rehearsals, meetings, education, fellowship and outreach events, publications and public relations, and more—where hymns and hymn-singing can be enriching and meaningful tools for spiritual formation, community-building, and memory-making.

Treasures from the File Cabinet

Our choral libraries are full of great choral works that have often been forgotten at the "back of the file drawer”. In this workshop, Wold and Highben will re-introduce some of the classic Augsburg anthems from yesteryear and discuss creative ways to incorporate them into worship and keep them fresh for a new generation of singers and congregations.

Hymn Festival: Seasons of the Son

A program of readings, prayers, and hymns/songs from many times and places that explore and celebrate the richness of the Church Year.

What attendees are saying

Why is it worth attending a Free Summer Music Clinic?

"I have heard the best of the best presenters of church music year after year after year."

"[The music clinics are] a great place to see and purchase new music and get new ideas for doing liturgy."

"These events are a great place to connect with people who are doing the same thing I do in the church."

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