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Jonathan Kohrs

Jonathan Kohrs is assistant professor of music at Concordia University Chicago, where he conducts Schola Cantorum—CUC’s chapel choir—and Resonanz—its contemporary ensemble—for which he regularly composes music that crosses the boundaries between “traditional” and “contemporary.” In 2015 he received an honorable mention in the Association for Lutheran Church Musicians’ Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Composition for his congregational setting of the communion liturgy, scored for piano, synthesizer, vibraphone, bass, flute, clarinet and oboe. He recently received an MFA in music composition from Vermont College of Fine Arts through which his compositions received subsequent performances by internationally-known pianist Stephen Gosling and Pittsburgh’s Chatham Baroque trio. His compositions are published by Concordia Publishing House, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, and World Library Publications.

Recent Posts

Out of the Ordinary: Choral Music for the Ordinary Time of Epiphany

Posted on Feb 5, 2020 9:00:00 AM by Jonathan Kohrs in Music Ministry

by Jonathan Kohrs

Even though the season after the Epiphany is considered part of “ordinary” time (ordered, or counted, as in “ordinal” numbers: the Second, Fourth, or Seventh Sundays after Epiphany), I’d like to share with you some well-crafted—but not too difficult—pieces for this season that are a bit “out of the ordinary,” especially regarding harmonic language and voicing.

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Choral Music for Holy Week: Sunday of the Passion and the Three Days

Posted on Mar 15, 2018 9:49:23 AM by Jonathan Kohrs in Planning

It goes without saying that Holy Week is one of the busiest times of the church year for choirs and their directors. But along with the high demands of singing for multiple services within the span of six or seven days (let alone the “eighth day” of Easter!) come the great rewards of proclaiming the Gospel through a wide variety of music in the most dramatic liturgies of the church year.

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