Music’s Impact In Our Church & School:

Our awesome God has blessed our congregation mightily in the form of musical talent. And, throughout the years, Morrison’s congregation has certainly shown great energy in using these gifts – and rightfully so, as we’ve been instructed to do so in Psalm 96 of the treasured Word of God. It is written, “Sing to the Lord a new song. Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name. Proclaim his salvation day after day.”

How to Join Our Band or Choirs:

Our awesome God has blessed our congregation mightily in the form of musical talent. And, throughout the years, Morrison’s congregation has certainly shown great energy in using these gifts – and rightfully so, as we’ve been instructed to do so in Psalm 96 of the treasured Word of God. It is written, “Sing to the Lord a new song. Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name. Proclaim his salvation day after day.”

How Sweet The Sound: Our Music History

Morrison’s choirs have been involved in the church for many years, using both somber and uplifting arrangements to spread God’s Word through song. Brenda (von Stein) Kuchenbecker is the current choir director of our church in this milestone 150th year; she has held this position since 1994. Before her, Jerry Radichel was director, as was Alma Ihlenfeldt (directing the ladies choir). Before them, Fritz Blauert was director, and also Edgar Blauert (directing the male choir). It is unknown who guided our choirs before them. Aside from proclaiming God’s glory through song in church, our choir has also performed in the Lakeshore Choral Fest and the Morrison sesquicentenial. Our choir’s performances at the annual Christmas Concert are especially treasured for their beautiful proof of God’s music blessings in our church.

And these talents are rich in other ways. With equal fervor, our congregation’s musically inclined members have also offered their instrumental talents to Morrison Church Band, sometimes called the “Alumni Band.” In the early years of our congregation, there was a band made up of male members. For unknown reasons, though, this band eventually dwindled out and there was no organized official band in the congregation for many decades. Certain capable members, however, would still play instruments at times in church, or small units such as a trumpet trio would perform as well, but no full band was in our midst for many years.

That changed in 1987 as our church gathered to observe its 125th anniversary. Under the guidance of teacher Brenda (von Stein) Kuchenbecker, a group of members assembled once more to proclaim God’s astonishing glory with the soothing whisper of woodwinds, the vibrant sounds of horns and the thundering presence of drums. Since this festive day, the band has remained present for the past 25 years as members both young and old have blended their talents together in the name of our Savior.

Since its reformation, our band, like the choir, has also made appearances outside of church, playing at weddings and funerals, in nursing homes, in parades, at the Manitowoc Lutheran High School Sunday Showcases as well as concerts at our school.

In addition to these organized groups, our Church’s congregation, as a whole, continues to be well-noted for their powerful singing of hymns. In 2009, a poll was taken of congregation members to select their favorite hymns. The Top 10, starting from the favorite, include Amazing Grace, In Christ Alone, On Eagle’s Wings, What A Friend We Have In Jesus, How Great Thou Art, Glorious in Majesty, Savior, Again to Thy Dear Name, The Lamb, Beautiful Savior, and Go, My Children, With My Blessing.

In addition to these musical talents shown in church, our school also is deeply entrenched with musical history. Starting in the 1970s, the school had an organized “Group Band” of students. Students throughout the years also participated in many music classes, as well as performing musicals and plays throughout the year.