MUSIC

The music ministry at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church is well known throughout Omaha and is a vibrant and vital aspect of our worship services and special events. Our music ministry includes children, youth, and adult choirs, bells, strings, brass, woodwinds, and our historic 47 rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, providing unique opportunities for all ages to share the gospel of Jesus Christ through the gift of sacred music.

Adult Choir

Our Adult Choir sings most Sundays at the 9 AM and 11 AM worship services, as well as throughout the year for festive liturgies. Through sacred works and festive hymns, our adult choir provides life and energy to our many worship services. Rehearsals are held Sundays at 7:45 AM and 10 AM. Additional rehearsals are held on the first Wednesday of the month, 7:00-8:30 PM. If you are interested in joining the choir, contact Barb Carlsen, Director of Music and Fine Arts, in the church office at 402-341-7761 or by email: barb@kmlchurch.org.

Handbell Choir

This choir prepares music to be included at a Sunday worship service once a month. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM. If are interested in joining the handbell choir, contact the Danny Bos, Handbell Choir Director, at the church office at (402) 341-7761.

High School and Middle School Youth Choir

The Middle School/High School Youth Choir welcomes all youth in grades 6-12! Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays from 5:45 – 6:30 p.m. and occasionally on Sunday mornings. Youth Choir offers a special place to share God’s word through song, build on faith, grow vocally and musically and serve God and those around us. In addition to sharing at many Sunday services, the Youth Choir sings at the Thanksgiving Eve service, Candlelight Carol Sing, Ash Wednesday service and also joins the Adult Choir for Easter Sunday services.

At recent Pentecost services the Youth Choir collaborated with the Omaha Burundi Choir, joining in song and dance! In 2016 the Youth Choir shared “We Are Called”; a service of anthems, congregational hymns, instrumental music, scripture and poetic readings, all led by the youth of Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church. We love to sing and we hope that you will join us as we joyfully proclaim the message of God’s amazing love!  If you’re interested in participating or have questions please contact Janet Campbell at janet@kmlchurch.org or the church office at (402) 341-7761.

Children’s Choirs

The Cherub Choir is for children kindergarten through second grade. The Good News Singers choir is for children in grades 3 through 5. Both choirs practice weekly and typically sing and anthem during the 9 AM or 11 AM worship services on the second Sunday of the month alternating between the two services.

Instrumentalists

Brass, string, and woodwind ensembles compliment the music ministries at Kountze Memorial and play during many of our worship services throughout the year. If you are interested in playing, contact Barb Carlsen in the church office at (402) 341-7761.

Historic Aeolian-Skinner Organ

Built by the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. of Boston, Massachusetts in 1949 and originally dedicated on Oct. 15, 1950, our organ commemorates the sacrifice made by Kountze’s members in the Armed Forces. It is one of the finest instruments of its kind in the country containing 46 ranks and some 3,000 pipes. A $1.1 million refurbishment and chamber expansion was completed in late 2014. Dedicatory organ concerts were held throughout 2015 that welcomed guest organists from around the country. Today, our historic organ continues to provide beautiful sacred music for our weekly worship services. Click HERE to learn more about our historic organ.