The New Dimension Fund
How oft in making music we have found
A NEW DIMENSION in the world of sound
As worship moved us to a more profound
(text by Fred Pratt Green, 1903-2000)
© 1972 Hope Publishing Co.
Spurred to action through the calling expressed in the second stanza of the hymn, "When in Our Music God is Glorified," the Concordia Wind Orchestra counts as an important part of its mission its function in Lutheran worship. Expanding a tradition dating back to the early Baroque, when wind instruments were used for worship in music by Gabrieli, Schutz, Praetorius, and Bach, the wind orchestra brings a spectacular "concerted" style to modern liturgical worship.
The New Dimension Fund supports the creation of wind band music for use in the church by commissioning festive hymn arrangements and other worship music. Since most published music for bands is geared toward school concert needs, the CWO needs to commission music to assist its worship ministry.
Contributions of any amount are welcomed. Gifts of $1000 or more can include a specific commission request honoring your church, a loved one, or a special occasion. In addition, a goal of this fund is to establish an endowment which can perpetually support new music for worship.
The Concordia Wind Orchestra serves many churches through appearances throughout Southern California and the United States, representing Concordia University of Irvine, California, and its mission as a Great Commission university.
To contribute, please send a check, payable to "Concordia University Foundation"
The New Dimension Fund
c/o Jeff Held
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612
For gifts of $1000 or more, please contact the music director of the Concordia Wind Orchestra to discuss your dedication:
New Dimension Fund Commissions to Date
- Evening Prayer - a setting for piano, vibraphone, glockenspiel, cantor, and
congregation by Alex Guebert '10.
- He's Risen! He's Risen! - a hymn concertato for wind orchestra, organ,
and choir by Charles Raasch
- Lamb of God (LSB 963) - orchestration of Jeffrey Blersch setting of
the *Agnus Dei* (2 fl, ob, 3 cl, alto cl, b cl, alto sax) by Jeff Held
- "Lessons from Birds and Such" - a dramatic reading based on Psalm 81
which leads into the singing of "This is the Feast" by Thea Gavin (CUI
- Our Paschal Lamb, That Sets Us Free - hymn accompaniment to REGION
THREE (Walter Pelz hymn tune) for woodwinds by Alex Guebert '10
- God of Grace and God of Glory - a hymn accompaniment for full orchestra by
- When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - a hymn accompaniment for full orchestra
by Christian Guebert '10
- Divine Service Setting 1 - wind orchestra accompaniments to "This is
the Feast," "Alleluia," "Holy, Holy, Holy," and "Thank the Lord" by Alex
- Hark the Herald Angels Sing - an orchestration for wind orchestra of
Mack Wilberg's arrangement of this Christmas hymn, by Alex Guebert '10 and
Christian Guebert '10
- Jeff Held orchestrated Paul Manz's beloved concertato on "Praise to the Lord the Almighty," which was originally scored for organ, brass quartet, choir, and congregation.
- Jeff Held orchestrated K. Lee Scott's "Have You Not Known?", which was originally scored for organ, brass quartet, choir, and congregation.
- Christian Guebert '10 composed an original setting of the hymn "Whatever Gifts We Have Received" for the Concordia Wind Orchestra and congregation. The hymn text was written by Stephen Starke in honor of Concordia's graduating Class of 2010, of which Christian was a member. Christian is now working on a master's degree in composition at Cal State Fullerton.
- Alex Guebert '10 composed an original setting of the hymn "We All Are One in Mission" for the Concordia Wind Orchestra and congregation. Alex is now working on a master's degree in composition at Cal State Long Beach.
- Michael Burkhardt composed an original setting of the hymn "Lord You Call Us As Your People." The hymn text was written by Concordia professor, Rev. Dr. Steven P. Mueller '86, on the occasion of the inauguration of President Kurt J. Krueger. Burkhardt, who is internationally known as a church music composer, organist, and clinician, was commissioned to compose this setting for the Concordia Wind Orchestra, choir, and congregation.
- Evening Prayer - an accompaniment for wind orchestra and cantor (Charles Raasch)
- My Song is Love Unknown - hymn accompaniment for wind orchestra and organ (Charles Raasch)
- No Tramp of Soldiers' Marching Feet - hymn accompaniment for wind orchestra and organ (Charles Raasch)
- Come Holy Ghost Our Souls Inspire - hymn accompaniment for wind orchestra (Charles Raasch)