2014 Summer Courses

Note: There is still time to register for summer Greek classes by the end of June. All other classes are already in session and are now unavailable for registration.

Students come from across the country to Trinity Lutheran Seminary to take courses during three weeks of intensive study and participation in worship in June. You can see all the courses listed below, or download the "Summer Course Registration."

In particular, music students enjoy the wide selection of music courses which are offered during the summer. One-week music courses are offered in the afternoons; three-week theology and liturgical choir courses are scheduled in the morning. M.A. in Church Music students direct the Liturgical Choir which sings daily in summer term. Participants also attend the summer music series: Tuesdays at Trinity.

The summer program provides the opportunity for musicians to continue in their current church position while earning the Master of Arts in Church Music degree over several summers. In addition to a flexible timeline of study, Trinity offers students access to remarkable instruments for their studies.

•    The M.A. in Church Music may be earned as a two-year full-time student
•    All courses listed may be applied for credit toward the Master of Arts in Church Music degree
•    Early registration is advised
•    Limited on-campus housing is available
•    Course fee is $479 per semester hour.
•    Daily chapel at 10:45 a.m.  Everyone is welcome to sing in the choir which is directed by M.A. in Church Music students

Course fee is $479 per semester hour; students may audit a course at half-price, or $239.50 per semester hour. Students who are 60+ may audit a course for $120 per semester hour. See registration form below for details.

pdfSummer Course Registration

WEEK ONE: June 2– 6

MN2173 Music and Liturgy, 1:00-4:30 p.m.      

May Schwarz, Professor of Church Music & Director, M.A. in Church Music Program, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Focus on developing and refining musical skills (vocal and/or instrumental) for effective leadership of hymns, psalmody, choruses, and liturgies (from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, With One Voice, This Far by Faith, Hymnal Supplement 1991, and denominational equivalents.) Students will explore new music resources, discover “how to make the music come alive” in diverse styles and contexts, and create stylistic differences (Includes paper/project to be completed outside of class. Paper/project not required for auditors). This course fills concentration core for M.A.C.M. students and Music Option for M.Div. students. Opportunities for applied learning. Two semester hours.

MN2618 Missional Church Leadership, 1:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Robert C. “Rick” Barger, President, Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Brad A. Binau, Academic Dean and Professor of Pastoral Theology, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
An examination of the contemporary context and the nature of leadership for the church, whose identity and calling is the mission of God for the sake of the world.  Specific attention will be given to the implications of leadership in the postmodern and post-Christendom realities and the need for the adaptive form of leadership. The meaning of mission itself will be explored as well as how the evangelical fabric of congregation and its ministries are woven into and formed by its witness to the community and world. Practical theologies, such as staffing and the deployment of all the people for the congregation’s mission, will be explored. One semester hour.

MN3746 J.S. Bach: Organist, Composer, Theologian, 1:00-3:15 p.m. 

Paul Thornock, Cathedral Director of Music;  Diocesan Music Consultant. St Joseph Cathedral, Columbus, Ohio www.cathedralmusic.org
Bach’s vast ourvre for the organ demonstrates his firm grasp of the Christian doctrine. This is especially evident in his Leipzig Chorales, Schubler Chorales, Orgelbuechlein, and Clavier Ubung III. Bach creates musical representations of the law, repentance, Baptism, eucharist, and other central parts of the faith. We will explore Bach’s organ works for these explicit and implicit theological gestures and discuss their impact on the informed performance of the organ works. Students will prepare one work from one of these collections and perform it for the instructor and class. Classes will take place at Saint Joseph Cathedral where students will have access to the monumental Paul Fritts organ. One semester hour.

MN2373 Children in Worship: Speech, drama and song,  4:45-7:00 p.m.

Sally Beske, Assistant Organist and Director of Youth Choirs. First Community Church, Columbus, Ohio
The material in this course will help worship leaders gain practical ways to deepen the worship experience for their congregation by including children as active worship participants. We will explore ways of incorporating youth in hymns and songs, worship activities, children’s choirs and drama. We will discuss ways of coaching youth readers that will strengthen understanding of the text by both the reader and the congregation. This course includes material on the developmental needs of children and how to create the type of environment where a child’s participation supports their spiritual growth and the growth of the congregation. Course will include Orff instruments, hand bells, singing, group discussions, hand-outs, role playing, reading and multi-media lectures. One semester hour.

WEEK TWO: June 9 – 13

MN3771 Vocal Masterclass, 1:00-3:15 p.m.  

Sharon Stohrer, Voice Faculty, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio
This course is intended as a Master class and performance workshop for traditional (“classical”) sacred music. Those singers preparing for oratorio auditions should come with a “package” of five arias in German, Latin and English from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern eras. Ideally, they will be memorized, but scores may be used. Those singers preparing the Master of Arts in Church Music degree should come to the sessions with several pieces prepared, and in most cases, memorized. These will include a lengthy chant (e.g. solo setting of Magnificat, Exultet, etc), a sacred aria from an oratorio, mass or requiem, or other masterwork; an additional aria from opera or oratorio; two solo art songs – sacred or secular; and a psalm to lead and teach to the class. It is expected that at least three different stylistic periods and three different languages will be represented in the works chosen. The week will be spent polishing and performing the repertoire. We will also share and discuss sacred music resources for soloists and small ensembles. One semester hour.

MN1704 Perspectives in Choral Conducting, 3:45-6:00 p.m.   

James Gallagher, Church Musician; Emeritus Director of Choral Activities, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Explore conducting and rehearsal techniques and repertoire. Provides opportunity to put conducting techniques into practice. Course may be repeated. One semester hour.

MN2172 Music & Worship in the African-American Tradition , 3:30-7:00 p.m   

Raymond Wise, Affiliated Professor of Church Music, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio
A study of music and worship forms of the African American Christian tradition with emphasis on historical development, an understanding of the African American aesthetic and practical applications for congregational music and worship (Includes paper/project to be completed outside of class. Paper/project not required for auditors.) This course fills concentration core for M.A.C.M. students and Music Option for M.Div. students. Two semester hours.

MN2661 A Family Systems Approach to Congregational Life, 1:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Emlyn Ott, Dean of Leadership Formation, Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Executive Director, Healthy Congregations, Inc.
The New Testament speaks of the church as a living organism – “The Body of Christ.”  The apostle Paul makes it clear that the “body of Christ” is a whole comprised of many parts, yet functioning as one.  This course will focus on one model that looks at communities of faith as a whole.  An introduction to a Bowen family systems approach to the development of healthy dynamics in communities of faith will be at the heart of the course.  The participant will gain an understanding of the processes and practices that encourage growth, challenge and resilience in communities of faith.  One semester hour.  Please note Healthy Congregations Special Opportunity associated with this class.

WEEK THREE: June 16 – 20

MN2331 Creating Relevant Worship, 1:00-3:15 p.m.   

Glenn Hecox, Lead Team, Abiding Hope Lutheran Church, Littleton, Colorado
A consistent challenge facing churches is to persistently nurture a rich worship life that resonates with who the Church is called to be amidst the cultural shifts and polarities that continually shape the world in which we live and serve. In this class, we will discuss the impact of four essential elements of worship: worship design, space, liturgy, and music. Additionally, we will creatively explore the use of each element within worship that seeks to engage all God’s people and inspires love and service beyond our walls. Participants can expect to take part in discussions that will strengthen their understanding of worship and its place in our culture, as well as engaging in activities that will help teach and inspire fresh and creative approaches for developing a healthy and relevant worship life. One semester hour.

MN2721 Music Technology for Church Musicians, 1:00-3:15 p.m.   

Justin Riley, Adjunct Instructor, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Introduces basic use of music technology for worship. Topics include music notation software, live sound reinforcement, audio recording and digital video editing.  Technology classroom facilitates a “hands-on” experience. One semester hour.

MN2706 Introduction to HandbellS, 3:45-6:00 p.m.    

Jane McFadden, Director of Handbells, Christ Lutheran Church, Bexley, Ohio; composer, arranger
Bell choirs, bell-ringing techniques, recruitment, organization, assigning bells, equipment needs, repertoire, and development of skills in bell-ringing. This course will be taught at Christ Lutheran Church, 2314 E. Main Street, Bexley, Ohio. May be credited toward applied study in M.A.C.M. curriculum. One semester hour.

MN2761 Class Guitar, 3:45-6:00 p.m.    

Brett Burleson, Adjunct Instructor, TrinityLutheran Seminary, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Captial University, and Lecturer, The Ohio State University
Designed to help students gain a basic understanding of the guitar. Focus is on chord accompaniment and reading melodies in treble clef and applying this information to music including, but not limited to, hymns and liturgies. General music theology concepts will be discussed in relation to the instrument and the musical selections. A background in reading music and/or the guitar in general are not required. One semester hour.

MN3662 Deep Change and the Church in Mission, 1:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Emlyn Ott, Dean of Leadership Formation, Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Executive Director, Healthy Congregations, Inc.
Leaders in religious life are bombarded with a host of programs and processes to manage and lead change. Making use of the eight concepts of Bowen family systems theory and current research in behavioral and congregational process, this course will focus on the development of clarity and focus in mission.  Small group and individual coaching is included.  Note: This course is an enrichment week in family systems theory and congregational life.  Enrollment is limited to those for those who have completed MN 2661“A Family Systems Approach,” have participated in family systems theory and case study groups, or who are Healthy Congregations facilitators or trainers.  Please indicate your background in family systems work when you register for this course.  One semester hour.


MN1031 Introduction to worship,  8:00-10:15 a.m.  

Joy Schroeder,Bergener Professor of Theology and Religion, Capital Uuniversity; Professor of Church History, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Course description forthcoming.

MN2711 Liturgical Choir,  10:20-11:45 a.m.

May Schwarz, Director M.A. in Church Music Program, Professor of Church Music; Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Designed to give students the opportunity to direct the Liturgical Choir and integrate their classroom learning in the context of worship. Provides opportunities for collaboration with worship planners and musicians, exploration of diverse and multi-cultural choral repertoire, and further skill development in choral conducting, worship planning, rehearsal organization, leadership, communication and music ministry. This course involves participation in daily summer chapel services. (Available for credit only for M.A.C.M. students.) All other summer students are cordially invited to sing in the choir, no registration required. One semester hour.   

July 7 - August 16

LA1021 Introduction to New Testament Greek 1, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday-Friday

(With break for daily worship at 10:30 a.m.)
E. Wray Bryant, Assistant Professor in Religion and Philosophy, Capital University
Fulfills prerequisite for M.Div. students. Three semester hours.