Music at Redeemer
True to the Lutheran tradition, music is a vital component of worship at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, an expression of beauty and praise and a means of congregational participation.
Hymns are selected to complement the readings of the day. They may be Lutheran chorales, beloved hymns from other European countries or the African-American tradition, songs of faith from Latin America or Africa, or early American or contemporary hymns.
The choir supports congregational singing and supplies musical elements of the
liturgy in addition to singing two anthems during the service. The music is usually
classical but may also be drawn from other cultures and styles.
A few choir members are professional musicians, while most are lay people with a
love of music. Anyone who likes to sing and can sing in parts is invited to join.
The choir sings at Sunday morning worship and special worship services from
September through May. It rehearses Wednesday evenings at 7:15 p.m. and
Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m.
Worship at Redeemer is supported by the rich tones of the Martin Ott pipe organ, dedicated in 1991. It provides a broad spectrum of sound for classical and contemporary music.
Our Handbell choir is made up of adult and youth volunteers who ring at Sunday worship
and on festivals. We also ring handbells to augment the choir and cantors as they chant
the litergy and psalms.
OTHER INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
In addition to organ and piano, many instruments, from wind, string and brass to African
and Latin American percussion instruments, are incorporated into music for Sunday
morning worship. A variety of instruments make up a large Easter orchestra for Easter
Sunday. We encourage interested instrumentalists to share their skills on Easter or throughout the year.
Redeemer's recently refurbished worship space is available to the community for public concerts. Our sanctuary, which seats up to 500 persons, has excellent acoustics with a beautiful hardwood floor and stained glass windows. There is flexible performance space for choirs, orchestra, organ and other instruments. To inquire about renting space please contact our church office manager at or 651-227-8295.
Director of Music
Molly Raben is a freelance musician and graduated from St. Olaf College in 2013, where she studied organ and French horn, played in the St. Olaf Band, and sang in the St. Olaf Cantorei. She
teaches piano in Minneapolis, and has had many interesting musical opportunities over the last few years - as an organist, working with children’s choirs, and playing French horn in various
ensembles. Her most significant teachers recently have included the Mojave Desert and the banks of the Mississippi. Alongside her dog Joni, she has had many lessons in listening while hiking among the flora and fauna on her favorite trails. She looks forward to bringing these experiences to worship at Redeemer.