Women’s Choir has enjoyed a long history on the campus of Martin Luther College. For many years, an all-women’s choral group functioned as a student-directed group, called the Aeolians. Joyce Schubkegel, who led the group renamed as The Dr. Martin Luther College Treble Choir, directed for twenty eight years. Since Prof. Schubkegel’s retirement from the directorship, other faculty have led the choral group, now known as The Martin Luther College Women’s Choir. Among recent directors are Dr. Wayne Wagner, Prof. Robert Potratz, and Kathryn Wurster. Prof. Grace Hennig took over the director’s baton in the fall of 2013 and is the present conductor.
Prof. Grace Hennig
Prof. Hennig served in the full-time ministry at Good Shepherd Lutheran School in Downers Grove, IL, at Dr. Martin Luther College as an instructor, and at Michigan Lutheran Seminary as tutor. Prof. Hennig has served as a parish musician at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Garden Grove, CA, and Emanuel Lutheran Church in New London, WI. Her pursuit of continuing education began at Concordia University, River Forest, IL, where she earned a master’s degree in church music. In 2013, Prof. Hennig earned a BA in music with an emphasis in composition from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and presently, continues her music education at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.
Through the Women’s Choir Prof. Hennig hopes to continue the worthy tradition of a cappella singing established at the campus in New Ulm from its beginning years. She exposes choir members to a variety of repertoire spanning from simple choral settings to more challenging works of the choral canon and new music. A central focus of the repertoire is choral music that edifies the Lutheran church at worship.