Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
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Music at Gloria Dei

The Lutheran Church has a long history of amazing music and musicians beginning with Martin Luther who wrote hundreds of hymns for congregational singing. Another Lutheran composer, Johann Sebastian Bach continued that classical tradition, with many of his great works sung and played regularly in churches and Lutheran colleges and universities today.  With other great Lutheran composers such as Handel and Mendelssohn, we are overjoyed to have this as our heritage and we work to express "Gloria Dei" - glory to God - through our choirs, special music, concerts, solos, etc.








 


 


























Steve Sivcovich, music director

Steve Sivcovich began his piano studies at the age of six under the guidance of his grandmother, a European-trained pianist. During his formative years he studied with Dorothy Noonan of Sacramento and continued his studies at the Julliard School and the Peabody Institute. As a solo pianist and accompanist he has collaborated with conductors Carmen Dragon, Maurice Allard, Paul Salamunovich, Sergio Commissiona, Carmine Coppola, and Harry Newstone. He has worked as a coach/accompanist for Opera-by-Sea, opera Pacific, San Diego Opera, and Lyric Opera San Diego and was on the staff at Saddleback College. In 2003, he was the organist for San Diego-based professional choir Cappella Gloriana for their tour of Germany. He has been organist/pianist for Gloria Dei since February of 1990. In his spare time, Steve has a variety of hobbies including photography, traveling with his wife, Patti, collecting old books, miniature pianos, and videos and dvds of classic movies and opera performances.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Sanctuary Choir.
The Sanctuary Choir is our adult choir that practices on Thursdays at 7:30pm.  They sing for worship from September - May.  All levels of ability are welcome!  Questions, please speak with Steve Sivcovich or call the church office.

Bell Choir.                                                
The Three Octave Bell Choir plays on special occasions for worship and holy days.  Teenagers and adults enjoy playing with this group. Questions, please speak with director, Kathy Person.

Children.                                                         The Children's Music director is Kathy Person. She leads a preschool - elementary choir that sings regularly and practices on Sunday mornings during the school year at 9:40am. Children sing regularly in worship at Gloria Dei.  Our Preschool also sings several times/year, as well our Sunday school department.  Our elementary age Sunday school department has a musical opening before every Sunday school.  They meet in the lower classes, underneath the fellowship hall for their musical opening.

Special Music.                                                Instrumentalists of all sorts provide special music on a regular basis (both adult and youth).  Gloria Dei is also blessed with outstanding vocal soloists that sing on a regular basis.

 

Liturgy.                                                     
Gloria Dei's morning worship is generally "liturgical."  The word "liturgy" means literally "the work of the people."  We follow a pattern of worship--prayers, songs, scripture reading, Holy Communion--that has been around since the time of the Apostles.  The important thing to remember is that when you worship at Gloria Dei, the liturgy/chanting/pattern is simply scripture.  So as you learn it, you are memorizing scripture.  (Even our 5pm Sunday evening service, while more contemporary does follow this pattern as well.) We see each Sunday as a celebration of Easter and the joy of the resurrection.  Therefore, our worship is energetic, hopeful, and helpful for daily living.

Listen to another great Lutheran, Johann Sebastian Bach with "wood" instruments:

 

 

 

 

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