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Mark Bangert (Choral Conductor)

Born: USA

The American choral conductor, Mark P. Bangert, received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology degrees from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, and the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Minnesota. He had additional studies at Indiana University; Northwestern University; St. John's University, Collegeville; Ruhija Church Music School, Tanzania; Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music, Manila, Philippines. An accomplished musician, Bangert studied performance and conducting with several world-renowned artists, including Robert Bergt of the Musachino Institute, Tokyo, Japan, and C. Thomas Stacy of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Pursuing an interest in multicultural church music, he studied in Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Taiwan and the Philippines. He took the master-class in conducting with Helmuth Rilling at Oregon Bach Festival.

Ordained in 1965, Mark Bangert served congregations in Illinois and Missouri and taught at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., and Christ Seminary-Seminex before joining the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) faculty in 1983 as Christ Seminary-Seminex associate professor of worship and music. One of his passions is the music of J.S. Bach - about which he produces scholarly writing and yearly performances of Bach cantatas (Bach Cantata Series - Saint Luke Church). He also loves ethno-musicology, and has studied church music in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Manila, Bali, Thailand, and Bangalore, India. He chaired the task force that produced the 1982 Occasional Services book. Bangert served as a consultant for the new Evangelical Lutheran Book of Worship. He lives in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood with his wife Kristi.

Mark Bangert is the John H. Tietjen professor of pastoral theology: worship, and music at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago where he teaches courses in worship and music and is co-director of the Chapel Music Series. In addition, he is the Saint Luke Bach Choir Artistic director and scholar in residence at Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Luke, Chicago.

Mark Bangert has published widely in the area of church music; is a member of an international study group on Bach research; and was a USA representative to a five-year Lutheran World Federation study team on worship and culture. Bangert has written many chapters in publications of the International Society for Theological Bach Research. He has organized and conducted the annual "Bach for the Sem" LSTC benefit concert for the past 15 years. Bangert recently served as a consultant for the new Evangelical Lutheran Book of Worship.

Published Works

Review of “Christian Music: A Global History” by Tim Dowley in Currents in Theology and Mission Vol. 40 No. 2 (April, 2013) 139-140
“How My Mind Has Changed” Currents in Theology and Mission, Vol 38, No 2 (April, 2011) 90 - 92.
“Liturgy and Stewardship,” Currents in Theology and Mission Vol.36 No. 5 (October 2009): 341-349
“Bach and His Secular Cantatas: A Case Study,” Currents in Theology and Mission, Vol. 35, No. 5 (October 2008): 330-339
"The Meaning of the Great Three Days as Context for the Passions of Bach," Passion, Affekt und

Leidenschaft in der Fruehen Neuzeit (Wolfenbuettel: Herzog-August Bibliothek, 2005)
Book Review Essay on Renate Steiger's Gnadengegenwart, Johann Sebastian Bach im Kontext Lutherischer Orthodoxie und Froemigkeit,in Bach. Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute XXXV/2, 60-68, 2004.
"The Gospel about Gospel-The Power of the Ring," Currents, 31/4, 246-259, August 2004.
Lutheran Consultant and author of 25 articles, Worship Music A Concise Dictionary (Liturgical Press, 2000)
"The Nunc Dimittis in Cantatas of J.S. Bach: A Note of Death or a Note of Life? A Chapter in the History of Cantata Reception in the U.S.A." In Johann Sebastian Bachs Kantaten: Zum Thema Tod und Sterben und Ihr Literarisches Umfeld (Hannover, Germany: Herzog August Bibliothek WolfenbŸttel, 2000)
"Africa," Leading the Peoples Song (Augsburg Fortress, 1999)
"Morning and Evening Prayer," Encountering God. Birthday Volume for Lutheran Book of Worship, 1999.
"Contemporary Contextualisation of the Cantatas for Annunciation: Problems and Prospects," Proceedings of International Society for theological Bach Research.
"Holy Communion: Taste and See," Inside Out: Worship in an Age of Mission (Fortress, 1999)
"The Prayers of the Community." In Encountering God (Minneapolis: Kirk House, 1998)
"Liturgical Music, Culturally Tuned." Liturgy and Music: Lifetime Learning, ed. Robin Leaver and Joyce Ann Zimmermann. (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1998)
"The Changing Fortunes of Festum Visitationis among Lutherans and Cantata
BWV 147 and BWV 10." In Die Quellen Johann Sebastian Bachs Musik im Gottesdienst, ed. Renate Steiger. Heidelberg: Manutius, 1998.
"A School of Te Deums." Currents in Theology and Mission, 24/3 (1997) 185-193.
"Institution of the Lord's Supper in J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion." In Das Blut Jesu und die Lehre von der Ver Sohnung im Werk Johann Sebastian Bachs (Amsterdam: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1996)
"How Does One Go About Multicultural Worship?" In What Does "Multicultural" Worship Look Like? (Augsburg, 1996)

Source: Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (June 2014)

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