The American choral conductor, Martin P. Dicke, was born in the Enga Province Papua New Guinea where his parents served as missionaries for twenty years. A perpetual student of the choral art, he has obtained his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (1980-1987), and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa (1998-2008). He has sung under or worked with conductors such as Robert Shaw, Weston Noble, Eric Ericson and most recently Raymond Erickson.
After attending Concordia University, St. Paul, Martin Dicke served churches in both Minnesota and Iowa, taught at a Lutheran high school for fifteen years, founded and directed a select choir in St. Paul/Minneapolis for ten years, and conducted the Chamber Singers of Iowa City for three (September 1999-May 2002). Martin is the Dean of the Peoria Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Martin Dicke has been Cantor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Peoria, Illinois since 2002. As Cantor he plans worship services, directs several ensembles, serves as primary organist, oversees the Trinity Concert Series, and serves as the Co-Director of the Peoria Bach Festival since April 2003.
His latest composition - Fanfare, Fugue, and Chorale on CRUCIFER for brass choir - was recently premiered at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in connection with the opening of the Concordia Historical Institute's Exhibit "Bring Christ to the Highlands: Painting a Portrait of Early Lutheran Mission Work in Papua New Guinea".