Music in worship varies from season to season. We enjoy and treasure organ music. We also use a wide variety of musical instruments – strings, flute, piano, saxophone, oboe, brass chorus, hand bells, drums and more. We treasure both older hymns and newer songs. Choirs, as well as solo singers, play a significant role in leading our worship.
While the pattern remains the same, we use a variety of musical resources such as the Lutheran Book of Worship, Lutheran Service Book, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, “Now the Feast and Celebration” and “Holden Evening Prayer” by Marty Haugen, and “A New Song,” by Michael Burkhardt.
Our Children’s Choirs sing several times per month during the school year. We have four choirs; Genesis (grades K-1), Hosanna (grades 2-3), Alleluia (grades 4-5) and Jubilate (grades 6-8).
Canticle Choir (Vocal Choir)
The Canticle Choir rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. During lent the choir rehearses on Thursdays at 7:00 pm. We are always looking for people who love to sing in service to the church. If you have the ability to match pitches you are a candidate for this choir.
Chamber Choir (Vocal Choir)
The Vigil Choir sings for the Easter Vigil and rehearses the two Saturdays prior to Easter. All ages are welcome to sing in the Vigil Choir. Family Choirs are created for other occasions such as anniversaries and installations.
Strings, Woodwinds & Percussion etc
We are interested in using a wide variety of instruments in the music ministry. If you are interested in playing, please contact Music Director William Ickstadt.
Music Director William Ickstadt
William Ickstadt serves as choir director and organist as well as the music educator for Immanuel’s School. He grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and holds an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Church Music and graduate degrees in Church Music and Business Administration.
He has been serving as Lutheran Church Musician for 35 years and at Immanuel Lutheran Church for 26 years. William is married to Kathleen who is Immanuel’s Fifth Grade homeroom teacher and lower grade choir director.