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
Bill Ickstadt serves as the music director at Immanuel Lutheran Church and music instructor for kindergarten through eighth grade at Immanuel Lutheran School. He grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
He has been serving as Lutheran Church for 26 years. Bill is married to Kathy who teaches fifth grade at Immanuel School.
Contemporary Music Arts
Matthew Rasmussen serves as the contemporary worship arts director leading Eighth Day and contemporary worship on Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. He grew up in Kirkland, Illinois, and holds an undergraduate degree in Concordia Chicago, IL.
He has been serving as Lutheran Church for 3 years. Matthew is married to Sarah and they have three children.
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At Immanuel, we believe that you can be transformed by experiencing life with God in Christ. Our mission is to equip people for this kind of transformation by connecting people with Christ in a life of worship, learning, and service, whether you are exploring Christianity for the first time or grew up attending church.