FIRSt lutheran Church

Music Arts Series



The OPUS 50

Parsons Pipe Organ
Three Manuals, 57 Stops, 51 Ranks

Music is an integral part of First Lutheran Church and its mission.

Our redesigned sanctuary offers excellent acoustics.

Our congregation has been blessed with several fine instruments: the Opus 50 Pipe Organ, by Parsons Pipe Organ Builders of Canandaigua, NY; two newly refurbished grand pianos by Premier Pianos of Walker, IA; and a refurbished harpsichord.


Through this concert series we will be able to share the gift of music and these instruments with the community. It is our hope that these concerts and events will bring inspiration and joy throughout the year.


Spring Serenades

Mini-Concerts following noon worship
at approximately 12:30 p.m.

    • February 21 - Lisa Wissenberg, Clarinet
    • March 6 - Jane Triplett, Flute
    • Just added: March 13 - Lee Prostine, Cello
    • March 20 - Stephanie Michalicek, Soprano


Brown bag lunch available to-go or to enjoy together following the concerts. The concerts are free, and lunch is by free-will offering. 


— Concerts —

A summary of concert events is below, or

click here for the 2023-24 Concert Calendar Details

  • First Lutheran Music Steinway Piano



    The Wolgasts
    in Concert

    This annual fall event features
    Brett and Marita Wolgast, members of First Lutheran's staff for over 30 years.


    Lunch in the Loft

    Music for the Seasons

    Midday Wednesday concerts of holiday music in December performed by organists and musicians from the Cedar Rapids community.

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  • Organists of lowa

    This annual concert features an organist from one of Iowa's colleges and universities.



    Spring Serenades
    In March, area college music faculty will present mini concerts on Wednesdays at noon.



    Sing Out!
    A Hymn Festival

    This late-spring event performed by various choirs and instrumentalists of First Lutheran Church with inspirational words and songs.

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  • Pipes, Pedals & Pie

    Monthly summer concerts feature church organists and other musicians from the Eastern Iowa corridor followed by an "old-fashioned" pie & ice cream social.



    Great American Organists
    Biennial concerts presented by America's renowned concert organists on the Parsons Opus 50 Pipe Organ.

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— Support the Series —

Your donation will be used for musicians’ honorariums and accommodations, concert series publicity and food. Our goal is for this Musical Arts Series to be sustainable annually, through voluntary contributions, with free admission made available to all concert attendees.

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Other ways to Contribute:

Donate by Mail:
Please provide similar information to this form, and mail contributions to:
First Lutheran Church
1000 3rd Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403



To sponsor a specific event,

please contact Brett Wolgast at brettw@firstlutherancr.org

or (319) 365-1494.




First Lutheran is an exempt organization as described in
Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.