Organists of Iowa Concert Series

Dr. Gregory Peterson in Concert

Sunday, January 29, 2023,

3:00 p.m.
Internationally acclaimed Dr. Gregory Peterson presents  the first installment on our “Organists of Iowa” series. Dr. Peterson has been sought as a recitalist for major venues across the US and EU throughout his intrepid career, and has recently retired as Professor of Music from Luther College in Decorah, IA. 

Reception following the concert.
Event is free and open to the public.

A Live-stream of the concert will also be available at

Dr. Gregory Peterson in Concert — The first performance in our Organists of Iowa concert series is on Sunday, January 29, 2023 at 3 p.m. The Concert is free and open to the public with refreshments served following.

Dr. Greory Peterson has been acclaimed for recitals across the US and EU, and has recently retired from Luther College in Decorah. Prior to his tenure at Luther College, Dr. Peterson served the historic Old South Church in Boston, Massachusetts as Organist and Minister of Music from 1997–2005. He also served in positions at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota from 1993-1996, and Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, as well as churches in Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, and Washington. He is active in the American Guild of Organists and is a frequent workshop leader at various conferences. For the past ten seasons, he has served as organist for the annual Christmas Festival concerts by the National Lutheran Choir.

Music Ministries

First Lutheran has a vibrant and extensive music ministry. Our music ministry expresses praise to God through song and makes an invaluable addition to our worship services. We have ten different musical groups that span all ages of First Lutheran members. During the “program year,” the various groups contribute to our worship services on a rotating basis.  First Lutheran’s vocal and handbell choirs rehearse in the fall, winter, and spring. Below is a list of groups and rehearsal times. If you’d like to be a part of First Lutheran’s Music Ministry, just come to a rehearsal!

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Vocal Choirs

    • Rehearses: 4:45-5:10 p.m. Wednesdays
    • Ages: Kindergarten-2nd Grade
    • Rehearses: 5:15-5:50 p.m. Wednesdays
    • Ages: Grades 3-5
    • Rehearses: 5:30- 6 p.m. Wednesdays
    • Ages: Grades 6-8
    • Rehearses: 7-8:15 p.m. Wednesdays
    • Ages: High School and above

Hand Bells

    • Rehearses: 5-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays
    • Ages: Grades 6-12
    • Rehearses: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays
    • Ages: Post High School

Celebration Praise Team

First Lutheran’s weekly 11 a.m.

Celebration Worship Service is uplifting and inspiring. It is led by our staff worship leader along with a team of volunteer musicians and singers from our congregation. Music heard throughout the service is a blending of electronic and acoustic instruments covering a wide range of styles from songs that connect us to our Lutheran heritage as well as popular praise music by today’s top Christian recording artists.

Ages: Middle School and above

Rehearsal: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays

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