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Music and Theatrics

ILC Newsletter

Every other month we get an update on what’s been happening recently at our
Immanuel Lutheran High School, College and Seminary in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Students come to Immanuel with many different God-given gifts—physical, mental, social, spiritual, academic, athletic, and musical. At ILC we strive to provide opportunities both to develop their various gifts and to help them learn to use these gifts for building up one another.

In the area of music, besides offering music classes on both the high school and college level, students may also enroll in piano or organ for private instruction—which this year culminated in a joint recital in the field house on the afternoon of December 9, the Sunday before semester finals began.

Another opportunity for instrumental involvement is the Concert Band, which meets two or three times a week, and is directed by Professors Gullerud and Kranz. This group serves as a “pep band” for varsity volleyball and basketball games, and also provides several small concerts during the fall semester.

On November 9th, the evening of the college department Visitors’ Day, one of these concerts served to introduce the fall musical Willy Wonka Jr.. That musical theater production involved the singing and acting abilities of students eighteen and under, helped by the directing skills of college students. On the evening of the second musical performance, November 10th, the concert time was given to various students to perform music which they have prepared on their own.

The other band concert is customarily played at Messiah Lutheran Church as part of the ILC Christmas Concert. Also included on that program are selections by the ILC Flute Choir, organized by Mrs. Laurie Lau. The climax of the Christmas Concert is the joyful sound of praises offered to the Christ-child by the student body concert choir (over one hundred voices) and the smaller tour choir.

It is our hope that the talents developed on the Immanuel campus may continue to be used to the Savior’s glory for many years after school days are over.

Paul Schaller is a professor at Immanuel Lutheran College in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He is the faculty advisor for theatrics.