Music and Arts

Central Music & Arts strives to present a mosaic of artistic expressions in a setting where faith, music, & arts thrive.


This season we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Central’s magnificient pipe-organ with three outstanding recitalists, plus a Hymn Festival led by Dr. David Cherwien with the National Lutheran Choir.

We also mark the centenary of British composer Benjamin Britten with a his spectacular Cantata “Rejoice in the Lamb”, the serene “Ceremony of Carols”, and solo Cello suites.

We welcome guest musicians from Winona State University, St. Mary’s University (Winona), Luther College, Gustavus Adolphus College, Carthage College, and our frequent friends at The Winona HIMS and the Winona Oratorio Chorus.

Faith & Art combine spectacularly in a fall exhibit of the St. John’s Bible at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum.

Come celebrate the Arts at Central!

Illuminating the Word: St. John’s Bible at Marine Art Museum

Sundays September 8 & 22 — 1:00 pm

It’s “Central Lutheran Church Day” at Winona’s famed Minnesota Marine Art Museum.  Enjoy a docent-led tour witnessing hand-written pages from the first fully Illuminated Bible in centuries.  Reservations Required! Contact the church office at 507.452.5156 or email CLCmusic@hbci.com

Music for Violin & Organ

Sunday September 15, 2013 – 8:00 & 10:30 am Service

Dr. Chun Chim (David) Leung, violin & orchestral director for St. Mary’s University, Winona, joins Central organist Erik Floan in works by Bach & Rheinberger.

Erik Floan, organ recital

Sunday September 29, 2013 – 2:00 pm

Erik Floan is Director of Worship, Music, and Arts at Central Lutheran Church, Winona where he leads worship and arts planning, serves as organist, and directs the choirs. 

 He is also a studio instructor in organ for Saint Mary’s University, Winona.  Prior to Winona, for nearly two decades he served two Seattle-area churches.  He holds degrees in Church Music and Organ from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

Rejoice in the Lamb — Benjamin Britten

Sunday October 6, 2013 -- 10:30 am Service

WSU Concert Choir

Central welcomes the Winona State University Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Harry Mechell performing one of Britten’s most popular and interesting works as part of Central’s Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis Day (bring your pet to church today!).

Suites for Solo Cello — Benjamin Britten

Sunday November 10, 2013 -- 10:30 am Service

Dr. Paul Vance is Professor of Cello and Director of Orchestral Activities at Winona State University. Vance holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Cello Performance from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), a Master of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Music and Stringed Instruments from Minnesota State University-Moorhead.

Advent Vespers

Sunday December 1, 3:00 pm

Welcome Advent & Christmas with carols, poetry, & music by Bach, Christiansen, and Praetorius.  Performers include Choristers, Children’s singers, & handbells.

A Ceremony of Carols — Benjamin Britten

Christmas Eve 2013 — 9:30 & 11:00 pm Services

Enjoy a blessed Christmas Eve with the angelic sounds of Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols for Treble voices and Harp.  Sung by Central choristers & guests.

David Lim, organ recital

Sunday January 26, 2014 – 2:00 pm

David Lim is a junior Biology & Music Performance double major at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, and Organ Scholar at First Lutheran Church, also of St. Peter (First Lutheran is home to Central’s “Mother” instrument, after which CLC’s organ was designed). 

 He is both a Jussi Björling and Gustavus Music Scholarship winner currently studying with Dr. Chad Winterfeldt. David is a member of the Choir of Christ Chapel and the Gustavus Handbell Choir.

Hymn Festival with David Cherwien & National Lutheran Choir

Saturday March 1, 2014 – 7:00 pm

The National Lutheran Choir, under the artistic direction of Dr. David Cherwien, is a 27-year old choral organization with a mission to strengthen, renew and preserve the heritage of sacred choral music through the highest standards of performance and literature. The choir’s rich and diverse repertoire ranges from early chant to new compositions and from simple folk anthems to complex orchestral masterworks. Members of the NLC are drawn from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and beyond for weekly rehearsals and local and national performances. The ensemble presents a wide range of choral works in concert and worship settings, leads workshops in choral techniques, hymnody and liturgy, commissions and publishes new compositions, and broadcasts and records extensively.

Carthage College Women’s Ensemble

Sunday March 23, 2014 – 4:30 pm

The 40-voice Carthage College (Kenosha, WI) Women’s Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Peter Dennee, sings music from all genres of choral music for female voices. The choir performs on and off campus and has performed in Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; Bratislava; Dresden; Prague & Vienna.

Winona State University Women’s Chorus

Sunday March 30, 2013 -- 10:30 am Service

The WSU Women’s Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Harry Mechell, is a choral ensemble dedicated to rehearsing and performing choral music written for women’s voices. The year’s schedule consists of several major concerts, including the popular Messiah Sing-In.

Winona Oratorio Chorus: Music for the Masses

Sunday April 13, 3:00 pm

The Winona Oratorio Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Harry Mechell, is an auditioned ensemble of community members, Winona State University faculty and staff, and college students who are unified by their love of singing.  Members are of all ages and walks of life who simply want to bring great choral music to the Winona community.

St. Mary’s University Chamber Singers

Sunday April 27, 2013 -- 10:30 am Service

The St. Mary’s University (Winona) select Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Patrick O’Shea, consists of 24 to 28 advanced singers. The Chamber Singers focus on challenging repertoire from the Renaissance to the present, especially a cappella works.

Brad Schultz, organ recital

Sunday May 18, 2014 – 2:00 pm

Brad Schultz teaches Sacred Music and applied organ at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in addition to serving as musician for worship services in Luther’s Center for Faith and Life. He holds the Master of Sacred Music degree from Emory University in Atlanta, and the Bachelor’s Degree from Luther College. Brad also serves as the accompanist for the Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir and as artistic director of the Madison (Wisconsin) Area Concert Handbells.

The Winona Hims

Sunday in June, 2014 – Morning Service

The Winona Hims are dedicated to the quality singing of gospel, patriotic, and other music, both old and new, for the purpose of uplifting and encouraging God’s people.  The HIMS are a not-for-profit organization which delights in dedicating all profits realized from our efforts to charities and needy individuals in the greater Winon