Music at Redeemer

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.  Psalm 98:4

Dear Friends of Music,

Music ranks second only to theology in the Lutheran tradition.  Consequently, Redeemer welcomes children, youth, and adults to grow in faith and nurture their musical gifts through a diverse spectrum of sacred music.  Now is the time to get involved in this exciting time of musical rejuvenation!  Our groups rehearse weekly and enhance our worship through joyful songs of praise that proclaim the good news of the Gospel.  There is a music ensemble for everyone, and there is a special place for you.  Psalm 33:3 proclaims that we as God’s people should sing to him a new song, and play skillfully with a shout of joy. Come and be a part of the musical life and excitement. Musically yours, 

Heike Burghart Rice, Director of Music Ministries 

Interested in joining a group?

If you would like to learn more about our music groups or would like to join one, please feel free to contact our Director of Music Ministries, Heike Burghart Rice.

O: 630-323-5530

F: 630-323-5604


Festival.ChoirFestival Choir

Wednesdays 7:30-9:00pm

The Festival Choir is an established leader in Redeemer’s music program, presenting a variety of stylistically diverse music each week ranging from traditional chestnuts to folk melodies and spirituals. All youth and adults are welcome. No audition is required.

Alleluia RingersAlleluia Ringers

Wednesdays 5:45-6:45pm

The junior high to adult handbell choir rings four shimmering octaves of Schulmerich handbells and three octaves of handchimes.  No audition is required, although ringing does require some music reading ability.

Contemporary EnsemblePraise Band

1st and 3rd Thursdays 6:00-7:00pm

This ensemble is for singers and instrumentalists who enjoy a contemporary style of worship music.  Open to all youth and adults.

‘They rejoice at the sound of the organ’.  Job 21:12

Organ1Redeemer’s organ was built and installed by the Berghaus Organ Company Inc. of Bellwood, Illinois as part of the sixtieth anniversary celebration of the congregation.  Dedication of the organ was on October 21, 1984 with a morning service followed by an evening recital by Paul Manz. The two manual, 24 stop, 30 rank, 1,500 pipe tracker instrument is eloquently crafted out of red oak, rosewood, boxwood, and maple. One interesting feature of the organ is the set of pipes that project horizontally into the nave. The 16’ Regal stop, common in many European organs, creates a distinctive solo color, and when built in 1984, it was the first Regal en Chamade in the Chicago area.

In 2013, the organ was renovated by Berghaus, which included revoicing and rescaling of multiple ranks, new reeds, and extensive cleaning.  The instrument is heard weekly leading the congregation in joyful worship through the singing of liturgy and hymns, choral accompaniments, and solo literature.


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