Immanuel Lutheran Church
Baltimore, MD   |   Worship every Sunday at 10am

Musical Ministry at Immanuel


Director of Music

Muriel Hopkins


            Mrs. Hopkins is an experienced Peabody Conservatory and Towson University trained Organist, Pianist, and Harpsichordist who is the current Director of Music and Choir Director at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

 

            Mrs. Hopkins has been a church musician since age sixteen when she became the Organist, and later the Choir Director at the Methodist Church next door to her home on Mayfield Avenue in Baltimore. She stayed there many years until the church closed, and it was during this time that she continued her Peabody studies, in Pipe Organ, at the Conservatory.

 

            After she completed my degree in Music Education at Towson University in 1997 with a concentration in Pipe Organ and Piano Studies, she completed the graduate credits for her Master’s Degree in Music Performance. She accepted a position at a Catholic Parish in Riveria Beach, MD, where she played 6-7 weekend liturgies, accompanying the Adult, Children’s, Youth Instrumental and Handbell Choirs on the Pipe Organ, and directed the Contemporary Music Ensemble on the piano.

 

            Mrs. Hopkins has been the accompanist at various schools since the age of thirteen, and continues to do so to this day.

 

            Mrs. Hopkins can concertize on the organ and the piano (Major works, famous composers), as well as being an excellent sight-reader. She loves playing music of all styles, particularly by her favorite composer, J.S.Bach. She chooses hymns for Immanuel based on the Liturgy of the Day and Season.

Music at Immanuel is Available for Purchase!

"Organ Music at Immanuel," a CD containing 10 tracks of organ compositions as well as Immanuel's Senior Choir of 1990.  Cost $12.00


The DVD, "Organ of Immanuel" allows you to both see and hear the majesty of music at Immanuel Lutheran Church.  As eleven compositions of organ music are played, you're taken on a tour of our magnificent stained glass windows, wood carvings, and the organ console.  Cost $12.00


"Sixty Years of Sacred Music," one of our best recordings has been reordered after being sold out.  The cost of this double-CD is $20.00


"Christmas at Immanuel" features beautiful Christmas hymns.  Cost $12.00


"Praise God in His Sanctuary" feature the Immanuel School Choir, the Immanuel Senior Choir, our superb soloists, string, bass, and flautists, and professional players from Immanuel's music history.  Cost $12.00


All funds from the purchase of these CDs and DVDs will go into our Organ Restoration Fund.

To purchase any of these items, please contact the Church Office at 410-435-6861.

 
 
Dr. Richard Wegner
Minister of Music, Emeritus

Richard Wegner, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been playing organ in churches since he was 16.  He is a graduate of Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois, and while there, also studied organ at Rockefeller Chapel, University of Chicago.  His Masters Degree was earned at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York.  His teachers have included: Hugo Gehrke, Gerhard Schroth, Carl Halter, Paul Bunjes, Frederick Marriott, and Harold Gleason.  Dr. Wegner also attended the Christiansen Choral School in Illinois and numerous Robert Shaw Choral Workshops during summers at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey.  In 1989, Dr. Wegner's alma mater, Concordia, conferred upon him an honorary Doctorate.

Dr. Wegner has held three positions in his lifetime.  In 1945-'46 he was an instructor in organ and piano at Concordia, River Forest, Illinois.  From 1946-'48 he was Music Director and Teacher at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, Danbury, Connecticut.  From 1948 to the present, Dr. Wegner served as a teacher at the former Immanuel Lutheran School and has been Minister of Music at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Baltimore, MD.

During these years he has played numerous recitals, organ dedications, and services in the East and Mid-West. Dr. Wegner has played at the Washington Cathedral and National City Christian Church in our nation's capital; Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg, Virginia; Duke University Chapel, Durham, North Carolina; Rockefeller Chapel, University of Chicago; and Valparaiso University Chapel, Valparaiso, Indiana.  He also accompanied a choral concert at Carnegie Hall, New York City.

Through the years, Immanuel's Music Ministry has produced over 15 recordings, some for radio and television broadcasts. Dr. Wegner has also been active teaching private organ students, many of whom now hold important church posts throughout the country.

Dr. Wegner, his wife, Viola, their four married children, Rick, Jay, Nancy, and Scott, and five grandchildren all reside in the Baltimore area.

Our Organs

Immanuel Lutheran Church has two Möller Organs: A large three-manual instrument in the Chancel, and a small two-manual organ in the West Gallery.  The Chancel and Gallery organs are connected; either (or both) organs can be played from each of the two consoles.

The Chancel organ is a venerable instrument with an interesting history going back to 1924 and 1935.  When the new building was dedicated in 1951, the organ was placed in the Chancel with tonal changes: re-voicing of the pipes and the addition of new ranks of pipes.

In 1963, the West Gallery organ was installed, the gift of the late Mr. Jacob Bockelman, then president of the congregation.

Since 1951, improvements and new ranks of pipes have periodically been added to the Chancel organ, with a new console in 1978, and a new Great Mixture in 1980.  This Mixture was a gift from the late Dr. William A. Renzi, one of Dr. Wegner's former students.