Music Ministry at Grace Lutheran Church

Music plays an important role in the worship life of Grace.  The instrumentalists, the choir, and the congregation create and appreciate music that helps us honor and know God.  Whether we are using organ, drums, bells, winds, strings, piano or voices, we strive to make music that leads us to praise and devotion.

Grace Choir

The Grace Choir will be holding rehearsals via Zoom on Wednesday evenings beginning September 9, 2020, from 7:30-9 pm. Anyone is welcome to join us regardless of musical experience. Click here to join the Grace Choir Wednesday Rehearsal.

 

All participants will be muted for the first 30 minutes, which will be a vocal warm up with Michael. Following the warm up, our lead singers will join our rehearsal to work on that week’s offertory anthem. All singers will be muted so everyone can sing with their full voice in the comfort of their own home. Music will be shared via email each week.

 

Spread the word to any friends who may be interested in joining us for any or all of our rehearsal, or to see how our music program works. We’re happy to share music with all of you!


Grace Choir Director

Michael Hoffman, Grace Music Director, is a native of Minnesota, who graduated from CU-Boulder in 2017. He is an avid performer of German Lieder, oratorio, and recently performed Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin with Mutsumi Moteki, head vocal coach at CU-Boulder. He currently is an Opera On the Go Artist with Central City Opera, and in 2018, placed first in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition for Colorado Singers. He holds a successful voice studio in Evergreen, and has a few cherished students here at Grace. In 2018, he and his wife Nadya founded the Mountain Area Chamber Music Festival, a week-long summer intensive for middle and high school vocalists and string players. He is thrilled to be your new Grace Music Director! 


Grace Organist

Boyd Hamilton brings many years of church musicianship to Grace. Boyd began playing in church at an early age and was the director of music at a church in his hometown of Kennett, Missouri at age 16. He received his degree in Piano Performance from the University of Oklahoma, where he continued to play both the piano and organ in numerous congregations. His major teachers were Marilyn Caldwell, J.D. Kelly and Andrew Cooperstock. Boyd was most recently the Director of Music at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church and in 2010 he helped to found the Norman Philharmonic Orchestra and was the organization's first Executive Director.

 

Boyd is currently the store manager of Dillards at Flatiron Mall and lives in Louisville with his wife and two sons.


Grace Lead Singers

Drawing from the CU College of Music and Boulder community, Grace's choir sections are led by professional singers, that provide depth, experience and incredible tone to our Worship singing.

Santiago Gutierrez Herrera, tenor section leader, is originally from Mexico City and has recently relocated to the Boulder area. Santiago recently completed his graduate studies at Colorado State University in Voice Performance, where he also served as the appointed voice Graduate Teaching Assistant. He is currently Artist in Residence with Boulder Opera and has also recently been featured as Apprentice Artist with Opera Fort Collins. Prior to his arrival to Colorado, he completed his studies at the University of North Texas. Santiago enjoys singing music of all centuries. In his free time he enjoys cooking and creating recipes. 

Ekaterina Kotcherguina, soprano section leader, is currently pursuing her Performance Certificate in Opera and Solo Vocal Performance at CU-Boulder, and is a member of Opera on Tap - Colorado. She holds an affinity for music of the Baroque and Classical period and particularly enjoys singing innovative interpretations of the Baroque and bel canto repertoire. Ms. Kotcherguina has performed with Opera in the Rock, Eklund Opera Theatre, Praeclara Opera, Arkansas Shakespeare Festival, and the London Summer School of Voice, among others. She holds degrees from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

 

Sebastian Schmidt, bass section leader, is a native of Leipzig, Germany.  Music has been part of his life since childhood; he studied the piano for twelve years and joined the children's choir of the Leipzig Opera at age eight.  As an adult, he sang in Leipzig's Gewandhaus and University Choirs where works by Bach and Mendelssohn shaped his identity as a singer. Sebastian earned a physics degree in 2000 and a Ph.D. in meteorology in 2005. He studied voice with teachers in Germany, Austria and Colorado (currently with Adam Ewing). After moving to Boulder for a research position in atmospheric physics at CU, he participated in an opera production in 2006 (Pirates of Penzance and Iolanthe by Gilbert and Sullivan) and sang in the Boulder Bach Chorale and other ensembles. His musical home since 2010, Grace Lutheran has offered Sebastian wonderful opportunities to develop as a singer and a person.

Emma Vawter, alto section leader, is an adventurous musician with a passion for exploring rarely performed works from the Renaissance to Crumb to composed yesterday. A frequent soloist with Ars Nova Singers, she has performed classics like Durufle’s Requiem, Renaissance Sephardic songs with the renowned viola da gamba player Ann Marie Morgan, and Jennefelt’s Villarosa Sequences with aria acrobats soaring overhead. Emma has also sung professionally with Bravo Vail, Opera Colorado, Boulder Opera, and Seicento Baroque, among others. Emma has degrees from Yale University, and the University of Colorado-Boulder. When she isn’t singing, Emma works in conservation protecting the beauty of her beloved Colorado.