Dr. David Mennicke
Dr. David L. Mennicke is Professor of Music and Chair of the Concordia University, St. Paul Music Department, where he has been Director of Choral Studies since 1989. Mennicke graduated summa cum laude with a major in vocal music education from St. Olaf College in 1983. After teaching secondary vocal music in Benson, MN, he earned masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Arizona. He has studied with such eminent conductors as Kenneth Jennings, Helmuth Rilling, Robert Shaw, and Maurice Skones and is active in ACDA, MMEA, and MENC.
Mennicke is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, having served as a clinician for nearly 200 festivals. In November of 1992 he was named "Outstanding Young Director of the Year" by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) of Minnesota. He received the first "Creative Programming Award" from ACDA of MN in 1996. He conducted the 1999-2000 ACDA of MN All-State Elementary Honor Choir, guest conducted the National Lutheran Choir in 1998 and 2006, and conducted choirs at the Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival in 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2005. He is the keynote speaker, focusing on the music of Heinrich Schütz, for Luther Seminary's annual church music conference in February, 2010.
Under his direction, the Christus Chorus has been selected to perform for several ACDA of Minnesota and MMMEA conventions, the 1994 Minnesota Intercollegiate Festival Concert in Orchestra Hall, the 2002 and 2008 LEA National Convocations, the 1993 LCMS Great Commission Convocation, and the 1991 Bi-annual Conference of the North American Academy of Liturgy. The Concordia, St. Paul choirs have received five invitations to perform with the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall since 1997, including the Schönberg Gurrelieder, Beethoven Symphony No. 9, and a Christmas show with Rosemary Clooney. The choir performed at the invitation and sponsorship of the cultural ministry of the Polish government at the 10th annual International Sacred Music Festival, Gaude Mater, in Cjestochowa, Poland in May, 2000. They were the guest choir for the 2004 Pentecost Vespers service at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany. The Choir performed on Minneapolis's Orchestra Hall stage in 2006 for the F. Melius Christiansen 135th Anniversary Concert along with the college concert choirs of St. Olaf, Concordia (Moorhead), Gustavus Adolphus, and Augsburg. In May, 2008, the Christus Chorus held a concert/service tour to Ghana in West Africa, appearing on Ghanaian national TV and receiving an invitation to perform for the Ashanti King.
At Concordia, Mennicke also teaches conducting and choral methods, coordinates music for daily chapel as campus cantor, produces and directs the annual Christmas concerts, supervises student teachers and church music interns, advises students, and often serves as music director for theatre department productions.
Mennicke has choral arrangements, services, music education materials, and articles published by CPH, Morningstar, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and the AGEHR. He has served his professional organizations in various roles: ACDA of MN Executive Board, North Central ACDA Newsletter Editor, Coordinator of ten High School Chamber Choir Festivals, coordinator of five Collegiate Honor Choirs, and coordinator the Choral Arts Finale, a premier high school choral festival. An active tenor soloist, he was a member of the Grammy Award-winning professional choir of the Oregon Bach Festival and is a section leader in the Grammy-nominated Minnesota Chorale. He is also active in church music, including directing the Senior, Men's, and Youth Choirs at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Minneapolis since 1997. He served on the Music and Arts Teams and as choral director/cantor for the 1993 LCMS Great Commission Convocation, the 2002 and 2008 LEA Convocations, and the 1995, 1998, and 2001 LCMS Youth Gatherings.
Mennicke and his wife, Katherine, live in St. Paul and have three daughters who are active in music.