Sunday, January 24, 2021

A giant of a figure and a humble servant of the Lord. . .

Dr. Carl Schalk HS '48, BS '52, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Music and 2018 Spiritus Christi honoree, died early this morning Sunday, January 24. A global influence in church music, Dr. Schalk had throughout recent months continued to compose music, write articles and books as well conduct research and host webinars on worship and music from home. 

This report comes to me with great sadness.  I knew him for many years as a most gracious and humble man, a giant among us.  Now he joins his beloved wife Noël in God's nearer presence, having bequeathed to us hundreds of pieces of music and books and articles.  His  

Carl Schalk was a teacher, musicologist, composer, and author, Distinguished Professor of Music Emeritus at Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois, where he was called in 1965 and where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in church music until his retirement in 1994. While at Concordia, Schalk was instrumental in beginning the Master of Church Music program, which produced some one hundred and forty graduates serving throughout the church.

Dr. Schalk served as lecturer and clinician at numerous church music workshops and pastoral conferences. He was the editor of Church Music (1966-80) and served as a member of the Inter-Lutheran Commission on Worship, Hymn Music Committee, which prepared the Lutheran Book of Worship (1978). He was a Fellow of the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada and was made an Honorary Life Member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

Dr. Schalk held degrees from Concordia University, River Forest; Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York; and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. His numerous choral compositions have been published by a wide array of publishers.  He wrote over eighty hymn tunes and carols and his collaborations with Jaroslav J. Vajda and Herbert Brokering in particular, received wide acclaim.



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