Organ Concert

The hymn festival will feature five local organists leading the audience and a mass choir of forty singers in hymns and anthems by these celebrated Lutheran musicians. A brass quartet and additional soloists will also accompany the singing.

Featured Organists

Helen Hollenbeck
Helen is a graduate to the University of Portand where she earned her Master of Arts in Church Music, specializing in the organ works of J.S. Bach. Her Bachelor of Arts - Music was earned at Concordia University in Portland where she taught for 17 years, teaching music and directing the university’s handbell program. As Director of the touring ensemble, Concordia Concert Handbells, Helen traveled
nationally and internationally for the university. As a church musician, Helen has served many congregations over the years in California and Oregon and is currently Director of Music and Organist at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Portland. She remains active as a performer, workshop and hymn festival leader, and organ teacher and handbell director.
Phyllis Ernsberger
Plyllis began her musical education with accordion lessons at age 6 while her family resided in Alaska. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Science with a major in music from the University of Washington/Seattle, piano being her major instrument, and earned her Master of Church Music (organ and choral conducting) from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N. J. She was honored to be one of the student organists for Princeton University during her studies. She has served a variety of churches as both organist and choir director in many places, including two years in Seoul, South Korea as organist/music director for the U.S. Army in South Post Chapel. She currently serves several local Lutheran churches as an independent agent, including Trinity Lutheran Church in Oregon City.
Eileen Swanson
Eileen has served Memorial Lutheran Church as organist and choir accompanist since 1985. Eileen studied organ with Laurie Pratt at Portland State after earning a minor in music from Eastern Oregon College, LaGrande, Oregon. Eileen served as organist at Immanuel Lutheran, Hood River, Washington and at Hope Lutheran, Bradenton, Florida prior to coming to Memorial.
Walter E. Krueger, D. Mus.
Dr, Krueger is a Lutheran musician and educator residing in Portland, Oregon, currently serving as an adjunct professor of music at Concordia University, Portland. Dr. Krueger's musical doctorate is from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.  He also studied at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Concordia University Chicago. An organ recitalist, lecturer, and hymn festival leader, Krueger has also composed and arranged a number of works for keyboard, choir, handbells, and other instruments.  Over the years, he has served churches, high schools and colleges in California, Illinois, Michigan, and Oregon. Dr. Krueger is a recognized Fellow and Choir Master of the American Guild of Organists (FAGO, ChM).  He served on the National Council of the AGO. Krueger is also a Dean Emeritus of the Portland Oregon Chapter, recently serving as Director of the a "Pipe Organ Encounter" for teens. He also teaches organ and piano students privately.
Brad Hall
Brad has served as organist and music director in Lutheran churches throughout Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, and Oregon.  Currently, he is the Director of Music and Organist at Ascension Lutheran Church in Portland, OR.  Mr. Hall earned his Bachelor of Music degree in church music and organ from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH.  He was a student of Trudy Faber and Donald Busarow.  Brad was the winner of the 2004 Ruth & Paul Manz Church Music Scholarship Competition. He has also served as a freelance accompanist, organ recitalist, vocal soloist, organ and piano instructor and composer.  Brad, and his wife, Jessica, live near Portland, OR and are blessed with four young and active children.