The Concordia community, and community members in general, are invited to attend the October 23rd Pipe Organ Rededication Festival in CUAA's Chapel of the Holy Trinity. Dr. Sam Eatherton has been invited to serve as Festival organist.

No reservations are needed. Guests are invited to stay afterward for refreshments in the Kreft Art Gallery and visit with faculty and students from CUAA's music department.

Alumni choir members are invited to join our festival choir! Email for details.

To read the CUAA Pipe Organ Rededication Festival blog post, CLICK HERE


In fall 2020, Concordia's Office of Advancement launched a campaign to raise funds for the restoration of CUAA's 53-rank Schlicker pipe organ. Dedicated in 1967, the instrument is a hallmark of CUAA's worship space, but after decades of play, it was in need of a significant tune-up. The campaign exceeded its goal within months after its launch, thanks to an overwhelming show of support from generous donors. In particular, longtime supporters Dr. and Mrs. Karl Kreft provided a generous $50,000 leadership gift.

Work Officially began in the summer of 2021. Concordia contracted nationally acclaimed organ builder Jaroll Adams for the job. To complete the project, Adams had to completely disassemble the organ, remove it from the chapel, and then reassemble it in its full glory.

"The restoration will be a boon to music students and chapel-goers at CUAA," says Kreft Endowed Chair in Music, Dr. John Boonenberg.

"The Schlicker's richness in tone not only provides an authentic performance experience for musicians, it contributes to a worshipful music service for all," says Boonenberg. "We are stewards of a great Lutheran church music tradition at CUAA, and our organ is a key part of that."

Donations are still needed for the ongoing general maintenance needs of CUAA's Schlicker pipe organ. To contribute, visit and designate "CUAA organ renovation," or contact Director of Donor and Alumni Relations, Linda Sproul, at or 734-995-7491 for additional ways to give.


Eatherton is the Kantor at Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where his duties include the church's song from the organ, directing the musicians of the church, and teaching music to the children of the school. From 2000-2020, Eatherton serves as Minister of Music at Zion Lutheran Church and School in Dallas, Texas. He and his wife, Lois, previously served at Trinity Lutheran Church and School in St. Joseph, Michigan.

Eatherton earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Concordia University, Nebraska, and his Master of Church Music from Concordia University, Chicago. In 2019, he earned his Doctor of Music Arts degree in Church Music from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, studying with Isabelle Demers and David W. Music. His scholarly interests include the formation of children through church music, 19th-century Lutheran hymnals, and organ music of the German Baroque.


CUAA offers a comprehensive Liberal Arts music experience that affords learners the opportunity to study, perform, and travel (domestically and internationally) with departmental ensembles. Ensembles include Arbor song and Concordia Choir (choral); Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble (instrumental); and Worship Arts Ensemble (church music).

Explore programs and opportunities for involvement by visiting the CUAA music page:

This is a FREE event, and there is no registration required.