We are overjoyed to introduce Mr. Andrew Peters as the new Minister of Music and Organist at Augustana Lutheran Church! He is expected to begin in this new role on November 28.
Mr. Peters currently resides in Saint Louis, Missouri, where for 15 years he has served as the Minister of Music at Second Presbyterian Church where he directs two choirs, one handbell choir, and plays organ for all services. He is the founder and artistic director of the Couts Music Series which provides free musical programs as part of the church’s community outreach. Additionally, he is the assistant conductor of the Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis, and he is the organist for the St. Louis Symphony.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Peters served churches in Connecticut, Minnesota, Ohio and Tennessee. His education includes a B.M. in church music from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and an M.M. in organ performance from The Cleveland Institute of Music. His congregational hymn settings and choral compositions are published by MorningStar Music and Paraclete Press.
“It is my privilege to use my musical talents as a way for people to deepen their spiritual faith and experience of God,” Mr. Peters wrote in his application letter. “I enjoy working with a wide range of people from clergy, professional musicians, volunteer musicians, and worshipers in the pews. I believe that worship is the heart of the church’s life.”
The search team deserves a huge round of applause for their passionate participation in the process of seeking a new Music Director for Augustana in “fast track” mode. That we quickly had 17 initial candidates is a testimony to the significance of the music program at Augustana. Mr. Peters impressed us with not only his musicality and command of the organ, but also his passion for hymnody and the importance that music plays in the overall life of the congregation and the wider community.
Mr. Peters and his wife, Christine, look forward to this new venture here in Denver, along with their cat. We can’t wait to welcome them! You are invited to visit his website for more about him: andrewjpeters.com.
Pastor Kent Mueller
Search Team Chair