Music

Julia Fox 9-26-2010 011Music has a central place in Lutheran worship.  From the German chorales to contemporary hymnody to the addition of songs from various cultures, Lutherans have always held to the motto: “Bis orat, qui contat.”  (“Those who sing pray twice.”)  Music enlivens our worship and allows the emotions and thoughts of our hearts to be expressed as our offering to God.  At Salem, we use a variety of musical settings in our Sunday Eucharists as well as a wide range of hymns and worship songs. Instrumental accompaniment also enhances our music at our festival celebrations.

Salem is a singing congregation!  We also have choir opportunities for all ages.

Regular rehearsal for the Adult Handbell Choir is at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.  The Adult Choir rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.  Our Salem Music Kidz Choir rehearses will resume in the fall.

Music Staff

Keith Picture125x145Grammy-nominated producer Keith Weber is a choral and orchestral conductor, vocal coach, choral clinician, organist, pianist, harpsichordist and collaborator.  He serves as our Director of Music.  Widely recognized for his musical excellence and versatility, he serves on Bishop Michael Rinehart’s Worship Excellence Team as well.

Keith is also Artistic Director of Grace Song, Inc., a wide-ranging, non-profit production company.  In August 2013, he traveled with Garrison Keillor and the team from National Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion on their Mediterranean cruise, serving as pianist/coordinator for four opera singers.  He also serves as music staff with Houston Grand Opera.

A native of western Pennsylvania, he holds a B.M., cum laude, in Organ Performance from Southern Methodist University, an M.M. also from SMU and an M.S.M. from Perkins School of Theology.

In the past, he was Director of Music at St. Phillip Presbyterian Church in Houston, TX and at Christ Church in Tyler, TX.  He has served as Chair of the Music Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, is Past Dean of the East Texas Chapter, American Guild of Organist and has served on the Board of Directors of the Tyler Civic Chorale.  As a recital collaborator and accompanist, Keith has worked with singers and instrumentalist across the United States.

As an organist, Keith won the Dora Poteet Barclay Award (Outstanding Undergraduate, SMU), the Roy and Sue Johnson Award (Outstanding Senior, SMU), and 1982 B’nai B’rith Music Scholarship, the Ninth Annual Organ Competition of the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, the 1991 Region VII National Young Artists’ Playing Competition of the American Guild of Organists, was named finalist of the 1992 Spivey International Organ Competition and is widely known for his engaging organ recital programming.  He served as Interim Organist at The Myerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX.

As a pianist, Keith made his formal orchestral debut in 1997 with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, Kate Tamarkin, conducting, and as keyboardist-of-all-kinds is a frequent guest artist with Ars Lyrica Houston, Mercury Baroque, Musiqa, Cantare, The Victoria Bach Festival and the International Festival-Institute at Round, Top, TX.  Keith was named keyboardist of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra for the 2002-2003 season.