"Music & Conscience: Bach and Bonhoeffer" Tour 2015

Tour of Germany and the Czech Republic
Sunday, June 14 - Saturday, June 27, 2015


The tour begins in Berlin, Bonhoeffer's birthplace and the center of his teaching and work in the resistance against Hitler. The group will then travel to Leipzig, where Bach culminated his career and composed his most beloved works. There, the group will attend the internationally-acclaimed Bach Festival. An optional side trip to Wittenberg will be offered during the time in Leipzig. Two days immersed in art in Dresden follows. En route to the tour's final destination, Prague - a city teeming with art and culture - the group will visit Flossenbürg Concentration Camp, site of Bonhoeffer's execution in 1945.

Interspersed throughout the tour will be informal lectures and discussions with faculty tour leaders Jim Martin-Schramm, Professor of Religion, and Gregory Peterson '83, Associate Professor of Music and College Organist. Peterson will also give an organ recital during the tour. Co-leading the tour are Ann Sponberg Peterson, Director of Development for Principal Gifts, and Karen Martin-Schramm, Executive Assistant to the President.

Tour Hosts

Jim Martin-Schramm, Professor of Religion
Dr. Martin-Schramm joined the religion faculty of Luther College in 1993. He is an ordained member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and holds a doctorate in Christian Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. While at Union, Jim studied with Larry Rasmussen, one of the world’s foremost Bonhoeffer scholars. Jim and his wife, Karen, were honored to host Bonhoeffer’s best friend and biographer, Eberhard Bethge, when he came to a conference on Bonhoeffer at Union. Jim continues to teach a course on Bonhoeffer’s ethics as a regular course offering in the Religion Department at Luther College.

Gregory Peterson '83, Associate Professor of Music and College Organist
Dr. Peterson has been hailed as an organist with “imagination and verve.” His playing is described as “competent and stylish” (The American Organist) and “excellent and masterful” (Barometern – Sweden). A frequent soloist, he’s given recitals in many important U.S. and European venues and will give a recital in Berlin during the tour. Dr. Peterson joined the music faculty of Luther College in September of 2005 and teaches applied organ and church music, conducts the Luther Ringers and serves as College Organist and Cantor to the student congregation. Dr. Peterson earned his B.A. degree in music at Luther College, an M.M. degree from Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and his D.M.A. degree in organ performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa.

tour leaders
Tour Hosts from left: Jim and Karen Martin-Schramm, Ann Sponberg Peterson and Gregory Peterson

Dresden Frauenkirche, Germany.