Luther invites alumni, parents and friends to join ‘Music and Conscience’ summer 2010 tour of Germany and Czech Republic

Feb. 11, 2010

Luther College alumni, parents, and friends can sign up now for “Music & Conscience: Bach and Bonhoeffer,” a study-tour in Germany and the Czech Republic, June 9-21.

Registration for the tour is still open. For complete information, visit

Price of the tour is $1,386 airfare, $2,913 land tour, for a total of $4,299 per person.

Prices are for double occupancy; single supplement available upon request.  Prices may change based on group size, air taxes, fuel surcharges and exchange rates. Participants may handle their own airfare and purchase a land-tour-only package.

The tour begins in Berlin, birthplace of the German Lutheran pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the center of his teaching and work in the resistance against Hitler. The group will then travel to Leipzig, where Johann Sebastian Bach culminated his career and composed his most beloved works.

In Leipzig the group will attend the internationally acclaimed Bach Festival, including two concerts on June 13 and 14 at Thomaskirche. Two days immersed in art in Dresden follow.

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 tour leaders Jim Martin-Schramm, professor of religion, and Gregory Peterson, assistant professor of music and college organist. Co-leading the tour are Karen Martin-Schramm, assistant to the president, and Ann Sponberg Peterson, director of development, principal gifts.

Professor Martin-Schramm joined the religion faculty of Luther 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 at Luther.

Professor Peterson has been hailed as an organist with “imagination and verve.” His playing is described as “competent and stylish” by The American Organist and “excellent and masterful” by the Swedish publication Barometern.

A frequent soloist, he has given recitals in many important U.S. and European venues and will give a recital in Berlin during the tour.

Greg joined the music faculty of Luther College in September 2005 and teaches applied organ and church music, conducts the Luther Ringers and serves as college organist and cantor to the student congregation. He holds the bachelor’s degree in music from Luther College, the master of music degree from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and the doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa.


Jim and Karen Martin-Schramm, Ann and Greg Peterson