Carl Schalk

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Dr. Carl Flentge Schalk (born 1929) is a noted Lutheran composer, author, and lecturer. Between 1965 and 2004 he taught church music at Concordia University Chicago.[1] During this time he guided the development of the university's Master of Church Music degree, which has since graduated more than 140 students.[2] Schalk was a member of the Inter-Lutheran Commission on Worship, which produced Lutheran Book of Worship in 1978.[1] He was also the editor of the journal Church Music from 1966 to 1980.[3] Additionally, he is a member of the Music Advisory Committee of Concordia Publishing House and of the board of directors of Lutheran Music Program,[2] the parent organization of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival.

Schalk graduated in 1952 from Concordia University Chicago (then known as Concordia Teachers College River Forest) with a B.S. in education and proceeded to earn a M.Mus from the Eastman School of Music and an M.A.R. from Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis.[2][3]

Schalk is well known for his numerous choral compositions as well as his hymn tunes and carols, which number over one hundred.[2] He had ongoing collaborations with poets Jaroslav Vajda and Herbert Brokering, producing tunes for several of their hymn texts.[1] Schalk's hymn tunes may be found in modern Christian hymnals of various denominations. He is also the author of several books on Lutheran music and hymnody. In 2013 a critical biography of Schalk was published, and in 2015 a collection of articles and essays about church music by Schalk was released.


  1. ^ a b c Carl Schalk Archived July 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. MorningStar Music Publishers. Retrieved on 2008-08-19.
  2. ^ a b c d Dr. Carl Schalk. The Luther Institute. Retrieved on 2008-08-19.
  3. ^ a b Carl F. Schalk. Selah Publishing Company. Retrieved on 2008-08-19.