Youth masterworks festival

Mon | Feb 25 | 7:00 PM

FREE CONCERT - Freewill Offering

First-Plymouth Church

This incredible showcase of young talent will feature three of Nebraska’s finest high school choirs and musicians from Lincoln’s high school orchestras, each accompanied by professional soloists and instrumentalists.


2017 Abendmusik Youth Masterworks Festival 


Dr. Deanna Joseph, guest clinician

Dr. Deanna Joseph is Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the Georgia State University School of Music where she conducts the University Singers and leads the master’s program in choral conducting. In 2015, she was the recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award at Georgia State, where she was selected out of a pool of over 800 faculty.

Under Dr. Joseph’s baton the Georgia State University Singers have been invited to perform at two conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. The choir’s new professional recording, Evening Hymn (Gothic Records), is available starting in the fall of 2015 through both compact disk and on iTunes.

Children's Choir Festival

The next Children's Choir Festival will be in the 2019-2020 Season

FREE CONCERT - Freewill Offering

First-Plymouth Church

The Abendmusik Children's Choir Festival is in collaboration with Sing Around Nebraska.


Over 100 children from the Lincoln area will gather together to sing a toe-tapping and heart-warming program, led by nationally-renowned guest conductor, Emily Ellsworth.

Sing Around Nebraska is a powerful choral opportunity for students in grades 4, 5, and 6 to foster their love of singing!  This year’s Festival Choir will be held at more than 10 locations across our state, including Abendmusik at First-Plymouth. 

2017 Abendmusik Children's Choir Festival

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Emily Ellsworth, 2018 Guest clinician

Nationally recognized as a leader in the youth choral field, Ms. Ellsworth has served as Artistic Director of ANIMA- Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus since1996. She shares her passion for young people and their infinite potential as a guest conductor throughout the US. 

She has prepared various ensembles for performances with Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, Ravinia Festival, Grant Park Symphony, Music of the Baroque, and others; nine CD recordings; national and regional conferences of ACDA, Kodaly educators, and Chorus America; and concert tours to six continents. Ms. Ellsworth has served on the music panel for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. and is the advisor of Boosey & Hawkes’ Opera Workshop series. In frequent demand as guest clinician/conductor throughout the U.S., she has also guest conducted in the Republic of Ireland, England, Hong Kong, and Brazil. 

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summer sing

Do you miss singing with your choir during the summer months?

Do you long to be awakened from a summer of choral hibernation?

Then join Abendmusik for our annual community Summer Sing!

There are no auditions or extensive commitments.


Just come as you are to Lincoln's First-Plymouth Church at 7:00 on Wednesday, August 1 and within two hours,

we will have shared in an energized rehearsal and 'instant performance' of Johannes Brahms' German Requiem.

Music will be provided. Hospitality, air-conditioning, and fun are all included-- FREE!

No sign-up necessary. Just come ready to sing!


Wed | july 25 | 1:00 PM   &   Wed | Aug 1 | 6:00 PM

First-Plymouth Church

OLLI is joining with Abendmusik to enhance the experience of their annual community Summer Sing! This year featuring Johannes Brahms' German Requiem.  On Wednesday, July 25, OLLI members will have an exclusive lesson with Pamela Starr, UNL professor of Music History. The lesson will include a history of Brahms and his Ein deutsches Requiem, along with some musical analysis. Then, on Wednesday, August 1, Pamela Starr and Tom Trenney, artistic director of Abendmusik and First- Plymouth Church’s Minister of Music, will share in a pre-Summer Sing reception with an exclusive question and answer period about Brahms, the German Requiem,  Abendmusik and the Summer Sing!