The Lutheran Chorale

Singing to the Glory of God

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OUR DIRECTOR                   DAVID HODEL





Our Director is David Hodel, who has a Bachelor in Music Degree from Valparaiso University, with an emphasis in voice and conducting.  David is an alumnus of the Colorado Children’s Chorale and sings with the Colorado Symphony Chorus. He also loves community theater and has sung such diverse rolls as Captain Corchoran in HMS Pinafore, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, and Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.

David serves as the music director for the Empire Lyric Players and is the Upper School Choir director and musical director for the annual musical at Kent Denver School.  David has directed The Lutheran Chorale since September, 2010.





Coreen Wells, our Accompanist, studied music at the Lamont School of Music, which is   part of The University of Denver.  She represented Lamont on the radio for DU at the age of 7, showing what could be accomplished by a student in one yearCoreen studied at Lamont for about ten years, participating in many recitals. She became interested in organ in high school, and studied with Viola Kay Lee, one of the organists in the Denver area who played for all the "silent movies".

More formal lessons were with Dr. David Pew, the organist at St. John's Cathedral. She has played for many churches in the Denver areaCoreen also loves to play for theater productions, has played for many shows at the Littleton Town Hall Theater, and has accompanied The Lutheran Chorale since 2016.




Jonathan Hodel, Concert Conductor, joined the Lutheran Chorale in 1982 when he was fourteen and he is happy to be returning as this year’s conductor.  He was last seen conducting the Chorale in 2016 for two performances during their 40th anniversary year.  Dr. Hodel was a lecturer in voice at Frostburg State University and oversaw Opera workshops at Frostburg State and San Jose State Universities.  He has conducted opera performances with Opera San Jose, Asheville Lyric Opera, Empire Lyric Players and Frostburg State University.  He also has adjudicated several Maryland state middle school and high school choir festivals and has conducted several church choirs.  Jonathan attended Valparaiso University and holds advanced degrees from Indiana University and The University of Iowa in choral conducting and voice.  He is also a tenor soloist and has performed multiple opera roles and concerts with opera companies, orchestras and choirs in the United States and in Europe.