Lorraine Brugh


  • César Franck: Alive and Well in Worship
    808 Howell St
    July 6 @ 9:00 am
    Is there still a place for the organ works of César Franck in today’s worship services? While the major Franck works have limited use in most worship settings, Franck’s musical voice still has a vibrancy that can speak today.  This workshop will investigate how L’Organiste, Franck’s collection of small works for harmonium, can be a useful source for today’s organist. While miniature in scope, these pieces are gems in their own right and deserve consideration. The workshop will demonstrate how individual pieces can be combined in thoughtful and creative ways, or as stand-alone compositions. The movements which Franck titled Noels, Prayer, Offerings, and Postludes will be the primary examples in the collection. Demonstrating how performance practice can be applied from Franck’s larger works, like overlapping legato, use of the fermata, and rubato, will enhance these smaller works. 


Lorraine S. Brugh is Senior Research Professor of Music at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana.  She is also Adjunct Professor of Theology, teaching in the area of contemporary systematic theology. From 2017-2019 Dr. Brugh served as Resident Director of VU’s Study Abroad program in Cambridge, England. 

Dr. Brugh has been involved in the development of Lutheran music and worship practices for many years. In July 2021 she was interviewed about her career in church music for the “Profiles in American Church Music” series at the Center for Church Music at Concordia University, Chicago.

She contributed the article, “Whose Context Is It Anyway” to the Spring 2021 issue of CrossAccent, the journal of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

She served as a reviewer and wrote short descriptions of hymns for the hymnal supplement from Augsburg Fortress, All Creation Sings, published in November 2020. On the occasion of a festschrift in honor of Gabe Huck, she contributed a chapter, “Where Do We Go from Here?” The book, Fully Conscious, Fully Active: Essays in Honor of Gabe Huck was published by Liturgy Training Publications in 2019.

She was a contributor to the ELCA’s 2016 publication Can We Talk? Engaging Worship and Culture.  Dr. Brugh is a past president of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, a member of the North Academy of Liturgy, and the American Guild of Organists.