Westminster Creates Lutkin Benediction Video

Westminster performs one of choral music's most beloved works.
Anne Sears

Peter Christian Lutkin’s choral benediction The Lord Bless You and Keep You has long been associated with Westminster Choir College.  This beloved work is sung at most important College events and concludes many choral concerts.  It has been sung at times of great joy and has brought comfort in the midst of sorrow.  In the College’s early days the campus community gathered on the Williamson Hall balcony and sang the Lutkin Benediction as the Westminster Choir left on tour.  Today, admitted students are welcomed to Westminster with a copy of the music and a letter from the Dean inviting them to join the Westminster community in singing the Lutkin Benediction at their first Westminster Convocation in the fall.

On May 14, 2010  - the day before the Westminster Choir College Commencement in the Princeton University Chapel - 80 Westminster Choir College students, conducted by Joe Miller, recorded Peter Christian Lutkin’s The Lord Bless You and Keep You.  The result is a musical message of peace and hope that, through today’s technology, can be shared with Westminster’s alumni and friends - and through them – with music lovers around the world.

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