Levi Nagel, Director
B.A. in Music - Wisconsin Lutheran College
Master of Church Music - Concordia University Wisconsin
Staff Ministry Certification - Martin Luther College
When did you first become part of Chorale and how did you get into your current role?
I joined the Chorale in 1998 as a senior at Wisconsin Lutheran High School at the encouragement of Mary Prange. I was a member until 2005 when I took a call to the Washington, D.C. area. I returned in 2016 and became assistant director in 2017, at which time I was named the successor of my mentor, Mary. I took over as director in Fall of 2018.
What do you love about what you do in Chorale?
I have been astounded by the very special nature of this choir and organization. For a group of 60 people to get together to make music at such a high artistic level, in fellowship with one another and in common faith in Christ...this is so very rare.
What is you favorite Bible verse?
1 John 3:1 "See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!"
What is your life like outside of Chorale?
I serve a full-time Minister of Music and Worship (and staff minister) at St. John's Lutheran Church in Milwaukee (South 68th Street). I spend a lot of time with family and friends, especially when it involves food and drink. I am a huge fan of the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers. I also love to cook and travel.
What is your favorite piece of choral music?
This is a tough question for a choir director. I will give my favorite in three genre's - Large Work: Faure "Requiem Mass" ... Secular Piece: "Sure on This Shining Night" by Mortin Lauridsen ... Sacred Piece: "Os Justi" by Anton Bruckner
What is a fun fact about you?
"The Wizard of Oz" was my favorite childhood movie. In my estimation, I've seen it over 300 times beginning to end.
Other Music Experience:
Church musician since 2002, serving at Redemption, Milwaukee (2002-2003); St. Matthew, Milwaukee (2003-2005); Grace, Falls Church, Virginia (2005-2016); St. John's, Milwaukee (2016-present)
Professional Chorister with several choirs in Washington, D.C.: The Ron Freeman Chorale, The Master Chorale of Washington, The Washington Chorus, and The Washington Master Choral (Principal Chair)
Serves on the WELS Hymnal Committee