The calling of church musicians is a great and noble calling. Sacred music that proclaims the love and saving grace of the God through the work of Jesus Christ is expansive. It includes singers and guitarists from the mountains of Papua New Guinea to the great classical musicians such as Felix Mendelssohn, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Michael Praetorius to name only a few. It extends back to King David and the Levites of the Old Testament, to Miriam and Moses and the people of Israel as they sang a song of deliverance at the banks of the Red Sea, and even to Jubal, the father of all musicians (Genesis 4:21) from whom this website gets its name. This Christian music that proclaims the Lamb of God is also eternal as St. John reveals to us in Revelation. God loves music and loves to hear His Word proclaimed with music.
Whenever we play or sing this music, Christians use the Eternal Art to proclaim the song of deliverance that was given to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and to celebrate with those who throughout the ages have proclaimed that message with passion, truth, and clarity. May God bless you in this calling and together may we, with great joy and skill, offer a powerful witness to our Savior in whatever we do.
In the peace, joy, and victory of our Resurrected Lord,
Dr. Martin Dicke serves as a Musical Specialist in the Enga Province of Papua New Guinea (www.lcms.org/dicke). Prior to accepting this position he served for 14 years as Cantor for Trinity Lutheran Church, Peoria, Illinois. Having served in various capacities as a church musician over the course of his career, Martin has returned to the place of his birth to serve as a musical educator and adviser to the people of the Gutnius (Good News) Lutheran Church, a church LCMS missionaries helped establish in the early 1960s. Martin’s parents Edward and Phyllis served as missionaries in the Enga Province of PNG for 20 years and his uncle and aunt Rev. Dr. Willard and Elinor Burce served in PNG for 40 years. For information about his work in Papua New Guinea, visit www.jubalslyre.com/PNG.
After attending Concordia University, St. Paul, Martin served churches in both Minnesota and Iowa, taught at a Lutheran high school for fifteen years, founded and directed a select choir in St. Paul/Minneapolis for ten years, and conducted the Chamber Singers of Iowa City for three. For several years Martin served as the Dean of the Peoria Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He has a masters and doctorate in choral conducting (from the University of Minnesota and Iowa respectively). While at Trinity he helped establish the Trinity Concert Series (www.trinityconcertseries.org) and the Peoria Bach Festival (www.peoriabachfestival.org) held annually during the first week of June. In addition he has served as the Cantor for retreats presented by Doxology: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel (www.doxology.us). Having grown up on the mission field he also has a heart for songs of the global Church that proclaim Christ.
His composition – Fanfare, Fugue, and Chorale on CRUCIFER for brass choir – was premiered at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in October 2014 in connection with the opening of the Concordia Historical Institute’s Exhibit “Bringing Christ to the Highlands: Painting a Portrait of Early Lutheran Mission Work in Papua New Guinea.” Sound samples of his music are available at by visiting www.soundcloud.com/jubalslyre/sets.