The purpose of this website is to introduce you to Ken Lowenberg and his music. He has been performing on the piano, harpsichord, and the "King of Instruments" for most of his life and creating sacred music for the organ, choirs, handbells, and other instruments for much of that time.
KENNETH LOWENBERG was born and raised in the Chicago area. He attended Northwestern University (B Mus Ed), the Univ. of Southern California (M.Mus in Composition), and the College of Church Musicians at Washington Cathedral (FCCM), and has earned his AAGO and FAGO degrees from the American Guild of Organists. He retired in August, 2006, after 38 years of service, from the position of Minister of Music at The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, and received the title Minister of Music Emeritus. There he headed a large music program including the concert series, Chevy Chase Concerts, and created the acclaimed Bach Marathon, which is still presented annually, with 10 organists performing music of J. S. Bach over a 5-hour period . His Chevy Chase Handbell Ringers have enjoyed playing in the White House, the Kennedy Center, on local TV and National Public Radio, and at the DC InterFaith Concert to an audience of 1500 at Washington Cathedral. His Chancel Choir has sung at Washington Cathedral, presenting an extended choral prelude to services and leading Evensong worship.
After 38 years of service at Chevy Chsae Chruch, he retired and began a period of playing organ and conducting on a substitute basis in MD, VA, and DC. In 2015 Ken accepted the position of Organist at National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle in downtown DC, the national church of the denomination, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). There he presides weekly over the third largest pipe organ in the greater DC area, with 7500 pipes controlled by a 5-manual (keyboard) console.
Ken's choral, organ, and handbell compositions, a number of which have been commissioned, have received numerous annual composer's awards from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) and are published by GIA, AGEHR, Selah, Hinshaw, Hope, Art Masters Studios, Inc., H.W. Gray/Belwin/Warner, MorningStar, and Lorenz.
Ken has held local, regional, and national offices in the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM). He has given organ recitals and led church music workshops in many venues in the Eastern and Central U. S. Ken stays very active in the music scene in the Washington, DC area. He is also an active Deacon at his church and is on the Flower Committee there, and does volunteer work for Montgomery Hospice. His hobbies include travel, composing, cooking, going to the beach, gardening, and working out.