Paul O. Manz, well-known Lutheran organist and composer, died Oct. 28 — surrounded by family as they sang E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come, his most famous choral work.
Over a career filled with awards and accolades, Manz, 90, played in churches and with numerous symphonies, appearing at such venues as the Lincoln Center, New York, and the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. His "hymn festivals" were a favorite of audiences.
Manz, who began piano lessons at age 5, was a principal and musician with parishes in Fond du Lac, Wis., and St. Paul, Minn. He served as director of Christian education and music for 37 years at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, and was cantor at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Luke, Chicago.
He also taught at several schools, including Concordia College, St. Paul, and later was Christ Seminary Seminex Professor of Church Music and Artist-in-Residence at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
"The church and world were blessed beyond measure by the talents and gifts Paul Manz shared with our seminary community," said James K. Echols, LSTC president. "His legacy of teaching and his music will continue through our graduates to touch the lives of future generations."
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