Gathering of the Talents

Concordia annually hosts hundreds of students from Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod churches, elementary and middle schools as part of its Gathering of the Talents festival. Begun in 1943, the event brings in participants from kindergarten through eighth grade from Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and South Dakota.

Registration and Participant Information

The 2015 Gathering took place on April 11, 2015. The church and school registration deadline was December 1, 2014. The 2016 Gathering details will be announced soon.

Download List of Purple Ribbon Recipients for 2015


Performances begin as early as 8 a.m. the day of the event. Campus venues and display areas for the Gathering of the Talents include:

  • Creative Writing and Art: Walz Hall of Fame Room
  • Dance: Walz arena
  • Drama: Thom Leadership Education Center
  • Music: Bands - PE building
  • Music: Solos and small ensembles - Music Center
  • Music: Choirs - St. John Lutheran Church