Charles W. Ore

Charles W. Ore

Professor Emeritus of Music

Music Department Profile

Charles W. Ore is a nationally recognized organ recitalist, a composer of organ and choral music, and a leader in the use and development of improvisation in organ playing. From 1961 until 1966, he was Minister of Music at First Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Chicago and a member of the music faculty at Concordia College in River Forest, Illinois. He joined the Concordia, Seward faculty in 1966 and taught there until his retirement in 2001, serving as chair of the Department of Music from 1995 to 2001. He was cantor of Pacific Hills Lutheran Church in Omaha from 1975 to 2001 and associate organist of First-Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln from 2001 to 2006; in 2006 he was appointed organist of First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln.

Four recordings of Ore’s organ and choral music, titled From My Perspective I [1991], II [1994], III [1995] and IV [2001] are available from Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis and from the publisher, Organ Works.


D.M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.M., Northwestern University
B.S., Concordia Teachers College, Seward, Nebraska

Courses taught

Organ, Piano, Organ Improvisation, Organ Literature, Service Playing