Brian Wentzel, MSM, FAGO, is Director of Music at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lorain, Ohio, where he has served since 2006. At First Lutheran Brian has developed the FIRST•music concert series, and was instrumental in procuring a Historic Organ Citation from the Organ Historical Society for the church's Brombaugh organ, all while remaining focused on the core mission of leading congregational singing.
Brian is an active performer in the Cleveland area, singing professionally (with Apollo's Singers and Quire Cleveland) and regularly playing organ recitals and hymn festivals. His musical compositions are published by Augsburg Fortress and Hope, and his writings have appeared in The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology, Word and World, and the curriculum of Leadership Program for Musicians.
Brian is currently Dean of the Lorain County Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and also serves on the Executive Committee of the Cleveland Chapter of the AGO. He chairs the worship committee of the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the ELCA.
Brian's degrees are from Northwestern University, (BMus, BA, 2003) and Luther Seminary (Master of Sacred Music, 2006). He earned the Fellowship certificate from the American Guild of Organists in 2011. His first organ teacher was his father, Steven Wentzel. Subsequent teachers have included Paul Westermeyer, John Ferguson, Anton Armstrong, John Sherer, Douglas Cleveland, and Margaret Kemper, among others.