Daniel J. Werning both plays organ for our worship services and directs the choir program at St. Christopher’s. His education includes a B.S.Ed., Concordia University, Seward, NE, M.C.M. (Master of Church Music), Concordia University, River Forest, IL, and M.A.R., Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN.
Publications include A Selected Source Index for Hymn and Chorale Tunes, CPH 1984, as well as numerous choral pieces recorded by the Hawai’i Sacred Choir (Honolulu, HI), the Cathedral Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist (Spokane, WA), and the Concordia Seminary Kantorei (Fort Wayne, IN).
Dan has nearly 40 years of experience in education, music and pastoral ministries: Organist; pianist; choir director; handbell director; Orff Schulwerk instructor; classroom music teacher; Director of Music; and Pastor of churches.
Dan and the late Terry Werning founded the Hawai'i Sacred Choir in 2009, a unique choir with children and adults singing together. In summer 2014, he took the choir to Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire, England, where it performed some musical works for the first time ever in England, including The Queen’s Jubilee by Queen Lili’uokalani and Hawaiian Mass, composed by John McCreary and arranged by Dan, singing in the Hawaiian language for the first time ever in an Ely Cathedral Eucharist service.
Dan also currently performs American weddings and tourist wedding reenactments, and conducts devotions at a number of memory-care retirement homes on O’ahu.