On Sunday, September 27, Koiné will begin assisting in worship at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lannon, WI, Sundays at 10:30am. For over a decade, Koiné has been traveling North America sharing their modern arrangements of traditional Lutheran hymns at different churches each Sunday. St. John's Lannon is now the third church which Koiné can now call home. Koiné has served at LiveIt, St. Marcus' 5:30 Sunday night service since the group was formed, and the group recently began playing Mondays, 6:30pm, at Mount Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waukesha, WI.
"This is a very exciting transition for our ministry," shares Brian Davison - Male Vocals. "Traveling less will hopefully allow us to write and record more music and produce more resourses for the Church. It also gives us a great opportunity to do more intense ministry in the greater Milwaukee area, a place we have always considered home. "
The new local focus of Koiné's ministry does not mean the group will no longer tour. Koiné is still taking requests for appearances and still plans to do one or two 2 week tours a year, as well as traveling with their special services for Advent, Lent, and their Illuminated series.
Koiné is excited to announce we will be traveling to the Holy Land, April 11-20, 2016. Not only are we visiting a number of sites that are historically important to us as Christians, but we will be playing music at these sites as well. This is an opportunity for us to present more traditional musical instruments and perhaps even some Psalms and early hymns as they may have been presented in Biblical times. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this trip is we are inviting you will come along with us! But it's not just music, Dr. John Brug is leading the tour and will share his knowledge and expertise as we visit these locations of interest.
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Tour the Holy Land with Dr. John Brug,
retired professor of WLS with doctorate in archaeology and editor of the Wartburg Project
and special musical guest KOINÉ
Hosted by: Pastor Rick Tuttle
Travel Dates: April 11-20, 2016
$4097 from Minneapolis or $3897 from Chicago/O’Hare
(Price includes: $717 US & Intl. departure taxes/fuel & $150 gratuities)
Additional departure cities available upon request
Register Online: RegisterNow.
ittworld.com Tour Code: Tuttle16
You can hear the sounds of music as you walk the halls of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Menasha, Wisconsin, but school is not in session, this is the middle of summer. August 5-7, Mt. Calvary has been hosting a Summer Music Camp where 3rd through 8th graders are learning piano and drums, making their own instruments, and recognizing elements of the liturgy. Perhaps the most unusual aspect of this camp is that professional musicians are leading it.
Camp organizers at Mt. Calvary Lutheran asked the members of Koiné to put together a curriculum for their music camp. "This is the first time we've tried something like this, and the parents and children all had nothing but great things to say about their experiences,” shares Brian Davison (Male Vocals - Koiné). “Part of our mission as a ministry is to inspire and encourage the next generation to use their gifts to serve the Lord and the church, and this camp did exactly that."
The theme of this year’s camp was based on Koiné’s most recent album, Visit. Based on the German idea that worship is a "Visit" with God. “The album [Visit] is arranged as a musical tour of our church's liturgy,” says Benj Lawrenz (Guitars – Koiné), "culminating in the moment God visits with us in the flesh through Holy Communion."
Koiné is excited to announce dates for the second leg of their Visit Illuminated Tour 2015. During April and May, we toured a number of places throughout the Midwest and are extremely grateful for the overwhelmingly positive responses from these events. While our St. Marcus event is posted in entirety on our YouTube Channel for your enjoyment, if you have the opportunity to Visit with us live, you won't be disappointed.
Below are a handful of dates confirmed thus far, with a few possible dates still available. If we're coming your way, we hope to see you there. If you are in a position to make decisions for your area and are interested in hosting one of these events, let us know.
Monday, September 21
Mount Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church
Wednesday, September 23
Winnebago Lutheran Academy
Thursday, September 24
Manitowoc Lutheran High School
Friday, September 25
Date Still Available
Saturday, September 26
Date Still Available
Wednesday, October 21
Date Still Available
Thursday, October 22
Date Still Available
Friday, October 23
Michigan Lutheran High School
Saturday, October 24
Markesan Middle/High School Gymnasium
Sunday, October 25
Date Still Available
Join us at 5:30PM
on Sunday, June 28th
You know that beautifully angelic voice you hear on all of Koiné's recordings . . .
That is the voice of Tracy Fedke. Tracy has been singing with Koiné since 2006, when she and her newlywed husband, Micah, moved to Milwaukee to begin their lives together. Since that time, Tracy has been an integral part of Koiné's music ministry, adding a richness and depth to our sound through her amazing harmonies, and writing a number original songs and melodies along the way.
Tracy and her family are relocating to the beautiful state of Georgia in July, so we would like to send them off in style! Her final worship service with us before the move is at 5:30pm on June 28th for LIVEIT at St. Marcus Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, WI.
WE WANT YOU ALL TO BE THERE!!!
This move does not mean Tracy will no longer be a part of our ministry by any means, but of course she will not be able to join us for our regular events too often anymore. She is still planning on helping us write, create, and record beautiful music for a long time to come.
So join us for a night of worship, giving thanks and praise to the God who has guided us so far, and who will guide and bless the Fedkes in their new home as well . . .
If you want to say "thank you" to Tracy or you want to send your well-wishes to the Fedkes, you can send us a message on our facebook page, or send a card to:
2036 N 2nd St.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Koiné is excited to announce that Brian Davison, lead vocalist of Koiné, will be singing the National Anthem for WELS Night at Miller Park on August 14, 2015. Join other WELS churches from around the area for a fun night out filled with fellowship and baseball at Miller Park! Seating will be together for WELS members in all three seating areas.
Tickets can be purchased online at
Deadline to purchase tickets: Monday, August 3
Up to 50% off select tickets
Field outfield box: $21
Loge outfield box: $17
Terrace reserved: $9
Check out a recent article our bassist Matt Scott wrote for Holy Hen House
There’s magic in hearing your kids sing. Most likely, they’re slightly off key, out of rhythm and they butcher the lyrics, but it’s still magic. I didn’t always appreciate children singing. In fact, when my wife, a teacher, invited me to hear her class sing in church, I couldn’t understand why she would extend an invitation to which I had no personal connection. I was foolish, and this is why.
I am now a father of 3 wonderful girls, all under the age of 5. While they are developing their own interests and personalities, I realize the most fascinating aspect of watching someone grow is seeing how their passions move them. What they choose to learn, repeat and perfect are the things that resonate with them, the things that they hold dear.
I play bass for a band called Koiné. We specialize in arranging traditional Christian hymns with modern instrumentation. So, instead of singing along...Read the full article at Holy Hen House
July 4-13, 2015
Check out this video explaining this exciting outreach opportunity!
This outreach effort is being headed up by St. John's Lutheran Church in Jefferson, WI for their sister church, St. Paul's, located near downtown Pilsen. As you can imagine, a bold outreach opportunity like this is an expensive one. Your help is needed. If you are so moved to support this effort, a fund has been set up in order to accept your gifts.
Please send a check to:
VBS St. Paul's Plzen CZ
PO Box 81
Jefferson, WI 53549
Please note that your gift does not support Koiné Music Ministry directly, but rather the work of St. John's Lutheran in Jefferson, WI and their sister church, St. Paul's Lutheran in Pilsen, who have asked Koiné to be a large part of this outreach effort.
May God grant this work great success, all to the glory of His name!
Koiné presents Visit Illuminated, a multi-media convergence of art, sound and faith. Experience Koiné's latest album Visit, as they play the album in its entirety, un-packaging the subtle details of the album through breathtaking imagery. Based on the idea that God invites us to "visit" with him, Koiné's Visit Illuminated traces this experience from the doorway of the church to the Lord's table where we visit with God in person.
|Sun Apr 19St. Marcus Lutheran Church|
|Fri Apr 24Martin Luther College|
|Sat Apr 25Luther High School|
|Sun Apr 26St. Croix Lutheran Grades 6-12|
|Fri May 15Luther Preparatory School|
|Sat May 16Illinois Lutheran High School|
The following article was taken from December 2014 newsletter for Thoughts of Faith.
This summer I received a good-hearted gift from a previous year VBS volunteer, Mrs. Yvonda Hirch, and her family. Along with a blessing card there was a pair of CDs by a band called Koiné.
You may not know that the word koiné means common, ordinary. The kind of Greek language used by the original New Testament writers is also called koiné because it was a common language of the people all over the Roman Empire at the time of Jesus.
The band Koiné defines its mission with simple yet very meaningful words: “Common Language. Common People. Extraordinary Message.” The band shares with the world “their unique take on familiar Christian hymns”