History of the Concert Series
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church was founded in 1912 in a small settlement called Slavia Colony, on the outskirts of Oviedo, which was still part of Orange County at that time. (Seminole County was established a year later.) By the early 1990’s, St. Luke’s had outgrown its facilities and a huge new sanctuary was added in 1993. The leaders discovered that the new worship space was a highly desirable acoustical space for musical presentations, as well as a place of worship.
In gratitude for this blessing, the congregation made a commitment to share the space and God’s gift of music with all the families of the surrounding communities by presenting a series of free public concerts.
For the first decade, the Series grew slowly, both in the scope of its musical offerings and in audience attendance. Judy Duda, who served as the Executive Director for 25 years, remembers when garnering an audience of 400 people was a major cause for celebration! Today, St. Luke’s offers eight free public performances (six themed concerts) and draws audiences totaling almost 6,000 annually (and more online!), during a season which stretches from September through April.
Meet the Team
- Concert Series Senior Advisor
- Director of Worship Gatherings
- Concert Series Executive Director
- Assistant Director of Worship Arts at St. Luke’s