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Sacred Spaces, Ceremonies & Gatherings

I've enjoyed performing and leading music in many sacred spaces from a variety of spiritual traditions for worship services and ceremonies. I've played for countless funerals as well as hospital and hospice bereavement services. As a long time hospice and bereavement music therapist, I find working in spaces of grief deeply rewarding. I also play for weddings as I'm available.

I play guitar, ukuleles, Native American flutes, meditative percussion, sing, and song lead. I lead music and liturgy most third Sundays at Lyndale Lutheran Church. In my position as Coordinator of Worship Arts and Online Engagement for Good Samaritan United Methodist church, My Sunday morning availability to play Sunday mornings in other churches is far more limited than it used to be, but I can be available for select Sunday mornings or other times of the week.

I have a broad repertoire of hymns, old spirituals, folk, country gospel, world, original meditative music, and some contemporary music. I strive to create interaction with congregations through singing, instrument playing, and movement. I've improvised on the Native American flute with Philip Brunelle, and other organists. I'm also an experienced worship leader and speaker with diverse musical and spiritual influences.

Meditative Church Sampler - Christian Nielsen
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Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Christian Nielsen
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Christian performs a Native American Flute

prelude at Basilica of St. Mary's, Minneapolis

Click here for more Native American cedar flute

"Whether you're singing or playing- it's not like other musicians- it's just so healing- that must be because you use music to heal others every day."


This is a partial list of Churches where Christian has performed or been involved in services

  • All Saint's Lutheran Church, Norwood Young America

  • Augsburg College Chapel

  • Basilica of St, Mary's, Minneapolis

  • Centenary United Methodist Church, Mankato

  • Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

  • Chaska Moravian Church

  • Church of the Ascension, Norwood Young America

  • Delano United Methodist Church

  • Excelsior United Methodist Church

  • Faith Lutheran Church, Waconia

  • First Lutheran Church, Glencoe

  • Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Chaska

  • Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church

  • Hokah United Methodist Church

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church, Brownton, MN

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church, Gaylord

  • Lanesboro United Methodist Church

  • Light of Christ Lutheran Church, Delano

  • Lyndale Lutheran Church, Maple Plain

  • Minnetonka United Methodist Church

  • Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church, Belle Plaine

  • Our Savior's Church, Sacred Heart

  • Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis

  • Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, Buffalo, MN

  • St. James Lutheren Church, Howard Lake

  • St. John's Lutheran Church, Belle Plaine

  • St. John's Lutheran Church, Chaska

  • St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Jordan

  • St. John's United Church of Christ, Norwood Young America

  • St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Waconia

  • St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Minneapolis

  • St. Mary's Catholic Rectory, Arlington, MN

  • St. Mary's Catholic Church, Waverly, MN

  • St. Micheal's Catholic Church Gaylord

  • St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Arlington, MN

  • St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Watertown, MN

  • St. Peter's Catholic Church, St. Cloud

  • St. Peter Lutheran Church, Watertown, MN

  • Stillwater United Methodist Church

  • Temple Israel, Minneapolis

  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Gaylord

  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Waconia

  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Watertown

  • Waconia Moravian Church

  • Wesley United Methodist Church

  • White Bear Lake United Methodist Church

  • Unity Unitarian Church, St. Paul

  • Zion Lutheran Church, Arlington​

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