Sunday Worship 8:30am & 11 am Traditional 9:45am Informal
Whoever you are and wherever you are on your life’s journey,
there is a place for you here at San Marcos Lutheran.
Do you sometimes have questions about faith?
At San Marcos Lutheran we encourage questions.
This is a place where God’s inclusive love is proclaimed.
We are a community of grace where we are equipped to follow Jesus in compassionately loving our neighbors.

Sunday Concert Series

 Ascent Trio Plus October 8, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

This Jazz Trio featuring Tonga Ma’u on piano takes listeners on a musical journey with Tonga’s solid improvisation and the group’s cool, jazzy vibe. The Ascent Trio plays gigs all over San Diego and we can’t wait to hear what they will cook up for us at SMLC.

Prosecco Players November 12, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

The Prosecco Players are a San Diego-based performance troupe that present high-quality classical, musical theatre, and jazz concerts throughout Southern California. In their upcoming concert “Merry Music Menken,” The Prosecco Players pay tribute to the music of beloved composer Alan Menken who is best known for his work penning unforgettable Disney classics. Come with the whole family and enjoy a vast array of his tunes as the Players showcase his soaring melodies!

“Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi Pacific Ridge School Choir & Orchestra, Justine Hansen, Director December 10, 2017

The students of Pacific Ridge along with guest soloists will perform one of Vivaldi’s most beloved works, the “Gloria.” The concert will close with some light music to set the tone for Christmas.


Pacific Sound Brass Quintet  January 28, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

 The Pacific Sound Brass Quintet seeks to educate, minister, and entertain through the performance of quality brass literature. As an ensemble of active educators, PSBQ has style, substance, and just a touch of irreverence. There is something for every audience!

Festival of Song “Sing of Hope and Healing” Randall Sensmeier, Organ and Piano February 18, 2018

When the world and our lives seem out of control and on the edge of disaster, we can turn to songs of faith to keep our hope alive and to heal our weary hearts. Music can inspire, heal, and unite us in these troubled times. We will sing hymns and songs, both old and new, that have the power to transform us and help us on our journey of faith.

Randall Sensmeier serves as Organist/Artist in Residence at San Marcos Lutheran Church, Assoc. Editor at GIA Publications, Inc., and Cantor Emeritus of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Chicago. He has served as hymn festival leader, recitalist, clinician, conductor, author, & composer. His published compositions include choral octavos, keyboard & instrumental works, and a collection of hymn tunes.

Semisi and Fula Bula April 8, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

 Semisi mixes Polynesian rhythms with any style of music he takes a liking to, and calls it “Bula Music” The word “bula” is a greeting from Fiji. The group has been called San Diego’s Most Exciting & Entertaining Band with South Pacific Rhythms Influence.”

Margo Scarpelli, Soprano with Guest Guitarist, Eric Foster    May 6, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

 Winner of voice competitions and scholarships in San Jose, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and England bear witness to the musicality of Margo Scarpelli. She has been acclaimed for her performances in Madama Butterfly, Die Fledermaus, Tosca, La Boheme, La Traviata, as well as Broadway musicals. She has performed with major opera companies and has been a featured soloist with several major orchestras.

Eric Alan Foster is a composer, teacher and performer. He received his Master of Music Degree from San Diego State University with emphasis in guitar performance and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California Santa Barbara with emphasis in music theory and composition. Present music teaching positions include University of San Diego, Mira Costa College and private lessons at the Music Exchange in Vista.

This concert will be an exciting blend of opera, Broadway and Spanish selections.

Our Past 2017 Concerts

February 19, 2017—4:00 p.m.

Jenny Yun, Organ

Doris Payne, Piano

Mary Fawcett, Harp

On February 19th at 4pm, Jenny Yun (organ), Doris Payne (piano), and Mary Fawcett (harp) will present a beautiful program of familiar music, both classical and more popular. Most of the program will be music arranged for piano and organ. Sheep May Safely Graze by Bach, The Heavens are Telling by Haydn, Lord of the Dance, a Shaker Tune, and What a Wonderful World are just some examples of what you will hear. AND, you will be the first to hear an original composition for Organ, Piano, and Harp by Randall Sensmeier, which he composed just for this concert! Do join us for this special concert performed by San Marcos Lutheran Church musicians.

Jenny Yun

Jenny Yun began playing piano when she was five and credits her pianist mother for the early start.  One of her proud memories is performing the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major with the Korean Symphony at age fourteen. She studied Composition and Theory at Seoul National University, which gave her the ability to understand a broad range of musical compositions. Jenny’s passion for organ began while at University of Kansas, where she received her M.A. in Organ Performance while studying with renowned teachers including Dr. James Higdon and Dr. Thomas Ladd. She has also performed in various musical settings as a pianist and harpsichordist. She is currently the organist at San Marcos Lutheran Church.

Doris Payne

Doris Payne began piano lessons as a young child and continued with studies at Interlochen, Northwestern University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Fresno State. She has directed church choirs, taught classroom music, and has accompanied vocalists, instrumentalists, and choirs. She currently volunteers as music teacher in a 3rd grade and feels privileged to perform piano-organ duets with Jenny Yun.

Mary Fawcett
Mary Fawcett

Mary Fawcett began taking harp lessons as a young girl in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Her studies included a summer program in Dublin, Ireland, and three years at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. She has been a local artist for thirty years, specializing in weddings throughout the San Diego and Temecula area. Her website is

March 19, 2017—4:00 p.m.

Dream with Me: voice, cello, and piano trio

 Priti Gandhi(soprano), Erin Breene(cello), Ines Irawati(piano)

An afternoon of entrancing music for voice, cello and piano, performed by three outstanding musicians.

priti-gandhiPriti Gandhi has performed with many opera houses in the world, including Royal Opera House, San Diego Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Los Angeles Opera.




erin-breeneErin Breene, a graduate of the Juilliard School, is a member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and performs with Pacific Symphony.




ines-irawatiInes Irawati is an avid chamber musician and vocal coach, and is a faculty of Point Loma Nazarene University.




May  21, 2017—4:00 p.m.

Not for Sale—Grace or Creation

Festival of Song

Randall Sensmeier, Organ and Piano

It has been said that “we believe what we sing.” That begs the question: “Do we live what we believe?”  In song and word we shall explore the meaning and ethical implications of those words, while celebrating God’s amazing grace and declaration that “creation is very good.”

Randall Sensmeier is Artist in Residence at San Marcos Lutheran, Assoc. Ed. at GIA Publications, Inc., & Cantor Emeritus at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Chicago. He has served as hymn festival leader, recitalist, clinician, conductor, author, & composer. Published compositions include choral octavos, keyboard & instrumental works, and a collection of hymn tunes.




Our Past 2016 Concerts

Dec. 4, 2016—4:00 p.m.

In the Spirit of Christmas 

Deborah Liv Johnson, singer/songwriterdeborah-liv-johnson-2

On Sunday, December 4, award-winning singer/songwriter Deborah Liv Johnson will perform a variety of Christmas, original and favorite tunes at San Marcos Lutheran Church. Well-known for both her original music and her interpretation of classic Lutheran hymns and Christmas music, Johnson’s voice has always been her most compelling draw. One fan wrote, “She could sing the phone book and I’d listen.” Commenting on her recording of Georgia on my Mind, The Los Angeles Times wrote, “It is not surprising that Johnson’s luxuriant alto is the album’s most affecting instrument…” Johnson’s rendition of There is a Balm in Gilead has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube. Johnson particularly loves singing Christmas songs — “So many of them are really lullabies…so sweet and pure.”

 Oct. 30, 2016—4:00 p.m.

Bach to Berio: Rachel Woolf Performs Works for Flute with Dana Burnett on piano rachel-woolf

From playing Bach in the middle of Stonehenge to performing for the Dalai Llama, Carlsbad native Rachel Woolf’s musical reach extends beyond the confines of any one genre. In this concert, she will explore a variety of flute works from the last 300 years.

Accomplished as a soloist and chamber musician, Rachel won the National Flute Association Masterclass Performer’s Competition, was a prizewinner at the San Diego Flute Guild and the Coeur d’Alene Young Artist Competitions, and her trio was recognized as a semi-finalist in both the Fischoff and Plowman chamber music competitions. Rachel performed at the Brevard Music Center for two summers and has performed under the baton of Keith Lockhart, Leonard Slatkin, Peter Oundjian, Michael Tilson Thomas, JoAnn Falletta, and Mathias Barnert. An avid champion of contemporary music, Rachel was a founding member of several new music groups, and has premièred numerous new compositions. She has also performed in a band with Darren Criss from GLEE, recorded on experimental rock band Swans new record, and recently completed her first USA/Canada tour with Dallas based symphonic pop rock band, The Polyphonic Spree. Accompanying her on piano will be Dana Burnett.