Lasting Legacy: A Tribute to Don Neuen

Whenever folks talk about the Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller and Shepherd’s Grove Church, one of the first things that comes to mind is our amazing music, and our sensational choir. It’s no secret that we are blessed to have the “best choir in the world,” as Bobby says so often from the pulpit.

At the center of that excellence is conductor extraordinaire Don Neuen, who has been faithfully serving our congregation with his immense talent and knowledge for several decades.

Don is known worldwide as one of the best performance leaders in the world, and one of the foremost scholars and experts on the works of Handel. His textbooks and scholarly work is widely used, and have been translated and shared around the world.

He is also the recipient of numerous accolades, including the highest honor given to citizens from his home state of Indiana.

Recently, Bobby Schuller joined Don in the choir loft to announce his upcoming retirement, which can be watched here:

We are thrilled for Don to begin his next chapter, and are overjoyed to send him with best wishes as we celebrate his work and time with us.

On April 20, 2017 at 5:30pm we will be hosting our special event, “Lasting Legacy: A Tribute to Don Neuen,” to be held in the Arboretum at Christ Cathedral. This occasion will include dinner with Don and friends, shared reflections and memories from his time with us, and sensational performances from longtime favorites like Tom Tipton, Dorothy Benham, and Daniel Rodriguez. Of course, Don’s beloved choir will be there as well, showcasing the love and skill he has added over the years.

Tickets are available for purchase starting Sunday, March 12, in the plaza at Shepherd’s Grove, or by calling us at 714-971-4000. Cost will be $25, with a limited number of VIP tickets available for $100. This is an exclusive event, and tickets WILL sell out!

We wish nothing but the best to Don and his wife in their newest adventure, and invite you to join us in showing our love and admiration.

God loves you, Don, and so do we!

Tickets can be purchased here:


Don will be leading the Hour of Power Choir for a special performance of Handel’s Messiah at Shepherd’s Grove on Friday, April 14 at 7:30 pm. This free event is open to all! learn more here.

8 Comments on “Lasting Legacy: A Tribute to Don Neuen”

    1. Oh yes, I agree. His artistry, his music flows from the heavens right down to our souls. May all of God’s blessings continue to fill your next chapter in life & bring you peace & joy!

  1. Don’s music has always inspired me, I will miss seeing him conduct the Choir each week. Praise God for the opportunity to witnessed Don’s gifts all these years on Hour of Power!

  2. I have greatly enjoyed the music provided by the choir led by Don Neuen. I would love to attend the upcoming Messiah performance, as well as the retirement celebration for Don Neuen, however a trip from Cincinnati at that time is not possible. Will it be possible to purchase recordings of these events?

    My best wishes and congratulations to Don and Sue!!!

    1. Well said Sue! I too am saddened to hear of Don’s retirement though well deserved. The respect and unity between Bobby and Don was so evident in this clip and a beautiful model for us.

      Will these events be recorded and posted online later so the International viewing audience can watch?

      Best wishes Don and Sue! When Bobby came to Winnipeg, MB last fall I asked if he could bring you along next time!

    2. Hi Sue!

      We share your adoration towards Don, as he has been an integral part of Hour of Power for years. Unfortunately the Messiah concert will not be able to be streamed or purchased. However, the Lasting Legacy performance for Don’s retirement will be available for purchase soon — keep an eye on the Hour of Power online store for updates!

      God loves you, and so do we!


  3. Don is phenomenal. He is a very demanding conductor and knows how to get the results he wants. He leaves some very large shoes to fill. He is inspirational and musical all in one package. I am privileged to know him and will enjoy playing for Tom Tipton at this concert on April 20, 2017.

    Just like the comedy world had a Johnny Carson who promoted young up and coming comedians, in the choral realm Don has done the same thing and supported literally and figuratively young up and coming vocalists, musicians and conductors.

    I thank God for Don Neuen!

    Art Scott, Pianist

  4. I was privileged to have been in Don’s choir in high school, and again in college. His inspiration has continued to bless and inspire every one of us, who have ever been under his amazing direction. What a gift he has been from our Lord!

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