Composer Don Wyrtzen to present concert Sunday night

Program to take place at Topeka Bible Church

Don Wyrtzen’s love for music started when he was a boy growing up in New Jersey in the 1940s.


He started taking piano lessons when he was a small child — his first teacher was born and raised in Topeka — then made music his career, dedicating his talents to God.

Wyrtzen would go on to graduate from Dallas Theological Seminary before focusing his talents on Christian music, making his living for around 35 years in Nashville, where he was a highly respected and well-known pianist, songwriter and composer.

Among Wyrtzen’s best-known s0ngs are “Finally Home,” “Worthy is the Lamb” and “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”

Wyrtzen will tell about some of his life experiences and play many of his songs during a concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at Topeka Bible Church, 1101 S.W. Mulvane. There is no charge for admission and a freewill offering will be received.

The concert with begin with Wyrtzen at the piano, playing a medley of modern-day praise and worship songs. He then will delve into an assortment of familiar hymns before performing songs he has composed.

Wyrtzen, now 74 and living in Mansfield, Texas, comes to Topeka a couple of times a year to visit family members. His wife, whose maiden name was Karen Parr, graduated in 1960 from Topeka High School.

The two met while attending Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and Wyrtzen said he has been to Topeka many times since then.

Among his wife’s cousins is David Hedstrom, a member of Topeka Bible Church, who helped line up Sunday night’s program.

“I’m excited about coming back to Topeka for this concert,” Wyrtzen said. “We’re looking forward to seeing a lot of relatives and a lot of other people in town.”

Wyrtzen took a break from performing concerts for a few years while he was a professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, but now is making plans to be on stage on a more frequent basis.

He said he is writing new songs “all the time” and is in the process of launching Don Wyrtzen Music, publishing his songs both for guitar and piano accompaniment.

Wyrtzen’s two new recording projects, released in the past six months, will be available for purchase at Sunday night’s program. One is called “Poet of the Piano” and the other is called “Hymns That Live Forever.”