February 2010
Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
Dear ALCM member:
In previous years in which regional conferences were held, ALCM members received copies of each region's conference brochure. This year you will be receiving through the mail a copy of the brochure for your region only. We are using this issue of the ALCM e-newsletter to highlight all of the 2010 summer conferences. Register online (beginning next week for conferences in Regions 1, 2 & 3; right now for Region 4 and YLS) or through the mail for the conferences of your choice.  
  • Region 1 - Pittsburgh, PA: July 26-29
  • Region 2 - Jacksonville, FL: June 20-23
  • Region 3 - A series of 1- and 2-day workshops across the Midwest
  • Region 4 - Boulder, CO: July 11-15
  • Young Lutherans Sing - Valparaiso University, July 27-31
There's something for everyone!
Cheryl Dieter
ALCM Business Manager
Region 1 Conference
Pittsburgh, PA - July 26-29
"The Song of the Church: Bridging All Times and Places"
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Plenary sessions exploring the conference theme will be given by Bishop Robert Rimbo and Thomas Long. Choose from three concentrated mini-courses: 
  • Worship Planning for Year A - Thomas Long & Cynthia Pock 
  • Exploring Contemporary Worship - Dennis Friesen-Carper
  • Rediscovering Early Music for Parish Choirs - Donald Meineke
Workshops will explore the following topics: children and youth choirs; percussion instruments in worship; working with volunteer singers; music for organ and instruments with limited resources; financial planning for church musicians; publishers reading sessions and more! 
The early registration deadline is March 15, so register now! You may register online beginning next week or print & mail a registration form.
For questions, or to reserve an exhibit space, please email conference chair Donald Meineke at [email protected].
Region 2 Conference
Jacksonville, FL - June 20-23
"Gathered to Learn, Sent to Serve" 
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Gathered to Learn: As church musicians we seek to create meaningful ministry, to learn new and unique ways to teach and deliver the Good News through music and worship, while honoring traditions that bring excellence in worship. We join with colleagues to grow in our personal development.
Sent to Serve: Everything we do is to glorify God and build up the ministries of the bodies in which we serve. Together, we make a difference, not only to those worshiping, but also within our own lives, taking the Good News out for the sake of the world.
Centered completely within beautiful, scenic Jacksonville, Florida, conference participants will enjoy this city by the water. The conference will be based at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church on Hendricks Avenue. All venues, attractions, and lodging options will be within an easy walk or short drive to the host site.
Please note that the early registration deadline is March 15, so register now to make the most of those precious budget dollars. Register online beginning next week or print & mail a registration form.
For questions, please contact Kevin Barger, conference director, at
[email protected].
Region 3 Mini-Conferences

For something a bit different, plan to attend one of the Region 3 mini-conferences in different parts of the Midwest. These events will include many of the wonderful things you'd expect at a larger conference, but in a shorter time-frame and at a lower cost.



Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS - June 17-19


Timed to coincide with Lindsborg's annual Midsommerfest, this mini-conference will feature faculty from Bethany College and neighboring institutions. Some highlights include:


Opening hymn festival:

    Domini Domino (Of the Lord, For the Lord)


Morning & Evening Prayer services


Reading sessions:

   Walter Pelz (works of Walter Pelz)

   Daniel Mahraun (choral)

   Lisa Simmelink (children's choral)

   Eunice Tarum (handbells)


Interest sessions:

   Hymns in Devotional Life

   Steps to Part-Singing

   Bach and His Congregations

   Organ Repertoire for Weddings & Funerals



Our Savior's Lutheran - Sioux Falls, SD - July 16-17


Join us at the beautiful Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls for our second summer Mini-Conference. The primary clinician for the weekend will be Dr. David Cherwien, nationally-known organist and composer who serves as cantor at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and music director of the National Lutheran Choir. A festival of hymns and workshops related to organ, choirs, and handbell choirs will round out the experience.

St. Paul Lutheran - Davenport, IA - July 18-20
The third and final Mini-Conference will take place in the Quad Cities at the marvelous facilities of St. Paul Lutheran Church. The new sanctuary with its 47-rank Bigelow organ and unique liturgical furnishings (crafted by local artisans) will shape a time of worship and musical renewal for participants. Clinicians will include Christopher G. Nelson (organ), Jon Hurty (choral), and Michael Zemek (choral). A pastoral perspective will be provided by Rev. Peter W. Marty, senior pastor at St. Paul.
Register online beginning next week or print & mail a registration form

Region 4 Conference
Boulder, CO - July 11-15
"Faith: A Compass For Leaders"


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You are invited to the magnificent Rocky Mountain city of Boulder for a nurturing event called "Gathering" which includes:

3 stellar keynoters - Dr. Ted Peters, Sally Morgenthaler & Dr. Gregory Peterson; 18 presenters; interactive "Focus" & "Forum" events; opening worship with children's choir; Evensong with Dr. Bradley Ellingboe conducting  & The Lutheran Finnish "Saint Thomas Mass"; 2 organ recitals; 2 commissioned songs; reading sessions; Chautauqua evening concert; Music Mart serving as our "music store"; Pre-Gathering time "Children, Music & the Church" with many presenters, Children's Choir with college students as mentors; Post-Gathering - Denver organ tour; plus much more found on the Region 4 website.  



Register now. Consider bringing additional congregational leaders to take advantage of the offer for 2 or more members to attend at a reduced rate. College students have an even lower registration fee and the opportunity to receive 4 free nights of "Bed & Breakfast" when they agree to serve as "mentors" for the children's choir at the Pre-Gathering!  Why not bring your entire family to this vacation destination!  Check out the website for more information.


Two ways to register:

Travel information and discounted housing options can be found on the website.


Hope to see you in Boulder!                                                                    

Steering committee:  Carol Churchill, Dr. Joy Berg, Kim Cramer, Jerry Gunderson, Valerie Hess, Thomas Keesecker, Gerry Luethi, Dr. Timothy Snyder, Helen Thoenes, Erik Whitehill and Carole Lea Arenson, chair 


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Young Lutherans Sing
Valparaiso University - July 27-31
YLS LogoDue in large part to the outpouring of monetary gifts in support of this important ALCM-sponsored program, Young Lutherans Sing will be held this summer on the campus of Valparaiso University. This choral and worship experience is designed for children who are currently in grades 4-8. Young Lutherans Sing provides participants with a variety of hands-on experiences and opportunities to develop musical skills. In addition, they gain an appreciation of the church's songs for future spiritual growth and worship leadership as members of their own congregations. Participants need not be Lutheran.
Michael Burkhardt will once again serve as YLS choral clinician and conductor. Award-winning author and master storyteller Walter Wangerin, Jr.  will be a guest speaker at this year's YLS camp.
The early registration deadline is April 20. You may register online or print out and mail a registration form.
If you have questions, please contact Linda Schmidt by email at [email protected] or by phone at 262-658-3555, x225.


Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
Valparaiso University
810 Freeman Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383