February 4, 2011
Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
In This Issue
Online Registration Open
Bach Collegium Japan at VU
Role of the Cantor Poster
M.S.M. at Luther Seminary
Concerts at Seattle Conference
Church Music Scholarships at VU
St. Olaf Choir 2011 National Tour
International Choral Composition Contest
New Grace Notes & R4 Newsletters Posted
Mendelssohn Conference
Publish Your Business Cards
Quick Links



Online Registration Open for Seattle Conference - July 31-August 3, 2011


Online registration is now available for this summer's ALCM national conference in Seattle. Prior to registering, you may wish to view complete conference information on the ALCM website. Conference brochures are being mailed this week.


During the registration process you will be asked to make several choices regarding workshops during the conference. You will also want to decide whether you intend to include post-conference master classes in your registration. Complete descriptions of all conference workshops and post-conference classes are available on the website. 

Seattle Conference LogoHousing is available on the campus of Seattle University (the conference venue) and at the Red Lion Hotel. A variety of lodging options are available, so be sure to check out the information on the Lodging & Transportation page as well as "housing tips" before making your housing plans.

Bach Collegium Japan to Perform at Valparaiso University


Valpo horizontalThe Bach Institute at Valparaiso University presents the only Chicagoland appearance of the Bach Collegium Japan in a performance of Bach's B minor mass. Led by their esteemed music director, Maasaki Suzuki, this event promises to be one of the most important arts events of the year in Chicago.


B minor mass - J.S. Bach

Bach Collegium Japan

Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

March 19, 2011    7:30PM

Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University

Pre-Concert Lecture by Christopher M. Cock,

Director, Bach Institute at 6:30pm


Exclusive Chicagoland Appearance


Tickets: $40 Adults; $30 for Senior Citizens and non-VU Students ($100 - Special event seating)

219-464-5162   www.valpo.edu/vuca

Role of the Cantor Poster Available  


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A newly redesigned color version of the ALCM poster The Role of the Cantor is now available. This poster, which has been out of print for many years, has been enhanced with subtle colors and new calligraphy by Ann Kirchhoff. The new color version of this classic poster, which is suitable for framing, is available for $15 (includes shipping and handling) and may be purchased through the ALCM web site or by calling 800-624-2526.

Fulfill Your Call as a Church Musician at Luther Seminary


Luther SeminaryDo you feel called to serve as a professional church musician? The Master of Sacred Music degree prepares pastoral musicians for service in the church.


The Master of Sacred Music program at Luther Seminary offers a comprehensive course of study conducted in partnership with the world-renowned music faculty at St. Olaf College.


Students in the M.S.M. program have the unique opportunity to be part of a small, intensive program within a large, well-established theological institution. The Master of Sacred Music program prepares students for service in the church as musically and theologically informed pastoral musicians.


Through this program, students will:

  • Elevate and refine existing music skills
  • Develop a solid theological and liturgical understanding
  • Prepare for leadership roles in music and worship
  • Join a welcoming community of musicians and theologians
  • Fulfill a call to serve the church through music

Sign up to audition. Upcoming audition dates are on:

Friday, Feb. 18 (application material due by Feb.1)

Monday, Feb. 21 (application material due by Feb. 1)

Monday, March 7 (application material due by Feb. 15)


Learn more about the Master of Sacred Music program at Luther Seminary at www.luthersem.edu/msm.


Concerts at the Seattle Conference


by Norma Aamodt-Nelson

Conference Committee & Region 4 Past President


ALCM 2011 conference planners are proud to present choral and organ performances sure to enrich and excite the palate. Following our opening worship at Phinney Ridge, we move to the darkened space of St Mark's Cathedral for the Office of Compline, chanted weekly at 9:30 p.m. by the Compline Choir. This Seattle tradition was begun by its founder, Peter Hallock, in 1956. Shortly after the conclusion of Compline, the mighty Flentrop organ will be heard in a performance by Faythe Freese, Associate Professor of Music at the University of Alabama. In demand as a recitalist, Dr. Freese was a featured artist and lecturer at the 2010 American Guild of Organists National Convention in Washington, D.C. She has served on the faculties of Indiana University, Concordia University-Austin, University of North Dakota-Williston, and Andrew College. When asked what she might play for this 30-minute post-Compline recital, Dr. Freese responded that her program would include the Charles Tournemire In Festo Pentecostes, Op. 56 from L'Orgue Mystique XXV.  Read more...

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Forte and Vivace Scholarships Auditions:

Feb. 5, 12, 21

Signature Artist Scholarships Auditions:

Feb. 19

up to full tuition

For music application guidelines,

contact 219.464.5454 or music@valpo.edu.


St. Olaf Choir 2011 National Tour 

St. Olaf Choir

The St. Olaf Choir and Conductor Anton Armstrong are pleased to announce their annual national tour that will feature 18 concerts in 10 states and 17 cities from Jan. 22, to Feb. 13, 2011. The tour includes performances at Omaha's Holland Performing Arts Center and Dallas' Meyerson Symphony Center, and concerts in the capital cities Denver, Des Moines, Lincoln, Topeka, Oklahoma City, Austin and Little Rock.


Tickets for all the tour concerts are now on sale and can be ordered online at stolaftickets.com.


Founded in 1912 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., under the direction of F. Melius Christiansen, the St. Olaf Choir is internationally recognized as a creative force behind America's a cappella choral tradition. This winter tour is part of the St. Olaf Choir's countdown to its 100th anniversary, and its program will feature an eclectic program of sacred and secular masterpieces past and present.


International Choral Composition Contest


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The Lutheran Youth Choir of North America invites all composers who seek to contribute to the continuation and growth of the creation of excellent sacred music for the Church to enter its second annual International Choral Composition Contest in 2011.


The winner of the inaugural contest in 2010, selected from entries received from Italy, Japan, Canada, and the United States, was "Why Not the Earth?" by ALCM member Ronald Nelson of Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition to the $500 cash prize, Nelson's composition will be performed at the Lutheran Youth Choir's new Festival of American Vocal Music at Mansfeld Castle in Wittenberg, Germany this coming summer, July 30 through August 8. The deadline for submissions to the 2011 contest is October 1; complete information about the composition contest as well as the Festival of American Vocal Music can be found on the Lutheran Youth Choir website, www.lutheranyouthchoir.org.

New Grace Notes and

Region 4 Newsletter posted 


Two new newsletters are posted and ready for viewing on the ALCM web site. Contents of each issue are listed below:

     New Wech Pipe Organ at Queen Anne

     Good Shepherd Institute (November 7-9, 2010)

     Seattle 2011 National Conference

     Saint Cecilia

     Bach Cantatas Conference (November 21-23, 2010)

     Lectures in Church Music (October 17-19, 2010)

     New from Bärenreiter

     ResourCenter: Offertory

     Recommended Sacred Recordings

     ALCM Treasurer's Report at 12/31/10   

Region 4 Spring 2011 Newsletter 

     Marshall Bowen Interview, 2011 Conference Chair

     From the Editor

     From the President

     Stuff That Works: Children/Youth Choirs

     Question Box: Ask a Pro

     Mark the Calendar

     Thank God for Our Lutheran Colleges

     Member Profile: Joseph Z. Pettit

     Tragedy in Tucson

     Update on Last Issue's New Members

     Region IV New Members

     Watery Beginnings


Join us for the day. . .

Luther Seminary 

Join clinicians Peter Mercer-Taylor, Bruce Bengtson, Kathryn Schifferdecker and David Cherwien to explore Mendelssohn and how his music fits the larger context of the church and its music.


Includes services of Morning and Evening Prayer with Mendelssohn's "Hear My Prayer" sung by members of the National Lutheran Choir.


This conference is sponsored by Luther Seminary's Master of Sacred Music program.


When: March 19, 2011


Where: on the campus of Luther Seminary,

        1490 Fulham, St. Paul, MN, 55108


For more information, or to register online, go to


Publish Your Business Cards and Support the Seattle Conference 


Seattle Conference LogoPlace your business card in the "God's People Sing - Seattle 2011" conference book this summer.



Submit 2 business cards and a b/w PDF of your business card (if possible) and a check to ALCM for $50.

Do you have 2 different business cards or an oversized card? Send 4 cards and a check for $85.



1. It assists with the expenses of the conference.  

2. It helps you make connections with other ALCM members

3. You get a copy of the conference book, even if you can't attend! 


Send your check $50 payable to ALCM with 2 business cards by April 10, 2011 to the Strongsville office (14367 Bennington Dr, Strongsville, OH 44136-8103). Payment must accompany cards; no billing. 


Check out the conference plans on-line at www.alcm.org. You can find all the details - leaders, presenters, workshops, worship, concerts, lodging, registration, etc. 


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