November 2, 2011
Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
In This Issue
Grace Notes Nov 2011 Issue
Summer 2012 Regional Conferences
News from the Board
Summer 2013 Biennial Conference
Good News - From the IRS???
Connect on Facebook
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25th Anniversary Hymn Festival Home Page  


Grace Notes November issue posted


The November 2011 issue of Grace Notes has been posted on the ALCM web site. Included in this issue:
  • Editor's Farewell
  • National Conference Reviews
  • 2011 Raabe Prize Winner:  Zeb Highben
  • Faithful Servant Awards:  Bighley & Rimbach
  • Saint Cecelia
  • Survey: Lutheran Summer Music Works
  • Bärenreiter: New Editions of Sacred Music

Summer 2012 Regional Conferences


Planning is underway for the regional conferences to be held in the summer of 2012. Conference locations and dates are:


Region 1 - Bethlehem, PA - June 27-29
Region 2 - Austin, TX - June 10-13
Region 3 - St. Peter, MN - June 14-16
               River Forest, IL - July 26-28
               Lincoln, NE - August 10-12
Region 4 - Thousand Oaks, CA - July 23-25
Additional information is available on the ALCM web site.
News from the Board 

Our Bylaws require that the Board affirm an "acting chair" in the event that the elected chair is not present. In response to Lorraine Brugh's leave of absence, the Board recently voted to appoint our elected Secretary/Treasurer, Kevin Barger, as the Acting Chair of the ALCM Board of Directors until the January 2012 Board meeting. At the time of that meeting, Lorraine will resume her leadership role. This allows the Board to discuss and conduct corporate business. Kevin and Lorraine have been and will continue to be in consultation during this time.


Plans are well underway for the development of a two year budget for 2012-2013.


Believe it or not, we are still finalizing some financial items related to the 2011 National Conference in Seattle. While we still do not have final results, all signs would be that the conference was financially solvent and we should have well-established reserve funds to be used for the planning and implementation of the 2013 National Conference in Valparaiso, which has already begun.


David Deery, a long time ALCM member, died in July and ALCM was named as a recipient of funds from his estate. This gift will be useful to the long-term planning of ALCM. When the Board meets in January, it will discuss both investment opportunities for some of these monies in order to keep a strong financial base for the organization as well as shorter-term projects designed to improve the day-to-day operations of ALCM.


Mark Your Calendar


Summer 2013 Biennial Conference
Valparaiso, Indiana
"God is Here: Worship in a Wireless World"
June 30 - July 3, 2013

In Memoriam: Donald Busarow

Noted composer, organist, and long-time ALCM member Donald Busarow died October 24, 2011 in Houston, Texas, where he had been receiving medical treatment. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 13 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time at Weaver Chapel on the campus of Wittenberg University. Bob Hobby is organizing music for the service. Anyone interested in singing in the choir for the service should send an email to Pastor Rachel Tune. Please indicate your voice part and whether you would be able to attend a rehearsal on Saturday, November 12.
A hymn festival honoring Dr. Busarow, hosted by ALCM Columbus: Cantor Connection, was held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Dublin, Ohio on May 11, 2011. Additional information about the hymn festival (including the recording that was made) is available on the Events page of the Cantor Connection web site.
The second CD in ALCM's congregational song series featured Dr. Busarow as organist and artistic director. The CD entitled "The Book, The Meal, The Song" is available on the ALCM web site. 

Good News - From the IRS???


Occasionally, you hear good news from the IRS, and this is one of those times. The good news here is that the IRA rollover has been extended, which could significantly benefit ALCM!


Tax legislation which includes the extension of the IRA Rollover was signed into law December 17, 2010, returning an opportunity for individuals to make a charitable gift by directing a transfer from a regular IRA to qualified 501(C)(3) organizations of their choice (like ALCM!). The extension expires December 31, 2011. All gifts must be completed by that date.


Who qualifies?

Persons who are 70½ or older may direct an amount up to $100,000 per individual or $200,000 per couple (with separate annuities) without incurring a taxable event. The gift would qualify for the annual required minimum distribution.


How does it work?

The IRA owner makes a written request to the IRA administrator to make a gift to a 501(C)(3) organization of his/her choice (such as ALCM). The donor would also notify the receiving organization of the forthcoming gift.


What are the benefits of a donor's gift from an IRA?

Donor avoids taxes when gift is completed prior to December 31, 2011. Donor may fulfill a pledge with a transfer from an IRA. Donor's gift qualifies for required minimum distribution. Donor takes advantage of legislation that encourages gifts and makes a difference in the lives of others.


Should I be aware of other information or restrictions?

Yes. The donor pays no taxes on the gift amount; at the same time, however, the donor may not claim a charitable deduction for a gift made through an IRA rollover since it is not received as income.


For additional information, check with your IRA administrator.


Connect on Facebook


Would you like to be part of ongoing conversations about church music? A Facebook group called Lutheran Church Musicians has been formed for that purpose. Over 300 musicians are already part of this group, and discussions range from musical settings of particular texts to music budgets to liturgical practices. This is a closed group; if you're a member of Facebook, type "Lutheran Church Musicians" in the search box, send a request to join the group, and a current member will approve you.


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Valparaiso, IN 46383