March 7, 2012

Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
In This Issue
Calling all "Tipsters"
Summer 2012 Regional Events
Bach Tage at Mount Olive
AGO Pipe Organ Encounters
Region 4 Newsletter
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ALCM Summer Events



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It is amazing to learn of the variety of worship and music expressions that emerge during the season of Lent. Among us, the midweek services are freely structured around the unique leadership and musical gifts of the people within the community - and for others, worship follows historical patterns that connect the past with the present. What is happening during this season in your congregation?


One of the great benefits for belonging to ALCM is the opportunity to share meaningful worship experiences, successful planning techniques and the plethora of creative ideas. We have much to learn from one another.


Much of this conversation is happening on Facebook. Lutheran Church Musicians is the group name. There you can ask resource questions, seek advise, find out-of-print materials or participate in discussion groups. (Last Christmas, I was able to fulfill someone's Christmas list by supplying a slightly used organist's edition of SBH!) Currently, Mark Mummert is leading a deeper learning discussion based on Gordon Lathrop's new book, The Four Gospels on Sunday: The New Testament and the Reform of Christian Worship.


Alongside the social media tools available to us, the programs for the summer 2012 conferences and workshops are overflowing with opportunities for professional growth, personal reflection time, and cultivating/renewing friendships. Information and registration is available online (see the article below for specific links.) Summer airline rates are at their lowest right now and there are early-bird registration rates available, too. I encourage you to take advantage of these discounts and give yourself the gift of time in the company of colleagues.


The success of Tips for the 25th and One Minute Devotions are a testament to the knowledge base, spiritual formation, and attitude of sharing that exists within our membership. Check the article below to see how you can contribute tips of your own, recommend new music, or add to the list of musical gems that bear the test of time.


Watch for the newly formatted CrossAccent to arrive in your mailbox soon. Editor Jennifer Ollikainen and her capable Publications Team have designed the journal to meet the member needs prioritized in the publications survey taken last summer, while at the same time assuring that the content and appearance are consistent with ALCM's reputation for scholarship and quality. As always, your comments will be welcome and helpful.


Lenten Blessings,

Kate Adelman, Interim Executive Director

Calling All "Tipsters"


The March edition of "Tips for the Twenty-Fifth" will contain tips for the
50 Days of Easter, and for this issue we're inviting tips from the whole ALCM membership. Do you have favorite Easter repertoire? Or perhaps some advice or suggestions to share? Send one or two tips via email to no later than March 15 (that's next Thursday!). Unless it is really obvious, please identify the category in which your tip fits: assembly song, choral, keyboard & instruments, children, handbells, contemporary, global. For repertoire suggestions, please list the publisher and ISBN or catalog number. If you'd like to see what's been done previously, past issues of the "Tips" are posted in the Members Area of the ALCM web site. Let's work together to make this issue of "Tips for the Twenty-Fifth" the best one yet!

Summer 2012 Regional Events


Registration is now open for all six ALCM conferences that will be taking place this summer:


Region 1 - "God Made Manifest: Liturgy, Song, Life"

        June 27-29 - Bethlehem, PA

        Early registration deadline: April 15

        View the conference schedule

        Register online for the Region 1 event

        Print & mail a registration form


Region 2 - "Simple Gifts: 'Tis a Gift to Be Simple" 

        June 10-13 - Austin, TX

        Early registration deadline: April 15

        View the revised conference schedule

        Register online for the Region 2 event

        Print & mail a registration form


Region 3 - "Faith to Sing Always: Teaching the Faith and Growing Community Through Music"          

        June 14-16 - Saint Peter, MN

        July 26-28 - River Forest (Chicago), IL

        August 10-12 - Lincoln, NE

        Register online for the Region 3 events

        Print & mail a registration form


Region 4 - "Behold I Tell You a Mystery: Telling God's Story in the 21st Century" 

        July 23-25 - Thousand Oaks, CA

        Early registration deadline: March 31

        View the conference schedule 

        Register online for the Region 4 event

        Print & mail a registration form 


Please note: Payment must be made at the time you register. If you register online, your registration is not complete until you complete the online payment information (last page of the form).

Bach Tage at Mount Olive


Bach TageRegistration will soon begin for the Sixth Annual Bach Tage at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis. A brochure will be in the mail in a few weeks, and additional information will be posted on the parish website as well at Please mark the dates on your calendars now for the Sixth Annual Bach Tage at Mount Olive!!!!


Kathy Romey will again be conducting at Bach Tage. She is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Minnesota and artistic director of the Minnesota Chorale. Originally a student of Bach specialist Helmuth Rilling in Germany, Ms. Romey continues to work in artistic collaboration with Rilling at the annual Oregon Bach Festival and in Germany.

The main cantata to be performed in the Sunday, June 10, Service of Evening Prayer will be BWV 75, Die Elenden sollen essen, with orchestra and soloists Susan Palo Cherwien, Susan Druck, William Peterson, and Daniel Mahraun.


An All-Bach Concert on Saturday, June 9, will provide a break in a day full of study and rehearsal of the cantata. The 4:30 p.m. program will include Bach's Sonata for Oboe and Harpsichord, BWV 1030b, by Stanley King, oboe, and Arthur Halbardier, harpsichord, and organ works presented by Cantor David Cherwien.


Set aside the dates now for Bach Tage 2012, June 9 & 10.


AGO Summer 2012
Pipe Organ Encounters


High School Student at VU


The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is celebrating its twenty-fifth year of Pipe Organ Encounters -- summer camps for teenagers and adults who wish to play the pipe organ. Click on the links below to find out more information including locations of 2012 programs.


Pipe Organ Encounter
A POE is a 4-5 day event organized by a local AGO chapter that introduces participants aged 13-18 to the world of the pipe organ. 


Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced
A POEA is a 5-6 day event organized by a local AGO chapter that provides a higher level of pipe organ instruction and intense course study for students aged 13-18 who have already achieved a high level of success in organ study. 


Pipe Organ Encounter Plus
POE+ is a 4-5 day event organized by a local AGO chapter that provides organ instruction to students 19 and older. It is open to beginners as well as more advanced students. 



Region 4 Spring 2012 Newsletter 


Check out the news & articles in the Spring 2012 Region 4 newsletter, which is posted on the ALCM web site. This issue is full of good information that will be helpful for all ALCM members!


What's Inside Region 4 Spring Newsletter?


Region 4 Conference Insights - page 1

From the Editor - page 2

Member News: List of NEW Members - page 4

Region 4 Conference Schedule - page 5

Mark Your Calendar - page 6

Update on New Members - page 6

ASK A PRO: Bradley Ellingboe - page 7

ASK A PRO: Gregory Peterson - page 8

Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion - page 9

Around the Region: Charles Cornner - page 11

Around the Region: Marshall Bowen's Award - page 12

Handbell Repertoire - page 13



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