April 11, 2012

Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
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Call for Workshops for 2013 Conference
Summer 2012 Regional Events
Church Music Exchange Program
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Lutheran Summer Music Update
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Easter greetings on this fourth day of Easter. These are the days when we church musicians can usually catch our breath, think about something other than the next liturgy, and maybe even take a day off. Whether this brief respite is your time to celebrate the resurrection, or the liturgies themselves provided you with the nourishment they certainly provided for many others, may the joy of the resurrection and the assurance of new life be yours today and through the season.


Easter peace and joy,

Lorraine Brugh

ALCM President

Call for Workshops:

ALCM Biennial Conference, Valparaiso University

"God Is Here: Worship in a Wireless World"

June 30-July 3,2013



2013 Conference LogoThe theme of next year's biennial conference revolves around the changing face of technology and how it affects our worship and our lives. It is not about technology in worship (though that can certainly be discussed), but rather how technology is changing us - giving us shorter attention spans, creating virtual communities that sometimes replace flesh-and-blood communities, and drawing us into every wider circles of friends around the globe while shrinking our personal worlds onto IPhones. If you have a workshop idea that "syncs" with this theme, please send it to Program Co-Chair Jim Loeffler at [email protected]. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2012. Thank you for your interest, and mark the conference dates on your calendar now. For more information, please visit the conference website.


Summer 2012 Regional Events


Registration is open for all six ALCM conferences that will be taking place this summer. Please note that the early registration deadlines for Region 1 and 2 conferences are set to expire on this Sunday, April 15. After that date discounted registration fees will no longer be available.


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 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

        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).

Church Music Exchange Program

in Germany


Hochschule fur KirchenmusikStudents at Valparaiso University studying German and organ can take advantage of an exchange program with the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Rottenburg am Neckar. In spring 2010, Emily German (Fort Wayne, Indiana) was the first Valpo student to spend a semester at the Hochschule; while there, she had the opportunity to play a variety of organs, sing with the Hugo-Distler-Chor in Berlin, and take courses and lessons in organ and voice while perfecting her German skills. The exchange is supported by the Henry and June Giebel Scholarship from Valparaiso University; other scholarships are available, as well. If you know students who could benefit from this great program, please direct them to the Valpo website: http://www.valpo.edu/foreignlanguages/german.

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From the folks at

Lutheran Summer Music


Lutheran Summer Music


Thank you for your continued support of Lutheran Summer Music Academy. We appreciate your partnership and are excited to welcome so many of your students to this summer's academy.


There is still room for students to enroll at LSM this summer. If you have a gifted young musician in your congregation, we would enjoy an opportunity to add them to the 2012 LSM community!


LSM will make every effort to find a placement for all students who want to attend LSM, but we have an urgent need for violas, bassoons and male vocalists.


Less urgent, but certainly helpful, we are guessing many of your Easter services include some young brass musicians. We still have some studio space for: trumpets , trombones or French horns.


For these students, the 15% student discount through the "Friends & Family" Challenge is still available. Click here to qualify your student(s) for this discount. (NOTE: Funds are getting low, so be sure to nominate your student ASAP!.)


For more information, contact Sue Olstad, director of admissions at [email protected] or by phone at 888-635-6583.


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