May 7, 2012

Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
In This Issue
St. Olaf Conference on Worship, Theology & the Arts
Calvin Institute Worship Grants
Summer 2012 Regional Events
Call for Business Cards
John Ferguson Retirement Celebration
Choral Title Wanted
Summer & Fall Planning Helps
Organ Competition
Region 4 Newsletter posted
Quick Links

Donate to ALCM



St. Olaf Conference



Calvin Institute of Christian Worship



ALCM Summer Events



25th Anniversary Hymn Festival Home Page  


Everyone wants to be a part of a successful organization. Being recognized as 'the best' or the 'member's choice' is worth pursuing.


Is ALCM one of those successful, member-choice organizations? Over the past year I have represented ALCM at a wide range of events, conferences, and trade shows where 'the word on the street' is very good news! I have been amazed at the widespread interest in ALCM's accomplishments and the strength of ALCM's collegial and professional reputation.


Can you help spread that good news? Is there someone in your community that can benefit from being part of this dynamic organization? Perhaps you recognize leadership skills in someone that would be a good fit for ALCM. Now is the time to engage new or returning members.


Here's a current snapshot of opportunities, activities, and connections to share:

     - Summer Regional Conferences

     - Luther Decade Hymn Festival (information available online July 1)

     - Executive Director search

     - Call for Raabe Prize submissions

     - 2013 Biennial planning (June 30-July 3, Valparaiso University Campus)

     - Downloadable online resources

     - 2012 Annual Fund campaign (contribute online)


Kate Adelman

Interim Executive Director


The St. Olaf Conference on

Worship, Theology & the Arts


July 16-20, 2012

St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn.


St. Olaf Conference


The theme for this summer's conference is CONFLUENCE: gathered in God's love. Confluence is the meeting of two or more streams. When we begin this conference at opening worship, we are confluent, a collection of people from all across the church joining together for learning, listening and nourishment.


Pastors, church musicians, artists and lay leaders from all denominations and congregations big and small participate in CWTA. Conference leaders include theologians David Lose, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., Ben Stewart, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, Kristen Kvam, St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, and Don Saliers, Emory University. Musicians for the week include Anton Armstrong, John Ferguson, David Hagedorn and Jill Mahr, St. Olaf College and Judy Bowers, Florida State University.


Please see our website for more information and to register.




Worship grants

       Sheer wonder at the beauty of God,

       gratitude for the gospel of Christ,

       and eagerness to deepen self-giving service in
               God's world.


Are you eager to deepen worship in your community? This ecumenical grants program, now in its 13th year, has supported worship renewal in more than 500 worshiping communities across North America. (Worship Renewal Grants Program funding from Lilly Endowment Inc.)


Visit the Calvin Institute web site for more information.



Summer 2012 Regional Events


Registration is open for all six ALCM conferences that will be taking place this summer. Please note that rates are set to change soon for Region 2 - register now!


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

        June 27-29 - Bethlehem, PA

        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

        Registration rates increase May 20 - register now!

        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).

Call for Business Cards


Publish your business card in regional conference books this summer!


Submit 2 business cards and a check to ALCM for $35.
Do you have 2 different business cards or an oversized card? Send 2 copies of each card and a check for $60.
Do you want to include your business card in all 4 region's books? Send 5 cards and a check for $120.



  • Assist with the expenses of the conference.
  • Make connections with other ALCM members - who you are and where you serve.
  • Get a copy of the conference book, even if you can't attend!

Send business cards and payment to:

     Christopher Dent

     ALCM Advertising Coordinator

     5421 Ivywood Lane

     Columbus, OH  43229


Deadline for submission:  May 31, 2012

John Ferguson Retirement Celebration  


As you may know, John Ferguson will retire this spring. On behalf of St. Olaf College and the Reunion Committee, we invite you to share in some exciting opportunities to support and celebrate John Ferguson. There are several events planned, some require registration on the St Olaf College website, however specifically the Organ Recital and Cantorei Concert are free for worshipping attendees.



Although we know that not all of you can attend in person as you are located all over the United States and abroad the invitation is extended. We do encourage any and all to participate in the following:

* "Like" the John Ferguson Facebook Page -- (Lots of fun photos already posted). Take a is NOT only for Alumni, it is for anyone who wants to remain connected to these events.)
* Upload a photo, card or memo for the digital memory book we are creating for John Ferguson
by emailing:

* Share a favorite hymn arrangement or anthem that you may have used in your worship services of concerts


Public Event Highlights - St Olaf College, Northfield, MN
Saturday, June 2, 2012
* 2:00-3:00PM - Alumni Organ Recital 
* 4:00PM - Cantorei Reunion Concert: A Festival in Song
* 6:00PM - Ferg Feast - Reception Dinner (registration required)
* 8:30PM - Evensong Service 
* 10:30PM - Saturday at the Movies: "Buster Builds a Home" with Ferg at the organ



Choral Titles Wanted!


What are your favorite "tried and true" Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany choral pieces? CrossAccent Music Review Editor Dr. Jean Boehler will be presenting choral reading workshops "ALCM Mixed Choir Choral Favorites" and "ALCM Children and Youth Choral Favorites" at the Region 1 Conference, "God Made Manifest: Liturgy, Song, Life" held June 27-29, 2012 in Bethlehem, PA. All members are encouraged to share titles of their all-time-favorite SATB, SAB, 2-pt, unison, and children's choir literature for the Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany seasons. Newly published literature or chestnuts that have withstood the test of time are welcome! It is hoped that a variety of styles and difficulty levels will be represented which reflect the diversity of our ALCM membership. When submitting your choral favorites, please include title, author, publisher, and octavo number, as well as your name, title, and the congregation which you serve. A comprehensive list will be distributed to all workshop participants and later posted on the web site. Please email titles to Region 1 thanks you for your for help and looks forward to seeing you in Bethlehem next summer!



Summer & Fall Planning Helps


  As you begin planning for summer
and fall, check out these previously-published issues of "Tips for the Twenty-Fifth:"

Organ Competition  


Longwood Gardens is pleased to announce the inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, June 18-23, 2013. Organists from around the globe will compete on The Longwood Organ for the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize, the largest cash prize of any organ competition. Preliminary and final rounds will be held in the magnificent ballroom at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The Longwood Organ is among the world's largest concert organs, with 146 ranks and 10,010 pipes.


Applications will be available online June 1.


For more details, visit


Region 4 Newsletter Posted


The summer 2012 Region 4 newsletter has been posted on the ALCM web site. Here's what you will find inside:


Areté Vocal Ensemble

   Conversation with Wyant Morton

The Braeded Chord

   Conversation with Sharon Dennis & Doris MacDonald

From the Editor

   Carole Lea Arenson

From the Prez

   Joy Berg

California Conference Worship

   Joy Berg

Member Profile

   Frederick Frahm

Youngest Member

   Ryan Gunderson

Around the Region

   Erik Floan & Tom Keesecker

List of Region 4's Biennial Events


New and Returning Members

Mark YourCalendar



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