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July 5, 2012


Association of
Lutheran ChurchMusicians
In This Issue
Calvin Institute Resources
Luther Decade Reformation Hymn Festival
Summer 2012 Regional Events
New Worship Planning Aids
Executive Director Search Update
New ALCM Logo
Fundraising Help Wanted
Choral Music Workshop
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ALCM Summer Events



Reformation Hymn Festival



ALCM 25th Anniversary Hymn Festival 



ALCM on Facebook




I believe that anyone would be hard-pressed to find an organization more collegial and more caring than ALCM. Few professional organizations can boast of the creativity, work ethic, faith, and wisdom of our ALCM members. Just take a moment to imagine: What if the church's worship was without the focus and talent of 1500 skilled musicians and pastors? What would our work life be like without the support and mentoring of dedicated and compassionate colleagues?


Nowhere is the value of ALCM more evident than when we are gathered for worship, learning, and socializing together. It has been my privilege to attend this summer's Regional events in Austin, TX and St. Peter, MN, and I will soon be in route to Thousand Oaks, CA (passing through Northfield, MN to represent ALCM at the St. Olaf Worship, Theology, and Arts Conference!). Although I did not personally attend the Region 1 conference in Bethlehem, PA, Lorraine Brugh reported that it was a wonderful event as well. While distinctly different from each other, these events are clearly the life-blood of those who attend. Arriving professionally parched and end of season weary, everything about the sharing, humor, worship, and learning visibly transformed and revitalized the participants.


What are you planning in your ministry for fall? Soon you will be able to share the details of your events on the ALCM website or write a review and tell about your successes. Send us pictures when you can - it's fun to see what others are doing. Or post your information on Facebook and get feedback from your colleagues.


Kate Adelman

Interim Executive Director



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Luther Decade
Reformation Hymn Festival 


Luther DecadeALCM member Don Armitage has partnered with Susan Palo Cherwien to create a Hymn Festival celebrating the 2012 Luther Decade theme 'Music and the Reformation.' In collaboration with the ELCA offices of Worship and Global Mission, this hymn festival explores the hymnody inspired by Luther and the global voice of song that continues the reforming and transforming work Luther began. Hymns, narrations, performance ideas and program notes will be available at in mid-July. Additional information about the Luther Decade is available on the ELCA web site. Additional information about the hymn festival will be posted on the ALCM web site as it becomes available.


Summer 2012 Regional Events


There are still three events from which to choose! 


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

        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).

New Worship Planning Aids


From Concordia Publishing House

CPH 2013 Worship Planning Book


Worship Planning Book, Year C 2013

$20.00 / No. 99-2272


Designed with both pastor and musician in mind, this comprehensive planning calendar provides resources for the Sundays and principal feasts of Lutheran Service Book Year C, from the First Sunday in Advent through the Last Sunday of the Church Year. The resources of numerous planning books are brought together under one cover with a two-page spread for each Sunday that features: readings; theme, hymn, and collect of the day; hymn suggestions; calendar; music suggestions; and service planning outline. 



From Augsburg Fortress


Augsburg Fortress announces the release of Prelude Music Planner. This web-based tool provides a wealth of music, thoughtful commentary, and time-saving planning tools to help church musicians prepare for weekly worship.


Prelude allows you to:

  • Quickly organize and plan music for each week.
  • Explore a wealth of new music while getting the most out of your existing music library.
  • Dig into rich commentary around the weekly readings and discover new music suggestions.
  • Downloard the music you need, right when you need it.

Sign up for a free 14-day trial subscription. For more information, go to


Executive Director Search Update 


June 30 marked the close of the application period in the search for a new ALCM Executive Director. Seventeen applications were received. Those applications will be reviewed by Search Committee Chair Thomas Schmidt (Board member-at-large), along with President Lorraine Brugh, President-Elect Anne Krenz Organ, and Norma Aamodt-Nelson. Upon completion of the interview process, this team will make their recommendation to the Board of Directors for approval. 


New ALCM Logo

ALCM New LogoHave you noticed the new ALCM logo? The original ALCM logo was designed by Robert Sirko, who also designed the covers of CrossAccent for nearly 20 years. His creations have stood the test of time and became the visual ALCM brand.


In January 2012 the Board sought new logo designs from four different graphic artists, seeking an image that reflected the both the graceful and professional aspects of a church musician's work. Each artist submitted several different designs, and each created new generations of designs as the Board requested. The new ALCM brand is the work of Kathryn Brewer, a graphic artist in the Chicago area.



Fundraising Help Wanted
Bethlehem Music Series in Minneapolis, MN is seeking an energetic, passionate person to do grant writing and fundraising for its organization. The Series is in its 31st year of eclectic and high quality, free concerts and is widely recognized as a valuable arts offering to the community. If interested, please contact Maria Bucka at 612-312-3411 or [email protected]. The part-time position is available immediately.



St. Armands Key Lutheran Church in Sarasota, Florida is hosting a Choral Music Workshop on August 25th featuring Joseph Martin, Brad Nix and Lloyd Larson.


St. Armands Circle is beautiful, and there are many restaurants and shops - plan to make it a weekend! Choir members as well as choir directors, accompanists, organists and other musicians are welcome!


To register go to Select "Conferences" (left side), then select "Gloria Deo - Sarasota." Questions? Contact the folks at Pine Lake Music or email Jane Lautner at [email protected].


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