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September 7, 2012


Association of
Lutheran ChurchMusicians
In This Issue
David Bielenberg Named New ALCM Executive Director
2013 Raabe Prize Announcement
Ascending Voice III - Pepperdine University
Fall Festival of Hymns - Concordia University Irvine
2013 Biennial Conference
ALCM Web Site Needs Photos Update
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Lorraine Brugh
From the president

"Don't you love fall?" This was the first email in my inbox this morning, and was from a dear friend and ALCM colleague. I do love fall, and in these early days of September I can already feel many of the changes this season brings. I like a lot of these changes: new choir members to welcome, new music to learn and lead, new colleagues to get to know. September is always a time of transition for me, a time of new beginnings.

September is a also a time of change and new additions for us in ALCM. I am so pleased that David Bielenberg will be our new Executive Director/Director of Development. Over the past few weeks I have gotten to know David a bit through the interview process. I have been impressed with his sense that this is the right time for him to turn his arts management skills and experience toward a church-related organization. I believe we will find in David a love of church music, a deep desire to use his gifts in service of the church's music, and a skilled communicator. I look forward to working together with him, and hope you will also enjoy his leadership on our behalf.

With any transition and change there also comes loss. Over the next couple months Kate Adelman will transition as Interim Executive Director, gradually reducing her hours as she initially works alongside David. There will be some overlap in their appointments so that Kate can share her work with David and assist him in learning the role of Executive Director. I am so thankful for Kate's steady and calm leadership during this transition. We haven't skipped a beat, and I am grateful to her for filling the Executive Director's shoes so well. I will miss her leadership on the board, and as our interim leader. Thanks, Kate! Welcome, David!
Lorraine Brugh
ALCM President
ALCM Welcomes David Bielenberg
New Executive Director
David Bielenberg  
We are delighted to announce the appointment by the board of directors of David Bielenberg as ALCM's new executive director. David brings to this position a life-long love of church music coupled with extensive experience in arts management and fund-raising. Welcome, David!

2013 Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Composition

Raabe Prize  

The Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Composition is awarded every two years for a single musical work, published or unpublished and written within the last five years, that reflects a larger history of excellence on the part of the composer. While any sacred piece may be submitted, works that include the voice or voices are preferred over those for instruments alone. The composer need not be Lutheran. The $2,000 monetary award is shared equally by the winner and a musical or ecclesiastical organization chosen by the composer. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2012. Additional information, including guidelines for submission, is available on the ALCM web site.




 Call for Choral Participation, Workshops and Papers

The Ascending Voice III is an international symposium and choral festival devoted exclusively to a cappella music in Christian worship. Held on one of America's most beautiful campuses, the symposium features presentations by the world's leading authorities on this rich style of worship. Daily concert lineup includes performances by:

  • Top collegiate choral groups
  • Sweet Honey In The Rock
  • The Los Angeles Master Chorale
  • The Festival Chorus conducted by Dr. Allen Hightower of Luther College  

Go to for more information. 



Concordia University Irvine Presents


Fall Festival of Hymns - God Revealed

Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 3:00 pm

Concordia University Center for Worship

and Performing Arts


Concordia University's annual hymn festival will feature the gifts of members of the Concordia community. Long-time friend of Concordia and revered organist Charles Raasch will lead the festival from the beautiful Casavant organ. Mr. Raasch has composed a new hymn tune on a text by Steve Mueller that celebrates the ways in which God is revealed through Holy Scripture.


In addition to Mr. Raasch's compositions, the festival will also include new hymn arrangements by Alex Guebert '11 and Christian Guebert '11. English professor Thea Gavin will share reflections on the many ways in which God is revealed to us, and the Concordia Wind Orchestra will join with the Concordia Choir, Master Chorale and organ to lead us in praise, prayer and meditation.


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2013 Conference Logo   
Details are being finalized for ALCM's 2013 biennial conference, which will be held on the campus of Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana. Registration will begin this fall. If you have 2012 continuing education money left over, you will have the opportunity to pay that money this year towards next summer's conference fees. Additional information will be posted on the web site and included in next month's e-newsletter.
We're Still Looking for Photos! 

ALCM Logo with baton As we mentioned last month, our web site is moving to a new platform (WordPress), which will give us much more flexibility and control. Thanks to those of you who sent photos last month. We'd still like to have more, especially photos of people involved in music-making in your congregaton. If you have photos to share, email them as
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Did you know? . . .

Your purchase of a copyright license now includes the ability to access download boxes for many of the hymns and songs covered by the license. For additional information, go to the web site or contact:


Tim Redmon, administrator


Association of Lutheran Church Musicians

Valparaiso University
810 Freeman Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383