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October 4, 2012


Association of
Lutheran Church Musicians
In This Issue
From Executive Director David Bielenberg
Choristers Guild (Dallas Chapter) Workshop
Raabe Prize Revised Submission Deadline
Church Music Institute Offer
Save the Dates - Valpo Conference
Reformation Hymn Festival
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Kate Adelman Reminiscing on Time Gone By...


Time flies when you're having fun! Most times we say that with a note of sarcasm -but this time I mean it! August 1 marked my seventh year of continuous participation in the leadership and mission of ALCM; two years as Board President-Elect, three years as Board President, and a nearly completed final year as Board Past-President that rolled into an additional year as Interim Executive Director.


But then, who's counting? It's not about me - or you - as much as it is about how vigorously and innovatively we have toiled together to create unity of purpose, passion and context for inspired worship, and a community in which every ALCM member has resources to fulfill the Cantor's 'high and holy calling.'


With gratitude, I offer up my 'time in the box' alongside those who have come before me. With a tangible sense of accomplishment, I share with you the joy of welcoming David Bielenberg as the new Executive Director, whose experience, leadership, and character mirror the gifts we have prayed to receive. As I return to 'normal' life in Scottsdale, I have every confidence that you will continue to provide David, Cheryl, and the Board of Directors the same clear communication and spirit of cooperation you have so generously given to me.


ALCM has and will continue to be a wellspring of rich blessing and my professional home...more than I could ask or imagine. Thank you for the privilege of serving.


See you in Valpo in 2013!

Kate Adelman

From Executive Director David Bielenberg

David Bielenberg 

I had the pleasure of attending the 150th anniversary service at St. Peter's Church in New York City on Sunday, September 23. As many of you know, Thomas Schmidt, one of our "at large" board members is Director of Music there. Tom was also the chair of the search committee responsible for hiring me, so I've gotten to know Tom a bit through that process. When Tom invited me to attend the special service, I thought it was a great first opportunity for me in my new role as Executive Director of ALCM.


What a glorious liturgy it was! Tom and his fellow musicians literally pulled out all the stops. Traditional music and hymns mixed with contemporary and jazz settings of the ordinary and psalms demonstrated that a variety of styles and genres of music can work together beautifully. From Ralph Vaughn Williams' Te Deum, to a glorious new jazz setting of Psalm 150 with congregational refrain by Director of Jazz Ministry Ike Sturm, the service was a seamless celebration of music and the word.


That afternoon, Tom led a historical hymn sing which included selections from the five hymnals that have been used at St. Peter's between 1877 and today. From Lobe den Herren from the 1877 Kirchenbuch (sung in German, of course!) which had been sung at the dedication of the "new" church in 1905, to Siyahamb' ekukhanyen' kwenkhos' from Evangelical Worship (2006) which the choir and congregation brought to life with movement and percussion, the breadth of hymnody at St. Peter's was captured beautifully. My only regret is that I could not stay for the Jazz Vespers later that afternoon.


Congratulations to Tom and all of the musicians who made such a glorious celebration that day of the life and ministries of St. Peter's over the past 150 years.


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The Dallas Chapter of Choristers Guild is proud to present its annual Church Music Workshop on Friday and Saturday, January 11-12, 2013 at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, located in Dallas, Texas. 


Highlighting Clinicians:


Richard Sparks-Chair of Conducting and Ensembles at the University of North Texas. Director of the professional chamber choir Pro Coro Canada -- Adult Choral


Marva Dawn-Renowned theologian, author, and educator with over 25 publications in print. Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology at Regent College, Vancouver, BC -- Spiritual Theology


David VanderMeer-Director of Music and Find Arts Ministries at Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA -- Handbells


Mary Louise (Mel) Bringle-Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of the Humanities Division at Brevard College -- Worship


Also featuring:


Mark Burrows --Youth Choirs

Fransisco J. Nez -- Children's and Youth Choirs

Martha Shaw -- Children's Choirs

Lee Gwozdz-- Children's Choirs

John Feierabend -- Pre-School Music


Register Today!


Revised Submission Deadline for

2013 Raabe Prize

Raabe Prize  

Please note that the deadline for submissions for the 2013 Raabe Prize has been extended to February 1, 2013. Additional information, including guidelines for submission, is available on the ALCM web site.

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ALCM members who join for the first time can receive a 20% Discount on their CMI membership.

Use coupon code:  ALCM2012


Save the Dates!
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June 30-July 3, 2013 is our biennial conference in Valparaiso, IN, "God Is Here: Worship in a Wireless World." Look for registration materials online and in mailboxes before Thanksgiving. The November e-newsletter will include details about pricing. If you are budgeting for next year and need specifics about costs before November 1, please contact Cheryl in the ALCM office. The November e-newsletter will also include information about using your leftover continuing education funds to make a partial payment towards your registration. Check out conference information on the ALCM web site.


We hope to see everyone there!


Julie Grindle

Conference Chair


Reformation Hymn Festival

 Luther Decade

With Reformation Day just a few weeks away, have you thought about celebrating with a Reformation Hymn Festival? You'll find all of the materials you need on the ALCM web site. Learn more about the Luther Decade celebration on the ELCA web site.

Association of Lutheran Church Musicians

Valparaiso University
810 Freeman Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383