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November 1, 2012


Association of
Lutheran Church Musicians
In This Issue
Choristers Guild (Dallas Chapter) Workshop
Calvin Institute Symposium
Lutheran Youth Choir
The Ascending Voice III
Lutheran Summer Music Fall Update
24th Moravian Music Festival
Chorus America
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Lorraine BrughRequiem aeternam dona eis

Grant to them eternal rest

Who will you remember this All Saints day? In our assemblies many of us will hear the names of those who have died over the past year. Others of us will feel the poignant pain of remembering a friend or relative we have lost. This is an ancient practice of the church, and one that connects us to our humanity and mortality. It is a day when the church musters both its deepest grief and its highest joy.

Who will you remember this All Saints day? Take some time today to recount the saints in your life: those who brought you to faith, to the church, to music, to your vocation for church music. It may be a single person, or it may be many.  We all do what we do because someone taught us, or opened a door for us, or gave us an opportunity. They are part of the company of the saints who surround us. As you sing and make melody to God this Sunday, give a little thanks for the saints in your own life.

Blessed All Saints,
Lorraine Brugh

Dallas Choristers Guild     


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


Mark Burrows - Director of Children's Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Texas -- Youth Choirs


Francisco J. Nez - Founder and Artistic Director of the Young People's Chorus (YPC) of New YorkCity -- Children's and Youth Choirs


Martha Shaw - Professor of Music and Director of Choral Music Education at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia -- Children's Choirs


Lee Gwozdz - Director of Music of Corpus Christi Cathedral; Director of Music for the Diocese of Corpus Christi -- Children's Choirs


John Feierabend - Professor of Music and Director of Music Education at the Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford -- Pre-School Music


Also featuring:

Marva Dawn - Spiritual Theology

Mary Louise Bringle - Worship

Richard Sparks - Adult Choral

David VanderMeer - Handbells


Register Today!



Calvin Institute 

Registration is now open for the annual Calvin Symposium on Worship. The three-day conference is sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Center for Excellence in Preaching, located in Grand Rapids, MI.


This ecumenical conference brings together a wide audience of pastors, worship leaders and planners, artists, musicians, scholars, students, and other interested worshipers. People come from around the world to gather for a time of fellowship, worship, and learning, seeking to deepen and integrate all aspects of worship, develop their gifts, encourage each other, and renew their commitment to the full ministry of the church.


See for the list of 100 presenters and program information.


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A Tale of Two Cities...

Write YOURSELF into the story with the Lutheran Youth Choir! Join us for our second Festival of American Vocal Music, July 17-31, 2013 at Mansfeld Castle in Luther's boyhood town of Mansfeld, Germany! 

  • Perform with German and American young people who love American music
  • Tour significant Luther and Bach heritage sites
  • "Flash Sing" in the capital city of Berlin! 

For information and application, go to

Early application discount now in progress through January 31, 2013. Financial aid is also available.


Ascending Voice   

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.

Lutheran Summer Music Fall Update

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Lutheran Summer Music hymn festival, led by ALCM member Zebulon Highben

The Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival (LSM) completed a successful fall application promotion, bringing in over 80 student applications. We hope to have more than 100 applications by the end of November. All applications received by November 30 receive the highest early application discount of $250!


In addition, any student using the application code ACLM13 will automatically receive an additional $100 discount. Please email Sue Olstad, Director of Admissions, at if you would like additional LSM materials for your youth music ensembles. Build in even more discounts for your students by enrolling in the Young Musicians Partnership. Click here for more information.


Encourage young musicians in your congregation to discover a four-week home where musical excellence is achieved, lifelong friendships are born, faith is deepened, and the spark to serve is ignited. Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival, June 23 to July 21, 2013, on the host campus of Luther College.



The 24th Moravian Music Festival

July 14-20, 2013 in Bethlehem, PA


Join us for a week-long celebration of the spirituality, heritage and beauty of Moravian music. The 24th Moravian Music Festival is a unique opportunity for music lovers to gather and enjoy learning music new to them, hearing and presenting concerts and worshipping together in an atmosphere of warm fellowship surrounded by music. Sing in the Festival Chorus, play in the Festival Band, join in the handbell choir or trombone choir, hone musical skills and learn more about the history of Moravian music.


For registration and program information, visit


Come to sing, play, learn or just listen!


Chorus AmericaThe John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Chorus America are excited to announce several performance opportunities for choruses in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area between June 9-15, 2014. During that time, the Kennedy Center will present the first National Choral Festival and Chorus America will simultaneously host its Annual Conference.
Click here for more information. The application deadline is November 30!
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