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December 5, 2012


Association of
Lutheran Church Musicians
In This Issue
Conference Registration Open
Lutheran Youth Choir
New ALCM Web Site Launched
ALCM Merchandise Sale
R4 Winter 2012 Newsletter
Quick Links


Donate to ALCM



Raabe Prize



Reformation Hymn Festival



2013 Biennial Confernce 



ALCM on Facebook



David Bielenberg

Advent greetings to all,


It has been a busy fall at ALCM, as you will see in this newsletter. I am thrilled to announce that on-line registration is now available for our 2013 biennial conference at Valparaiso next Summer. You'll see information about that from Julie Grindle below. And our new website is up and live, thanks to many hours of work by Cheryl Dieter with help from Valerie Lefever Hughes. Check out our "The more we have, the more you save!" merchandise sale on the website. It's a great way to cross off some of the names on your Christmas list. And our next issue of CrossAccent is about to be mailed. Look for it in your mailbox soon.


In that issue you'll find an envelope in which you can make a tax-deductible gift to the ALCM annual fund. I hope you will do so as you are moved and able. Support from members and friends like you helps us to fulfill our mission to strengthen the ministry of worship and music in the Lutheran church.

Thank you.


Advent always brings to mind words from Paul Manz's popular anthem: "E'en so, Lord Jesus quickly come and night shall be no more. They need no light, nor lamp, nor sun, for Christ will be their all." May the light of Christ shine on you with abundance this season.


David Bielenberg,

Executive Director

Conference Registration Now Open! 
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Registration for the Biennial Conference is now open! "God Is Here: Worship in a Wireless World" will be held on the campus of Valparaiso University from June 30-July 3, 2013, and is sure to be both exciting and thought-provoking. Our plenary presenters include authors Elizabeth Drescher, Rev. Ben Stewart and Rev. Craig Mueller. The website has details about their presentations, as well as the theme of the conference. We are also featuring internationally known musician Martin Jean (worship leadership, recital, masterclass); the National Lutheran Choir with David Cherwien (worship leadership, workshop and a Monday evening hymn festival with Susan Cherwien); the Valparaiso University Bach Institute musicians under the direction of Dr. Christopher Cock (Tuesday evening prayer); and numerous musical workshop opportunities. Go to the ALCM website for details on presenters and workshops. Register online or print and mail a registration form.


Do you still have 2012
continuing education funds left?


You may use money from your 2012 continuing education fund to make a partial payment before December 31, 2012 and pay the remainder by March 1, 2013. This option is not available with online registration. To make a partial payment,

print and mail a registration form.



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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.


Welcome to the new ALCM web site!

ALCM New LogoLate Monday evening, December 3rd, the new ALCM web site was officially born - I mean launched! If you haven't already seen the site, take a look. Be sure to check out the "Welcome to the new ALCM web site" page, which explains some of the new features (and known issues).


As always, if you have questions, comments, or corrections, please send an email to or call us at 800-624-2526.

"The More We Have, the More
You Save" Sale! 


Looking for some inexpensive Christmas gifts? From now until Thursday, December 20th, shop the ALCM Marketplace for big savings. The more we have in stock, the more you'll save - recordings of ALCM hymn festivals begin as low as $5 each, including shipping! Regular prices resume at noon on Thursday, December 20th, so shop now!


ALCM ToteLooking for something completely new? Check out the ALCM totes, available in 4 colors - $15 each.  


With multiple pockets for carrying music, water bottle, pens/pencils, business cards, etc., these bags will help keep you organized and promote ALCM as well!


Region 4 Winter 2012 Newsletter Posted

The Region 4 winter 2012 newsletter is now available for viewing on the ALCM web site. It includes items of interest to all ALCM members, not just Region 4 members. Check it out! 


Association of Lutheran Church Musicians

Valparaiso University
810 Freeman Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383