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February 5, 2013


Association of
Lutheran Church Musicians
In This Issue
Conference Area Attractions
Luther Sem Sacred Music Conference
Moravian Music Festival
V.U. Student Opportunity
Favorite Hymn
FABM Music Conference
Quick Links


Donate to ALCM



Raabe Prize



Reformation Hymn Festival



2013 Biennial Confernce 



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Many ways to see the lightLorraine Brugh


Greetings as we approach the Transfiguration of Our Lord this Sunday. I was reminded this morning of the various access points we all have to seeing Christ's light, and how many forms it takes. It came to me, a Lutheran, from the United Methodist Musicians organization, about an orthodox understanding of the Transfiguration. I recount a bit of the devotion here:


"Our Eastern Orthodox brothers and sisters believe that Jesus, fully human and fully divine, was never really "transfigured." Jesus always embodied this shining glory. On this particular day on this particular mountaintop, however, who Jesus was in all his fullness was revealed to human eyes.


But there is more from the Orthodox tradition. What was revealed that day was a sign, a promise that we, too, will be transfigured, body and soul. We will not just be changed. In God's time, we will become holy, in the likeness of the Holy One. All because this glory was incarnated in the world, fully human and fully divine, for our sake."


We all view the light from different vantage points, but that does not diminish the light. Wishing you a good final week of Epiphany.


Lorraine Brugh

ALCM President

"God Is Here: Worship in a Wireless World"

June 30-July 3, 2013

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso IN


2013 Conference LogoI am happy to announce that ALCM has received financial support from Indiana Dunes Tourism ( for our upcoming biennial conference in Valparaiso.


As you make your conference travel plans, consider exploring the Indiana Dunes area before or after the conference. In addition to the beautiful dunes and coastline of Lake Michigan, there are many free activities to enjoy in the area. Every Friday in the summer, you can enjoy a free concert in Thomas Centennial Park in nearby Chesterton, and every Saturday explore the market at Central Park Plaza in downtown Valparaiso or the European market in Chesterton. After the closing BBQ dinner of the conference on Wednesday, July 3 you can catch fireworks on the lakefront to kick off your 4th of July celebration. More activities and celebrations on Independence Day take place in Valparaiso and nearby Porter.

Indiana Dunes TourismVisit the Indiana Dunes website for a listing of all of the different things to do and see in and around Valparaiso while you are in the area.


Many thanks to Indiana Dunes Tourism for their financial support of ALCM's 2013 biennial conference!


David Bielenberg

Executive Director


Arriving on Saturday or staying overnight on Wednesday? If you plan to stay in University housing, you may add one or both of these extra nights on to your stay. See the ALCM web site for details.


Register online now!


Luther Confernce 

Join us for a one day conference of worship, music, lectures and workshops featuring keynote speaker and Bach scholar Dr. Christoph Wolff. Topics will explore the B Minor Mass as well as J.S. Bach as theologian, performance practice issues and symbolism in Bach's music.


Included in the day's activities will be a one-hour recital broadcast live by Minnesota Public Radio with host Michael Barone. The conference day will conclude with a service of evening prayer featuring members of the National Lutheran Choir singing Bach Cantata BWV 12. Both the recital and evening prayer are free and open to the public.


Conference presenters include: Dr. Christoph Wolff, Harvard University; James Bobb and Catherine Rodland, St. Olaf College; David Cherwien, National Lutheran Choir; and Arthur Halbardier, Mount Olive Lutheran Church.


Register Today!


 The 24th Moravian Music Festival
July 14-20, 2013 in Bethlehem, PA


Moravian Music FestivalJoin 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! 

Unique Opportunity for Valpo Students


Hochschule fur KirchenmusikStudents at Valparaiso University studying German and organ can take advantage of an exchange program with the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Rottenburg am Neckar. In spring 2010, Emily German (Fort Wayne, Indiana) spent a semester at the Hochschule; while there, she had the opportunity to play a variety of organs, sing with the Hugo-Distler-Chor in Berlin, and take courses and lessons in organ and voice while perfecting her German skills. The exchange is supported by the Henry and June Giebel Scholarship from Valparaiso University; other scholarships are available as well.


If you know students who could benefit from this great program, please direct them to the Valpo website:

Favorite Hymn or Song of Faith


What is your favorite hymn or song of faith? Why? Briefly (300 words or less) tell us the name of the hymn/song, where we can find it, and what it means to you. Respond by February 8 to Elizabeth Hunter at The Lutheran magazine. Please include your name, your congregation's name, town, state and your contact information (phone or email).


Deadline: February 8


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