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June 1, 2013


Association of
Lutheran Church Musicians
In This Issue
Conference Almost Here!
Conference Odds & Ends
Prelude Music Planner
In Memoriam
Bach Cantata Camp
Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Ruth and Paul Manz Organ Scholarship
June 2 Hymn Festival
Choral Workshop

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Lorraine Brugh Transitions 

For many of us, the transition from May to June is huge. Lots of endings: final rehearsals, services, performance, good-byes, Godspeeds, Confirmations and graduations. Once the air clears from this activity, the new time can yield a space for transition.  It might just be time to read a good book, or work in the garden. It might be time to transition to a new position, to retirement, or to some time alone. Transitions are a time in between, a liminal time, a created space to create and recreate.

One of those transitions, both for me and for ALCM, is the transition this summer of ALCM's presidency. In its wisdom, ALCM has built into this office a time of transition. Anne Krentz Organ will officially assume the presidency at this summer's biennial conference, but has served on the executive board these past 2 years a president-elect. While I finish my presidency officially at the conference, I remain on the board for another year as past president. I have no doubt that there will be a smooth transition into Anne's presidency, and our system facilitates that. The gifts that Anne brings - her buoyant spirit, her love of composition, and her attention to detail - will serve her well in this role.


I am grateful for the time I have served as president.  I have enjoyed writing, here and in CrossAccent, about the things I find important in this work that we do. I have grown while president in encouraging new leadership, and in finding new partnerships. ALCM is a network of folks who care about each other and the church's worship life, and is knit together through music. I thank you for this opportunity to serve as we together transition into new leadership.

Lorraine Brugh
ALCM President

"God Is Here: Worship in a Wireless World"

June 30-July 3, 2013

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso IN

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Dear ALCM Friends and Colleagues,


God Is Here! As we know, God is everywhere...but our "here," at least from June 30-July 3, is Valparaiso University, the site of the ALCM biennial conference, "God Is Here: Worship in a Wireless World".


Technology is both bringing us together and setting us apart into our own virtual worlds. What does this mean for flesh-and-blood communities? For worship? For choirs?


We will discuss those questions, raise many more, and be our own flesh-and-blood community for four days. Along the way we will sing, pray, listen, learn, challenge (and be challenged), grow, and celebrate our one-ness is Christ; we will share our stories, and hear old stories in new ways; and we will raise our voices together in praise to God!


If you are still waiting to register, now is the time! You know where to go -


Indiana Dunes Tourism VU is ready for you, and so is the planning team, so safe travels to all, and I look forward to greeting you in Valpo on June 30!


May God bless our time together,
Julie Grindle
Conference Chair





Conference Odds & Ends


Remember, if you are travelling by plane and you are not renting a car, you will need to take the bus to Portage, Indiana. Please fill out this travel form, so that we will know when you plan to arrive and leave. We will arrange for the taxi company to meet you when your bus arrives. When selecting the bus, remember to take into account flight delays, baggage pick-up, and the time it will take to walk through the (large) airport.



Do you need to arrive early or leave late? If you're staying in university housing, you can add a Saturday or Wednesday night stay to your package. Details are included on the web site.


Register online 

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In Memoriam


Ashlyn Mengel Ashlyn Ramsburg Mengel of Charlotte, North Carolina died on May 28, 2013 after a courageous journey through ovarian cancer. Most recently, Ashlyn was a Music Ministry Associate at Christ Lutheran Church in Charlotte, NC. 

Read more. . .



Randel Wolfe Dr. Rändel Lynn Wolfe, DMA, 52, of Reading, Pennsylvania, passed away April 14, 2013, following a long illness. Rändel was Director of Music and the Arts Emeritus at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, Reading, where he served for 12 years. Read more. . . 

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The Bach Cantata Camp at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest is a week-long music camp for singers and string players of high school age. This camp is offered to those who are particularly interested in using their musical gifts toward the glory of God in worship. Day programs and residential tracks are available, as are scholarships to those in need. Watch the Cantata Camp video at or HERE. Please direct any questions you may have to Pastor Costello at Soli Deo Gloria!


Ruth and Paul Manz Organ Scholarship


Organ students are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Ruth and Paul Manz Organ Scholarship. This scholarship was established by Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota, to honor the contributions of both Paul and Ruth Manz to the congregation over the 37 years of their service there.


This annual scholarship is a testimony to the witness of Paul and Ruth Manz to Jesus Christ through the ministry of music and many other expressions of their faith and commitment to Jesus Christ and His Church. The scholarship is intended to be an encouragement to organ students who are preparing for careers as church musicians. The winner will receive $3,000.00.


Application requirements and additional information

ALCM Columbus: Cantor Connection Launches Countdown to the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation 

Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 7 p.m. hymn festival:

"Martin Luther's Deutsche Messe:
Then - and Now"

All Saints Lutheran Church
6770 North High Street
Worthington, Ohio

Hymn Festival Program

  Choral Workshop

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Held at:

St. Armands Lutheran Church

40 N. Adams Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236

Prepare for your choir year with multi-publisher choral reading sessions. There's a special Friday evening concert with Pepper Choplin -not to be missed!


Friday night (Aug. 23) concert with Pepper Choplin

Saturday workshop sessions 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.


$55 for Full Registration - $35 for Guest Registration (no reading session packets)

After June 28th, full registration is $65 and guests are $40

Lunch is included in the registration cost. Cancellations after August 9th will be credited at 50%.

Don't wait... register today! Extra discounts available on all reading session titles for conference attendees!

To register go to, click on "conferences" and scroll to Gloria Deo, Sarasota.




Association of Lutheran Church Musicians

Valparaiso University
810 Freeman Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383