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September 3, 2013


Association of
Lutheran Church Musicians
In This Issue
Calvin Institute Vital Worship Grants
New St. Cecilia Article Posted
Christmas with St. Olaf
Luther Seminary Hymn Festival
Prelude Music Planner
Kyries and Glorias
"Musik & Kirche" Available
Upcoming Recitals
New CrossAccent Issue

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Anne Krentz Organ New Beginnings


A new choir season, a new semester, pencils sharpened, folders of music ready to be distributed, musicians eagerly awaiting the first rehearsal . . . it's time to dive in! As we sit on the cusp of a new season, we hope and pray for nimble fingers at the keyboard, singers who remember how to shape an "ah" vowel, instrumentalists who play in tune, rehearsals that begin on time with everyone focused and prepared to work.


We know from experience that there will be highs and lows, times of rejoicing and times of sorrow as we lead our people through the coming year. All of our hopes and dreams, our efforts and plans, are in God's hands. We read in Jeremiah 29:11, "For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope."


Blessings to each of you as we start a new season,


Anne Krentz Organ

ALCM President


  Calvin Insitute of Christian Worship

New St. Cecilia Article Posted

                                                               St. Cecilia

This month's St. Cecilia writer expresses concern that so few new choral & hymn compositions written for worship use these days seem to draw upon the Holy Scriptures for their text. Check out St. Cecilia's response by logging in to the members area of the ALCM web site and selecting "Dear St. Cecilia" from the column on the left.



The St. Olaf Choir in Norway on PBS this Christmas *NEW*

St. Olaf
Recorded in the famous Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway in June 2013, the St. Olaf Choir presents a one hour Christmas special on Public Television stations across the United States this December. Joining the St. Olaf Choir and conductor Anton Armstrong is Nidarosdomens jentekor, the resident girls choir from the Cathedral. Check your local listings for dates and times. After the program airs it will be available for purchase on CD, DVD and BluRay at

 Te Deum laudamus: Let Us Praise God

  A Festival of Hymns 


Paul Westermeyer Please join Luther Seminary's Master of Sacred Music graduates and friends as they gather for a hymn festival in honor of Dr. Paul Westermeyer, Emeritus Professor of Church Music and Seminary Cantor. The festival will take place at 4pm on Saturday, September 28 in the Chapel of the Incarnation, 1490 Fulham Street, St. Paul, 55108.

This event has been organized at the request of Luther Seminary's Master of Sacred Music graduates who want to come together to thank their teacher and mentor Paul Westermeyer, to wish him well in his retirement, and celebrate the gift of music.

ALCM is co-sponsoring a
reception that will follow the hymn festival.  


Leaders include: Rev. Laura Thelander, Susan Cherwien, Mark Sedio and St. Olaf faculty James Bobb, Catherine Rodland and John Ferguson (emeritus).


The event is free and open to the public. Those of you in the Twin Cities area may wish to post this flyer in your churches.


                              Prelude Music Planner

Kyries and Glorias 


"Kyries and Glorias" is a new opportunity for ALCM members to request prayers from within the ALCM community. One may ask for prayers of intercession (Kyries) and/or thanksgivings/rejoicings (Glorias).


An example might be: Request for healing for John Doe, diagnosed with cancer. 


Prayer requests will be posted on the "Kyries and Glorias" page in the Members Area of the web site. To add a prayer request, complete the request form, and it will be posted within 24 hours, although it may be a bit more on weekends and holidays.  

Musik & Kirche Available  


Musik & Kirche

The periodical Musik und Kirche has been the major source for protestant church music in Germany for decades. First published sometime during the middle 1930's, it survived the severe limitations of WWII, managing to be published occasionally during that time and continuing to the present. ALCM member Mark Bangert is down-sizing and is offering an almost complete run of the periodical to any ALCM member for the cost of shipping. Contact Mark at

 Upcoming Organ Recitals


Redeemer Lutheran in Austin, TX is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their 50-rank Visser-Rowland organ and the recent addition of a new rank (16' Quintaton on Great) and multi-level capture action with a recital on SepteOrgan consolember 8, 3:00 pm featuring Grammy award-winning Paul Jacobs. Free to the public.


Organist Andrew Schaeffer, a recent graduate of the Yale School of Music, will be presenting a recital to rededicate the 1970 Wicks Organ at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 200 N. Plum Grove Road, Palatine, on Sunday September 22 at 3:00 pm. The program will feature works by Jeanne Demessieux, J.S. Bach, Calvin Hampton, and George Shearing among others. Ample, free parking is available and the church is conveniently located within walking distance of Metra.


New CrossAccent Issue in the Mail!

A new issue of CrossAccent was mailed last week and should be arriving on your doorstep this week or next. The theme of this issue is "Intersections: The 50th Anniversary of Vatican II," which editor Jennifer Ollikainen describes as "a catalyst event that pushed us all beyond our denominational boundaries and sparked renewal throughout the Christian church."  

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