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October 1, 2013


Association of
Lutheran Church Musicians
In This Issue
Summer 2014 ALCM Regional Conferences
Calvin Institute Vital Worship Grants
Dallas Chapter CG Church Music Workshop
Prelude Music Planner
Member Resources Posted
Kyries and Glorias
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David Bielenberg October greetings! 


I hope that each of you has transitioned smoothly into your 'regular' schedules with choirs back and full service schedules resumed. September can be both an invigorating and exhausting month for church musicians. I hope it has been more of the former than the latter for each of you. 


The 2nd annual National Conference for Sacred Music is coming up in January in Naples, Florida, and I encourage you to consider attending if time and resources allow. I attended last year's conference and found it full of great worship and performance experiences, as well as lots of practical and useful information exchanged. Augsburg Fortress and MorningStar are co-organizers for the conference, and ALCM, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts are all sponsors. It's a wonderful ecumenical opportunity to share with our Presbyterian and Methodist colleagues. 


John Ferguson, recipient of ALCM's 2013 Faithful Servant award, and Martin Seltz will be leading the morning worship services, and John and Anton Armstrong will be conducting the closing festival concert. ALCM is sponsoring Karol Kimmell as leader of three workshops: Visuals for Choirs, The Liturgical Year with Children, and Children's Choirs - Planning and Programming. And at lunch on Thursday I will host an informal meeting for all ALCM members present. 


And who wouldn't want to spend a few days in sunny Florida in early January! You can find more information here. 


I hope to see some of you there! 


David Bielenberg

ALCM Executive Director

ALCM Logo with baton Summer 2014 ALCM Regional Conferences
Four regional conferences have been scheduled for the summer of 2014:
  • Baltimore, MD - Christ Lutheran Church, Inner Harbor - July 14-16 - "The Three Days--Singing Salvation History"
  • Charlotte, NC - Christ Lutheran Church - June 30-
    July 2 - "Many Voices--One Choir"
  • Kansas City, MO - Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral - July 28-30 - "Setting the Table Well: Feeding Hungry Worshippers in a Fast Food Culture"
  • Portland, OR - Concordia University and St. Michael's Lutheran Church - June 15-18 - "Emerging: Living and Serving on the Hinge of Change"

Additional information will be posted on the ALCM web site as it becomes available.


Do you have leftover 2013 continuing education money? Watch for information in the November e-newsletter about paying a portion of your 2014conference fee in 2013, so that you do not lose it at the end of the year.

Church Music Workshop
January 17-18, 2014

The Dallas Chapter of Choristers Guild is proud to present its annual Church Music Workshop on Friday and Saturday, January 17-18, 2014 at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, located in Dallas, Texas. 2014 will feature our most comprehensive faculty to date!



Our Outstanding Lineup of Choral Clinicians Include: 

Anton Armstrong, St. Olaf College  -- Adult Choral 

Josh Pedde, Indianapolis Children's Choir -- Children's Choirs

Sue Ellen Page, Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, NJ -- Children's Choirs

Chris Crook, St. Andrew UMC, Plano, TX -- Youth Choirs

Heidi Scheibmeir, The College of Music of The University of North Texas -- Preschool Music


This year we have added an incredible liturgical inspiration and worship planning team featuring: 

Dr. Marcia McFee -- Worship

Joe Stobaugh -- Contemporary Music and Worship

Todd and Jennifer Pick -- Liturgical Arts in Worship


Also featuring:

Bradley Welch -- Organ and Keyboard

Brian Hehn -- Multicultural Sacred Drumming 


Register Today!


Member Resources Posted

If you have not visited the Members Area of the ALCM web site recently, you may have missed the following resources: 

  • Handouts from the Valpo conference (including service folders)
  • "Kyries and Glorias" - prayer requests posted by and for ALCM members
  • The return of the St. Cecilia column

To log in, go to the ALCM web site and click on the "Members Area" link at the top of the page. Enter your email address and password. If you have difficulty logging in, email us at or call us at 800-624-2526.    

Kyries and Glorias 


Remember - "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.  

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