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November 1, 2013


Association of
Lutheran Church Musicians
In This Issue
Prelude Music Planner
Lutheran Summer Music Expands Offerings
Calvin Symposium on Worship
Dallas Chapter CG Church Music Workshop
National Conference for Sacred Music
Upcoming Recitals
St. Cecilia & Kyries and Glorias

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Giving Thanks 


Anne Krentz Organ

During November we give thanks for the saints who have gone before us, for our "daily bread", for the words of scripture that focus our thoughts on the end times and a transition into the season of Advent.


I am thankful for each of you and the work that you do week in and week out to enliven and strengthen the song of the church. ALCM is thriving in its mission to nurture musicians, pastors, and worshippers across North America. In order to continue this good work and to move ahead as an organization, ALCM invites contributions to the 2013 Annual Fund. These funds provide quality educational opportunities, collegial events, funding for our publications such as CrossAccent, resources on our website including the newly instituted "Kyries and Glorias," and student scholarships. 


On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank those of you who have generously supported the ALCM Annual Fund in the past - and encourage all of you to make your 2013 contribution today. 


With gratitude,

Anne Krentz Organ

ALCM President


Click here to make an online contribution through our secure website. If you prefer, you can send a check to:

ALCM Annual Fund

810 Freeman St.

Valparaiso, IN 46383

Lutheran Summer Music Expands Composition Offerings


This summer, Lutheran Summer Music expands to offer composition as a primary placement. The composition studio and electives will be led by composer Ralph Johnson, who will assist students in creating works focused primarily within the context of Lutheran worship settings and hymnody. A "Fresh Ink" recital will feature the work of the students at the end of LSM.




Ralph Johnson, LSM Composer in Residence, and student composers and performers at the 2013 Fresh Ink Recital


Composition, instrumental, vocal, piano, and organ student applications are now being accepted for LSM 2014, June 22 to July 20, on the campus of Luther College. Early application discounts, merit awards, and financial assistance are available. Build even more discounts by enrolling in the Young Musicians Partnership.


Encourage your students to apply before November 30 to receive a $250 early application discount and include the application code ALCM14 for an additional $100. For more information, email [email protected].


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!



The National Conference for Sacred Music is a unique conference designed to provide the practicing church musician with fresh new ideas to help create a vital, growing music ministry. The emphasis of this conference is to provide a wide variety of new approaches to revitalize and reinvigorate the Church's passion for music in worship.

Sessions will include the following:

  • The latest ideas on how to use social media with your church and choirs
  • Choral technique classes with an emphasis on deepening the spiritual experience for the choir member
  • Reading sessions featuring new publications from Augsburg Fortress, Hinshaw, and MorningStar Music Publishers
  • Sponsorship by three different denominational groups: The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, The Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts
  • Classes on growing the choir, attracting young adults into the music ministry, strategic planning, and educating the congregation about worship
  • Workshops for working with children
  • Handbells
  • Opening worship of Anglican Evensong with an all professional choir from Trinity-By-The-Cove
  • Morning Worship creatively crafted by John Ferguson and Martin Seltz
  • Opportunity to rehearse and sing for the festival concert Friday evening with Anton Armstrong and John Ferguson
Upcoming Recitals

We are working to make the calendar event list on the ALCM web site more user-friendly and more useable. In the meantime, please note these two upcoming events:


On Sunday, December 1 at 4:30 p.m. Andrew Birling, Minister of Music at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Beaverton, Oregon, will present a recital of music for the season of Advent on the church's II/20 Fritts organ. The program will feature music of Bach, Daquin, and others, as well as hymn-singing.


Dr. Lars Gjerde of New Haven, Connecticut will be presenting a recital in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD) Chapel organ on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 3:00 pm in the Chapel of Reconciliation. He will be joined by the Augustana Choir and brass in anthems and hymn arrangements for the occasion.


For more information on these events, log in to the Members Area of the ALCM web site and select "Calendar Event List."


Ask St. Cecilia


Got a problem? Need some advice? Ask St. Cecilia by sending an email to [email protected].


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.  


Association of Lutheran Church Musicians

Valparaiso University
810 Freeman Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383