Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
February 1, 2014 e-newsletter

ALCM Logo with baton

David Bielenberg

February greetings!


January was a busy month for ALCM. Each of our four regions is putting together engaging and thoughtful conferences for this summer. Stay tuned for more details and information on each of them, and I hope that you will plan to attend at least one, if possible. (See below for dates and locations.) And plans for our next biennial conference in Atlanta in 2015 are coming together nicely. Details about that will be coming soon as well. Our board had its annual face-to-face meeting in Chicago last month. Highlights from that meeting are listed below. Those meetings are always productive and I am grateful to our board members for the time and talents they contribute to our organization. I am also happy to report that we have received another $15,000 grant this year from the Metropolitan New York Synod (ELCA). Grants like this are so important to our fiscal stability. Thanks to board member Tom Schmidt for bringing this grant opportunity to our attention.


And finally, thank you for being a member of ALCM and for all that you do to help strengthen the ministry of worship and music in the Lutheran church. Your gifts and talents are greatly appreciated.



David Bielenberg

Executive Director

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Highlights from the ALCM Board Meeting, January 20-21, 2014
  • The Board began a fresh look at the "Statement on Worship and Music."  A team has been appointed to review the statement and gather more information as to what statement we need as an organization to accurately reflect our diversity in ALCM membership.
  • Heard reports on all four regional conferences for 2014.  Look for information soon on the website and plan to attend!
  • Finalized documentation clarifying the process for seeking applicants and reviewing submissions for the Raabe Prize.
  • Discussed and approved the idea of providing video greeting to the membership from time to time.
  • A nominating committee has been formed to provide candidates for the offices of President-Elect and Board Member at Large.
  • Discussion and approval for support of local gatherings across the country.  ALCM's "Cantor Connection" page is dedicated to support and publicizing such events.
  • Discussed best ways to engage college professors of church music with the organization.  Ideas continue to be gathered.
  • Heard a report on progress for the Atlanta 2015 Conference.  Plans are underway for July 19-23, 2015.
  • Approved a 2014 Operating Budget of $248,214.
Save the dates!

2014 ALCM Regional Conferences

Region 1 Conference 
July 14-16, 2014
Christ Lutheran Church, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD
The Three Days--Singing Salvation History 


 Region 3 Conference 
July 28-30, 2014 
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral 
Kansas City, MO 
Setting the Table Well: Feeding Hungry Worshippers in a Fast Food Culture

Region 2 Conference 
June 30-July 2, 2014 
Christ Lutheran Church 
Charlotte, NC 
Many Voices--One Choir
Region 4 Conference 
June 15-18, 2014 
Concordia University and 
St. Michael's Lutheran Church 
Portland, OR 
Emerging: Living and Serving  
on the Hinge of Change


Vocation - Reformation - Mission

Biennial Conference of the 
Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and 
Worship Jubilee of the  
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 


July 19-23, 2015

Atlanta, Georgia

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music  
Sacred Music Intensive Workshop

 June 2 - 6, 2014

Janette Fishell, Colin Andrews, Walter Huff, Christopher Young, Bruce Neswick

The Faculty of the Jacobs School of Music Organ and Choral Departments are delighted to announce our first collaborative summer course:


Taught by the faculty from the Jacobs School of Music Organ and Choral Departments, the course supplies continuing education enrichment to choral conductors, organists and students from other institutions who seek a supportive and stimulating environment in which to sharpen skills and engage new concepts and repertoire.


Attendees will have the option of tailoring their week's course of study from a variety of offerings of interest to organists and choral conductors, including:


            *           Applied Study in Organ and Choral Conducting

            *           Classes in Keyboard Skills, Service Playing, Organ Improvisation, the Art of the Choral Warm-up, Voice Building for Choristers, Choral Repertoire for the Church Year.


For more information, visit 

New ALCM Directory Coming!

The 2014 ALCM Membership Directory went to press this week and should be appearing in your mailbox within the next few weeks. Featured on the cover is the new organ built by Patrick J. Murphy & Associates for Trinity Lutheran Church in Reading, PA. ALCM member Rndel Wolfe was Director of Music & the Arts at Trinity from 1999 until 2010, when an illness prevented him from continuing his ministry there.
Rndel's death in April 2013 makes the featuring of this organ on our 2014 directory cover a particularly poignant one for those who knew him.
Lutheran Summer Music Worship Theme:
Let the Whole Creation Cry
Dr. Zebulon Highben, Rev. Wayne Weissenbuehler, Dr. Gregory Peterson


The worship theme for the 2014 Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival (LSM) is Let the Whole Creation Cry, exploring what it means to be a part of creation that reflects God's love and beauty. The scripture, liturgy, and hymnody will bring this rich imagery to life, reminding us that all creation bears witness to the glory of God. 


Leading LSM in worship this summer will be Rev. Wayne Weissenbuehler (chaplain, Burlington, IA); ALCM members Dr. Zebulon Highben (chapel choir, Muskingum University); and Dr. Gregory Peterson (organ, Luther College). LSM takes place June 22 to July 20 on the campus of Luther College. 


Encourage young musicians in your congregation to apply to LSM today! Applications submitted by February 28 receive the $150 early application discount. Students using the application code ALCM14 receive an additional $100 ALCM member referral discount. Email Sue Olstad, director of admissions, for materials. Build even more discounts for your students by enrolling in the Young Musicians Partnership

Bach and Sons

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Organist

David Jordan,
Media Artist

A Music at St. Paul's Event

Sunday, February 9, 2014

7:00 P.M.

Music at St. Paul's invites you to Bach and Sons, "a live multimedia organ concert celebrating the life of Johann Sebastian Bach and his sons." The lives and music of these great composers will be brought to life by David Jordan's stunning visuals of Bach's Germany, live camera projection of Dr. Jordan's organ performance, and narration by the women who were important in the lives of the Bach family. 


Admission is free. To find out more about Bach and Sons, visit


St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Des Peres, Missouri, is located east of Highway 270, at the corner of Manchester and Ballas Roads, across from West County Shopping Center. For more information, visit or call 314-822-0447.