Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
April 21, 2014 e-newsletter

ALCM Logo with baton

Dear ALCM members,


Alleluia! Christ is risen!


We hope that you all had a blessed Holy Week and Easter and are now enjoying some much-needed rest and relaxation!


Although we try to limit distribution of our e-newsletters to one per month, the following upcoming events and pertinent news items are prompting the sending of a late-April e-newsletter:

  • Conference registration prices for Regions 1 & 3 increase on May 1
  • The Center for Church Music launched its new web site today
  • A POE tech session on organbuilding
  • In memoriam: Ronald A. Nelson (1927-2014)
  • Kyries & Glorias have moved

R1 & R3 Conference Prices Increase May 1

July 14-16, 2014
Christ Lutheran Church, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD
The Three Days--Singing Salvation History 
Prices increase May 1!


July 28-30, 2014 
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral 
Kansas City, MO 
Setting the Table Well: Feeding Hungry Worshippers in a Fast Food Culture 
Prices increase May 1!
June 30-July 2, 2014 
Christ Lutheran Church 
Charlotte, NC 
Many Voices--One Choir
June 15-18, 2014 
Concordia University and 
St. Michael's Lutheran Church 
Portland, OR 
Emerging: Living and Serving  
on the Hinge of Change
Center for Church Music 
Launches Web Site


The Center for Church Music at Concordia University Chicago launched its new website on Monday, April 21st. It can be found at


This initial launch has several features which Lutheran church musicians may find interesting, including---

  • "About the Center" (its beginnings, purpose and activities)
  • "From the Director" (other news about the Center and its work)
  • "Profiles in American Lutheran Church Music"  (both video interviews and PDF essays)
  • "Conversations" (videos of dialogues and panel discussions)
  • "Devotions on the Hymn of the Week" (from clergy and laity)
  • "Reflections" (Paul Westermeyer)
  • "Perspectives" (Carl Schalk)
  • "Publications" (printed monographs and book projects)
  • The Founders Group
  • The Advisory Group


More features, including an e-newsletter from Linda Kempke, a regular "Discoveries" column from Scott Hyslop, and curricular offerings, are planned for the coming weeks and months.


Check it out and let us know what you think!


(We're also on Facebook and Twitter)


Barry Bobb


Center for Church Music

Concordia University Chicago


POE Tech Session on Organbuilding

Dear ALCM Members,


I am writing today on behalf of both AGO and APOBA to present a unique opportunity to students who are interested in organbuilding and, perhaps, in considering an apprenticeship in organbuilding.


We have an urgent need to help find participants for the upcoming POE Tech session being hosted by one of our member firms, Patrick J. Murphy & Associates in Stowe, PA, near Philadelphia, June 8th to 13th. The urgency is based on a May 1st deadline for sign up.


We are opening up the normal 23 year-old cut-off restriction to be "college age" or recent graduate. We want to make this available to anyone considering a career in organbuilding. This is a unique opportunity and I thought each of you might know of a worthy student who might benefit and appreciate a close-up, hands-on, look at organbuilding.


You may explore the details of this opportunity at:


Contact info:


Mathew Newcome, POETech Director

c/o Patrick J. Murphy & Associates, Inc.

Pipe Organbuilders

300 Old Reading Pike, Suite 1D

Stowe, Pennsylvania 19464

FAX to (610) 970-9297.

PH: 610-970-9817


If you have any questions, please call me or contact the good folks at PJM directly.



Bob Rusczyk, Executive Administrator

Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America


In memoriam:  Ronald A. Nelson, 1927-2014

Probably best known in Lutheran circles as the composer of LBW Setting 2, Ronald Nelson died April 18. He served for 37 years as director of music at Westwood Lutheran Church in suburban Minneapolis. After retiring he devoted his time to composing, guest conducting, and serving as organist for chapel services at Becketwood, the senior cooperative where he and his wife Betty Lou resided. He was the recipient of a Distinguished Alumnus Award from St. Olaf College and the F. Melius Christiansen Award from Minnesota ACDA. In 2007 he received the ALCM Faithful Servant Award. ALCM's CD "Thankful Hearts & Voices Raise" features his music.
Additional information is posted in the Kyries & Glorias section of the ALCM web site.
Kyries & Glorias have moved!

In order to make the intercessions and thanksgivings listed on the "Kyries & Glorias" page more easily viewed, we've moved the page from the Members Area of the web site and posted it under "ALCM Connect." You no longer need to log in to view the prayer requests.