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

ALCM Logo with baton


This month's greetings come to us from the four regional presidents, who officially take/resume office on October 1st. 


John Weit - Region 1 President
John Weit - Region 1 President

Sarah Hawbecker - Region 2 President
Sarah Hawbecker - Region 2 President

Linda Martin - Region 3 President
Linda Martin - Region 3 President

Kim Cramer - Region 4 President
Kim Cramer - Region 4 President

The deadline for submissions for the 2015 Raabe Prize is today!

Budget Now for the 2015 Conference!

Registration for the conference will be open this Fall, and there will be three options: register for the ALCM conference (Sunday through Wednesday); register for the ELCA conference (Monday through Thursday); or register for both events (Sunday through Thursday).

Registration - one event  Early (by April 15)              $365
Regular (after April 15)      $395
Student                             $185
2nd person same address    $260

Registration - both events  Early (by April 15)              $490
Regular (after April 15)      $535
Student                             $245
2nd person same address    $380

Daily rate                          $160

Do you have continuing education money that you will lose if you don't use it by the end of the year? Those who register by December 31st will have the option of paying part of their registration fee in 2014 and part in 2015.


Synopsis of the September Board Meeting

The ALCM board met on September 12th and is excited about the ongoing work of the organization. Here are some highlights from that meeting:

  • The 2014 regional conferences were all successful. Reported attendance numbers are as follows:

Region 1 (Baltimore, MD) - 109

Region 2 (Charlotte, NC)- 81

Region 3 (Kansas City, MO) - 85

Region 4 (Portland, OR) - 68

The board commended the regional presidents and conference planning committees for their hard work and dedication!


  • Planning for the 2015 biennial conference in Atlanta continues to move along. The board approved conference rates (see below) and is excited about the opportunities that await us in Atlanta at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. We hope you are planning to join us beginning Sunday, July 19. A wonderful blend of speakers, worship, and workshops is planned. Please note that although a piece of the ALCM conference coincides with the Worship Jubilee of the ELCA, the ALCM conference still remains its own entity, welcoming attendees of all denominations.This partnership with the Worship Jubilee will provide a larger variety of options than would normally be available to conference attendees. Registration will be open later this fall. Those registering by December 31st will have the option to pay for a portion of the conference this year and the remainder in 2015.
  • As of September 12, we had received 21 submissions for consideration of the Raabe prize! [Update: as of September 30, there are 47 submissions.]
  • The board is exploring possibilities for the 2017 biennial conference, examining potential venues and partnerships that would continue providing quality programming and expanded options for attendees. Details will be shared as they become available.
  • The 2015 advertising structure was presented and approved.
  • A task force has been working on a survey that will be presented to all ALCM members. The board received the final draft at the September meeting and was invited to provide feedback.
  • The board said farewell to Lorraine Brugh, Linda Kempke, and Michael Costello who have completed their terms of service on the board. We thank them for their service and their ongoing contributions to ALCM.
  • The board also welcomed president-elect Julie Grindle and new regional presidents John Weit and Linda Martin to the board.
  • A request was made for all budgeting items and considerations to be turned in by October 15. If you have thoughts on budget needs, please share them with your regional president.
In memoriam: Bonnie Harstad, 1953-2014

On September 5th ALCM member Bonnie Harstad died suddenly as a result of a brain aneurysm. Bonnie most recently served as Associate in Ministry for Worship at Faith Lutheran Church, Lexington, KY.  In addition to ALCM, Bonnie was active in both the regional and national expressions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lexington Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and the Lexington Federated Music Club. A memorial service celebrating Bonnie's life was held on Saturday, September 13th at Faith Lutheran Church in Lexington, KY.

January 7-9, 2015


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