Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
April 1, 2015 e-newsletter

Anne Krentz OrganGreetings! Blessings to each of you as your work comes to fruition in these next Three Days.  We are on the verge of the most important liturgies of the church year. All of the efforts you have made with choirs and instrumentalists in planning, recruiting, and practicing - all of it is done in order that the church might faithfully live into the story of God's salvation for us in Jesus Christ. Rejoice in the knowledge that your ALCM colleagues near and far will be leading the church's song in many and various ways, all to the glory of God.


With anticipation of resounding Alleluias,

Anne Krentz Organ

ALCM President

Have you registered for "Called to Be a Living Voice"?
Remember, prices go up April 20! 

Have you visited the Living Voice 2015 web site lately? Content is being added daily. Watch for an email blast next week that highlights some things you won't want to miss!

Board Meeting Synopsis


At its March 19 meeting, the board discussed ongoing projects including the following:

  1. The 2015 conference in Atlanta - the event promises to be very rewarding - make your reservations now if you haven't already!
  2. 2016 regional conferences - look for dates and locations soon! Each conference will have its own unique schedule of events - look for those details as well!
  3. The 2014 member survey - thank you for your responses! Results are in the process of being compiled. Look for a summary next month.
  4. Dates & location of the 2017 biennial conference, which will be held July 18-21 in Minneapolis. More details will be announced at the Atlanta conference this summer.
  5. Election for open positions (Director at Large and Secretary/Treasurer) will be held after Easter - watch your inbox for details of this electronic election.
  6. The first issue of InTempo has received very positive feedback. A great big thank you to Nancy Raabe and her team for their work in pulling this together!
  7. A preliminary development plan for ALCM. More details to follow as the Board continues to review recommendations and options.

Three ALCM Members to Receive Awards

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) will present the 2015 Distinguished Alumni/ae Awards to seven of its outstanding graduates on Wednesday, June 17 at 5 p.m. Among the recipients of the this year's awards are three ALCM members:  Robert Buckley Farlee, Craig Mueller, and Martin Seltz. The awards ceremony begins at 5 p.m. A festive reception will follow to celebrate these outstanding alumni.


"Through many and diverse vocations, these seven persons have made a witness to the gospel through the church and in the world," said James Nieman, LSTC president. "We give thanks to God for their diverse gifts and wise leadership that inspires others toward more faithful living."


Congratulations Bob, Craig, and Martin and thanks be to God for the gifts you share with the church!


Summer 2015 Pipe Organ Encounters

The PIPE ORGAN ENCOUNTER (POE) is an introduction to the pipe organ through instruction in organ playing, repertoire, history, design, and construction. These regional summer organ music institutes for teenage students provide private and group instruction in service playing and solo repertoire, opportunities to learn about the musical heritage of various religious denominations, and a chance for young musicians to meet others with similar interests. Basic keyboard proficiency is required, although previous organ study is not necessary. The POE (Advanced) provides intermediate to advanced classes in areas such as organ literature, history, pipe organ construction and design, music theory, improvisation, conducting, and service playing for students who have achieved a high level of success in organ study. The POE (Technical) is a program designed for students who are interested in learning the art and craft of organ building. Scholarship assistance is available; the application deadline is April 15.

POE for ages 13-18 
June 14-19 Wichita, Kansas
July 5-10 Valparaiso, Indiana
July 12-17 Columbus, Georgia
July 26-31 Brooklyn, New York

POE (Advanced) for ages 13-18
June 14-19 Norman, Oklahoma

POE (Technical) for ages 16-23
June 14-19 Norman, Oklahoma