Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
July 2, 2015 e-newsletter

Friends and colleagues,


In less than three weeks we will come together to be a living voice ... one voice made from the beautiful voices of each one of us who will be in Atlanta for our biennial conference.


Will you be there? Will your voice add to the joyful noises that we will make? If not, you will be missed most definitely; there is still time to register and join us! If so, I can't wait to see/meet you! I can't wait to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. I can't wait to sing with you, and to hear you sing!


Safe travels to all, and I'll see in you in Atlanta! 


Julie Grindle

ALCM President-Elect

Planning to attend this summer's conference in Atlanta?
The conference starts in 17 days -- register today!

Can't attend the conference? You can still experience Wednesday's spectacular event at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. "The Church's Journey in Art and Song" will be live-streamed for those from across the church who want to participate. 

In anticipation of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation in 2017, the singing, artwork, and reflection will lead participants on a journey - not a chronological or linear journey - but rather a journey exploring some of the themes of the Reformation: How do we gather as the church? For what do we give thanks and for what do we repent? Because of God's reconciling mercy, how do we rejoice? How is God calling us into the future?


The singing will be led by organist David Cherwien, guitarist Jonathan Rundman, pianist James Abbington, soloists Roosevelt Credit and Eugenia Yau, and many others. Our singing will be varied: chant and praise songs, German chorales and English hymns, contemporary Gospel, American folk, as well as songs from Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

Resources developed for this event will be available to adapt and customize for local presentation during the 2017 500th anniversary of the Lutheran reformation. Additional information regarding the live-streaming will be available on the Wednesday evening event page of the conference website one week in advance of the event.

Organ Competition


Applications for the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition will be accepted from June 1 through November 1, 2015. The Pierre S. du Pont First Prize of $40,000 is the largest cash prize of any organ competition. 


The Longwood Organ is among the world's largest concert organs, with 146 ranks and 10,010 pipes. Preliminary and final rounds will be held in the magnificent Ballroom at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. 


For more details, visit Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the 2013 competition in this excerpt from the documentary Pulling Out All The Stops, which chronicled the inaugural competition: