Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
August 3, 2015 e-newsletter

Anne Krentz Organ



A special greeting to those of you who were not able to attend the conference in Atlanta. At the closing worship we were blessed with a sermon by Nadia Bolz-Weber on the feeding of the 5,000. It was a true word of grace and encouragement for all who serve the church. As we gear up for the upcoming fall season, it is a good reminder that, as Nadia preached, "The work you do IS important and it is transformative but you, my sweet, dear friends, are loved entirely and completely by God with or without doing that work." Our worth isn't reliant upon how beautifully we play, or how many people we can recruit for our choirs, or how spectacularly we execute our liturgies. Our worth comes from being children of God, beloved for all eternity. May each of you be blessed, and may you be a blessing.



Anne Krentz Organ

ALCM President




The Atlanta conference was a grand success! 

Many thanks to David Ritter and Scott Weidler, our conference co-chairs, and to all who contributed time and talent to planning and executing the myriad worship services, plenary sessions and workshops. It was a joy to see so many people gathered to learn, share ideas, and grow in our understanding of vocation, reformation, and mission.

In memoriam

On Sunday, July 19 at the 2015 biennial conference in Atlanta, conference chaplain Pastor Ron Koch led us in a remembrance of those ALCM members and others who have died since the 2013 conference. Here are the names of those remembered at the conference. 


Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.


There's still time to attend a summer music clinic!


The Crossing choir, conducted by founding director Donald Nally, will open its 10th Anniversary Season with three performances of Thomas Lloyd's acclaimed choral-theater work, Bonhoeffer.


Based on a libretto compiled by the composer from the letters of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his fiancÚ Maria von Wedemeyer, performances will be on Saturday evening, September 12, 2015 at Union Theological Seminary in New York, and Sunday September 13 in two afternoon performances at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral.


The Philadelphia Inquirer said of The Crossing's premiere of Lloyd's work in 2013, "Sometimes you just don't see a significant piece coming...While it effectively airs many philosophical questions that keep your mind busy long after the performance, it is never weighed down by them, and is rich in musical substance." The Crossing is the 2015 triennial Chorus America award winner as the top professional choir in the Unite States.




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Two of our regions are now publishing newsletters! Region 2's first newsletter "hit the stands" at the end of June. Region 4 has a long-standing tradition of publishing a regional newsletter. The Region 4 summer 2015 newsletter has just been published. Whether you are a member of these regions or not, you'll want to check them out. Thanks to editors Clifford Badgley (R2) and Darren Hochstedler (R4) for their work on these newsletters!