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


The fall season is in full swing: pumpkin flavored items everywhere you turn, preparations for the fall festivals underway, choirs and instrumentalists back in the routine. There is excitement in the air as we look ahead to the coming program year. Within the next few weeks you will receive a letter inviting a contribution to the ALCM Annual Fund. Our goal this year is simple: to increase the number of donors to the Annual Fund. That means we would like for every member of ALCM to contribute this year, with a gift of any size. Will you help us reach our goal? Thank you in advance for your prayerful consideration.

God's blessings to each of you in your music making,
Anne Krentz Organ
ALCM President

Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) Music Department seeks a full-time faculty with a superb skill set in handbell conducting. This position is located at the Mequon, WI campus.
The ideal candidate will conduct both a touring and non-touring handbell choir. The touring ensemble (Alleluia Ringers) has established a celebrated reputation both domestically and internationally by its recording and live performances. Candidates will be expected to display evidence of superb musicianship, organizational acumen, interpersonal skills and departmental collaboration. In addition to the handbell aspect to the position, the preferred candidate will possess choral conducting abilities as they will conduct a non-touring choral ensemble within the department. The final aspect of the teaching load will be assigned within the candidate's area of expertise and area of interest such as applied music (organ), music history or other areas of interest and/or mutual departmental need.
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Don't miss out on Augsburg Fortress' special offer for ALCM members (see the ad below).
Order by October 15th to get the 15% discount!

National Conference for Sacred Music
January 6-8, 2016
Corpus Christi, TX
Featuring David Cherwien, Eric Nelson, Susan Briehl, Heather Potter and Jackson Henry
National Conference for Sacred Music is a unique conference designed to provide the practicing church musician with fresh new ideas to help create a vital, growing music ministry. The emphasis of this conference is to provide a wide variety of new approaches to revitalize and reinvigorate the church's passion for music in worship. For additional information, click here.

The Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Memorial Scholarships are intended to support the education of talented young organists who will make significant contributions in the performance of organ music. Applicants are expected to have existing talent, achievements, and skill in organ playing. They will also have an expressed commitment post-graduation to teaching and/or performing organ music, or engaging in another serious endeavor with respect to the organ. The AGO awards $60,000 in college scholarships annually from this memorial fund.

In 2016, four scholarships will be eligible for renewal while two new scholarships will be awarded: one each to an entering college freshman ($7,500) and an entering graduate student ($15,000). These scholarships will be renewable if certain academic requirements are met. Applications are judged on the basis of both talent and financial need. The online application period is January 1-February 15, 2016.

Please help us spread the word about these scholarships to young organists who are considering college organ studies! For more details, visit us online. Young organists can find a list of schools offering academic degrees in organ studies here. For more information about this scholarship program, contact Harold Calhoun at AGO National Headquarters at 212-870-2310 or e-mail [email protected].