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Saturday, June 28
12:30 pm

"Signing over" of Carl Schalk manuscripts to the Center

June 2014 - Vol. 1, Number 1

Welcome to the e-newsletter of the Center for Church Music. This newsletter intends to keep you informed of the Center's current and projected initiatives, along with news and events. 

Having been to the Center for Church Music a few times I can tell you that it is a wonderful and interesting experience. There are countless books and music to be explored - one cannot experience it all in one visit. And more music and books are coming. 

The Center for Church Music's website is also a primary resource that offers videos, essays, and much more. The site will be ever-expanding. Be sure and check back often.  

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The Center for Church Music is located on the second floor of Klinck Memorial Library on the Concordia University Chicago campus.

Linda Kempke, editor


The Center for Church Music at Concordia University Chicago launched its new website on Easter Monday, April 21st. 


This initial launch has several features which Lutheran church musicians and clergy may find interesting, including:


About the Center

Beginnings, foundations, purpose and activities


From the Director

News about the Center and its work


Profiles in American Lutheran Church Music  

Video interviews and PDF essays profiling influential church musicians including Philip Gehring, Ralph C. Schultz, Paul Bouman and Walter Pelz 


Essays (written by Victor Gebauer) on 

Martin J. Bangert, Jan Bender, M. Alfred Bichsel and others. More interviews are planned.



Video presentations of dialogs and panel discussions on various topics in church music.


Devotions on the Hymn of the Week

Written by clergy and laity, designed for multiple uses such as personal devotions and meetings.



Paul Westermeyer on music, worship and theology. 



Carl Schalk on church music.



Designed to bring attention to resources for planning worship and music in the Lutheran church, written by musicians such as 

Scott Hyslop.



Printed monographs and book projects:


The first three monographs in the

"Shaping American Lutheran Church Music" 
series have been published and disseminated to U.S. Lutheran seminaries and universities. They are also available for sale through the 


Prelude and Fugue on the Life of Harriet Reynolds Krauth Spaeth (1845-1925)

-Robert D. Hawkins


August Crull and the Story of the Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-Book 1912

-Jon D. Vieker


The Precious Gift: The Hymns, Carols, and Translations of Henry L. Lettermann

-Scott M. Hyslop 


Check out the website and let us know what you think! 


(We're also on Facebook and Twitter)


If you would like to visit to the Center you need to make prior arrangements with either Steven Wente or me


Barry L. Bobb

(Barry Bobb began work as Director of the Center in May, 2013)


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The Center for Church Music at Concordia University Chicago was dedicated in October of 2010.

(Pictured from left to right are President Johnson, Gloria Hillert and Carl Schalk)

The opening of this center was occasioned by two extraordinary gifts - the permanent loan of Richard Hillert's manuscript library by his family and the gift from Carl and No�l Schalk of Carl's American Lutheran Hymnal Collection (510 volumes). Located in the Klinck Library (second floor, north wing) the Center works to provide ongoing research and educational resources in Lutheran church music, especially in the areas of congregational song and composition for the Church.  It does this through live presentations, publications both in print and online, webinars, and much more. Through its work the Center extends the legacy of a gifted generation of Lutheran church musicians and helps the Church to build upon that foundation by building an appreciation and an understanding of the importance of the Church's song in her worship and teaching among pastors, church musicians and laity and by encouraging a new generation of young composers for the Church.


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Richard Hillert's manuscripts have been catalogued and archived.


The manuscript library of Carl Schalk has been 

added to the Center and is currently being catalogued.


The hymnal collection has been organized and indexed.


The Resource Room of the Center has been greatly enhanced for the study of hymnody.


Various other established Lutheran composers and hymn writers will be contacted about the possibility of archiving their manuscripts at the Center.




The official "signing over"of 
Carl Schalk's manuscripts to the 
Center for Church Music


Carl Schalk 

and Interim President Alan Meyer


Saturday, June 28th
12:30 p.m.



Klinck Memorial Library
Concordia University Chicago



This is a public event





Arrangements are in process to acquire the libraries of many well-known Lutheran composers and hymn writers. 





The Center has entered into a partnership with MorningStar Music Publishers

to publish the book Essays on Church Music in the United States (1760-1901) by 

David W. Music and Paul Westermeyer.  

Scheduled publication date: October 2014.




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Concordia University Chicago
7400 Augusta Street
River Forest, IL 60305-1402
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