Summer is a time of rest and renewal for us as church musicians. We take time to reflect on our past program year and its ups and downs. We look forward to planning the next cycle with excitement. We try to judiciously use our resources to attend any number of continuing education events. I hope that your planning includes attending the ALCM bienniel conference in Minneapolis this month. Our planning team has worked hard to put together another magnificent experience for all those who attend. Not only is the educational content top-notch, the concerts uplifting and the venues sometimes breathtaking, but there is plenty of time to reconnect with fellow church musicians from across the country. Thanks to all who have worked hard to create "Rise, Remember Well the Future." We look forward to all it has to offer.
Spend time with those long time friends that you have made over the past conferences, but I encourage you to find someone that you don't know. Share your experiences together. Make new connections. Kindle that spirit that makes us who we are. Renew your energy and love for the work we do and the lives we touch each and every week.
My goals at any conference are twofold: experience one thing that I can't do at my home congregation and bring back at least one thing that I can use with my music ministry program at home. The ALCM conference will afford me many opportunities to meet both goals. I hope you will join me there.
43-rank Casavant - Létourneau pipe organ for sale with
10-year warranty: $839,000
Orgues Létourneau is offering a 43-stop pipe organ rebuilt to like-new condition for USD $839,000. The core is Casavant's Opus 2295 from 1955 with electro-pneumatic wind chests; the revised specification can incorporate up to eighteen new stops built by Létourneau. Installation costs, on-site voicing, an allowance for casework in red oak, a rebuilt three-manual solid-state console, and a ten-year warranty are included. Transportation from Québec is not included. The organ requires approximately 500 sq. ft. with 20' ceiling for 16' ranks. For more details, visit our website,
Donations to the scholarship fund have continued to come in both as separate donations and as membership renewals "rounded up" by $5, $10 or more. The following made contributions to the scholarship fund in April, May, and June (in no particular order):
Christa M. Even
St. Luke's Ev. Lutheran (Park Ridge, IL)
H. Dale Knoblock
Sandy K. Miller
Frederick K. Gable
L. George Detweiler
Karron G Lewis
Rev. Kenneth Michnay
Karen R. Worley
Martin Ott Pipe Organ Company
St. Armands Key Lutheran Church
Because of these generous contributions, two students applied for and were granted scholarships to assist with expenses at the Minneapolis conference. Let's keep the momentum going!
Coming soon to a mailbox near you . . .
The second issue of In Tempo for 2017 has been mailed and should be arriving within the next week.
Throughout 2018, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians is inviting musicians to gather in small groups at local congregations for practical workshops on specific topics led by a skilled practitioner. These workshops are for musicians in congregations of all sizes and contexts, each with their own challenges and opportunities. Details for an event near you and across the continent will be available by mid-autumn. If you have a proposal for a possible site, local coordinator, presenter or topic, please send your thoughts to Scott Weidler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that a 4/5-day event focusing on the leadership of congregational song in many musical styles is also being planned. Stay tuned for details.
Allen Organ for Sale
In-home practice organ, two manual, full pedal board (AGO specifications). Protégé model. Approximately 10 years old, in pristine condition. Asking $13,000. Available after Labor Day. For more information, contact Lois DeWell at 906-226-3263.
Lutheran Hymn Text Writers and Composers List
Valerie Hess has been compiling a list of Lutheran hymn text writers and composers in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It can be accessed from her website:
www.valeriehess.com, upper right corner.
If you have questions or comments or see someone missing from the list, you can email Valerie at