Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
April 1, 2017 e-newsletter

Dear ALCM Colleagues,
New life is in the air! We find ourselves ever closer to the Great Three Days and the Easter feast. You likely have too many rehearsals on the calendar and less than ideal practice time. And the bulletins!! You are encouraging choir members as they prepare to lead assembly song during these holy days, perhaps wondering where you might find the encouragement you yourself need.
In the planning and preparing, you can be assured that fellow ALCM members are walking the same road, called to help you sing the centrality of our faith: Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again! I trust that the Holy Spirit is at work through you, my colleagues, near and far. My prayer is that, even if you cannot see, you believe in the promise of new life. God is at work, renewing us for our shared music ministry.
Blessings in these Holy Days,
Jennifer Baker-Trinity
ALCM Region 1 President

At a conference for Lutheran professional musicians held at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC in October 1985, a new organization was born: the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. Leaders were tasked with developing an outline overnight for the group to consider. At the end of the conference attendees were asked to pledge $100 to fund the work of the organization. These donors became ALCM's charter members.

Then, in August 1986, a constituting convention was held at St. Olaf College. During three days full of worship, music, and fellowship, the draft constitution was discussed in detail, amended, and finally approved. National and regional officers were elected, and the work began. Perhaps the most significant amendment to the draft constitution was opening membership in ALCM to "any individual who is actively, regularly, or customarily employed as a leader in the worship and/or music program of a Lutheran church or institution."

Join us this summer in Minneapolis as we celebrate our first thirty years together. During the conference we will visit St. Olaf, the site of the constituting convention, as well as St. John's Abbey, Collegeville. 

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,  
e-mail or call Andrew Forrest at 450-774-2698. 

"Rounding Up" Donors Build Scholarship Fund

We are pleased to report that donations to the scholarship fund have been coming in both as separate donations and as membership renewals "rounded up" by $5 or $10. Since announcing the "round  up" program in February, the following have made contributions to the scholarship fund:
Myrna Andersen
Karen Areheart
William Beermann
Cheryl Dieter*
Phyllis Ernsberger
Teresa Garrett
Susan Hartney
Janet Kings/Grace Lutheran
Rodney Riese
Joanne Scholen
John Seboldt
Elizabeth Soladay
Susan Sturkie*

Thanks to these donors who are supporting the education of future church musicians through contributions to the scholarship fund.  Both online and paper membership renewal forms have been adjusted to make "rounding up" easy. You can also call us at 800-624-2526 to make a separate donation or send a check to: ALCM, 810 Freeman St., Valparaiso, IN 46383.

* Indicates donation made separate from membership renewal
Coming soon to a mailbox near you . . .

They say that good things come in three's, and that is certainly the case for ALCM members. If it has not already arrived, you should be receiving the first 2017 issue of In Tempo
within the next few days. The membership directory and CrossAccent both go to the printer next week, so you should receive them shortly after Easter. Enjoy!
J. F. Nordlie Pipe Organ for Sale
Used Choir Robes and Choral Folders for Sale

18 maroon cassocks and white cathedral-length cottas. Pretty good condition; various sizes. $20 per set.

20 Gamble maroon choral folders. Gold numbers in the lower right corner, 2 retaining strings and side pockets inside, brass corners. Used only twice. $5 each.

Contact Linda Keener, Music Director at Christ Lutheran Church, Richmond, VA, at
ELCA South Dakota Synod
Choral Composition Competition

Call for Scores - Deadline: July 25, 2017
The South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (SD-ELCA) is sponsoring a Choral Composition Competition in conjunction with the Lutheran Church's worldwide commemoration of its 500th anniversary. It is intended that the winning compositions will be included in a community commemorative service that will take place on November 1, 2017, at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, SD.
The SD-ELCA Choral Composition Competition will award two winning compositions from two pools of submissions:  

1.   Open to all composers with no age restriction. Prize: $1000

2.   Open to composers 25 years of age and younger as of July 25, 2017. Prize $500


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