Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
January 1, 2018 e-newsletter

Greetings as we embark on 2018, this new year of grace!
I am always struck at the beginning of each calendar year how things can look different, feel different. We often (hopefully) have new energy and focus, and our goals can seem clearer. I suspect that is a combination of getting some post-holiday rest; spending some time away from work or school, and then returning with a new sense of purpose; and perhaps enjoying gifts from Christmas celebrations, or just reveling in family time, or quiet time!
This year we will move quickly through the Epiphany season - and then we need Lent and Easter anthems ready! We might wish in mid-March that Easter Sunday really is an "April Fool's" prank, especially if the choirs aren't quite ready! But I encourage you to use this time of rest and renewal to your advantage, and then come back with that vim and vigor needed to lead and guide musicians and assembly in the important task of praising our God and loving our neighbor. This is our high and holy calling. May this year be full of blessings and joy!

Julie Grindle
ALCM President

Thank you!
We'll do a more official thank-you and report on donations in the February e-newsletter with a full list of donors in the spring issue of  CrossAccent.  In the meantime, many, many thanks to all who so generously donated to ALCM in 2017. Your financial gifts--and all of the other ways you support ALCM--are making possible some wonderful new ventures in 2018 and beyond. Happy new year!

Registration Is Open for
ALCM's Third Webinar

Tuesday, February 1, 2018
2:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Central

Karol Kimmell, presenter

Enhancing the Lenten Experience
Repertoire and Worship Ideas for
Children and Small Adult Choirs

ALCM members, remember to  log in to the members area of the website to register at the reduced rate.

If you missed either of the first two webinars by David Cherwien and Brad Ellingboe, you can purchase the recordings in the ALCM Marketplace. Be sure to log in first to get the reduced price!

2018 will be a year for ALCM members and church musicians around the country to participate in grass-roots, practical workshops--all under the title  Hearts-Hands-Voices. Forty sites have been confirmed so far and details have been added to the ALCM website. Registration will open soon.

For those of you looking for more than just a day-long workshop, plan to join us on the campus of Valparaiso University from July 23-26, 2018 for four days of skill-strengthening in a variety of areas. This event coincides with the last week of Lutheran Summer Music, also being held on the Valpo campus, which will provide additional opportunities for learning, growth, and interaction with the LSM students and faculty.

Watch your email for more information 
and the opening of registration!

New Directory Coming Soon
Is your contact information correct?

The 2018 ALCM Membership Directory will be published early in January. If you have had a recent change in either your address or church information, please notify us by  Monday, January 8. 

You can report your changes by using the online form at or, if you prefer, just email us at

Not sure whether the information we have is correct? Feel free to send us the changes again or call the office at 800-624-2526.

Choral Octavos Available

Large collection (over 1000) of church choral octavos. These are director's copies and complementary copies spanning from early 1900's to 2000's. Most 1 copy only with a few multiples. Offered as entire collection only - FREE - just pay shipping. Contact Bill Mowson at his email address in the ALCM Membership Directory by February 15th. 

Scholarships Available

Scholarships of up to $1500 are available from the Choristers Guild Ruth K. Jacobs Scholarship Fund for full-time students preparing for church music ministry. An applicant must be a junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in music, who holds choral music with children and youth as a primary interest. Scholarship grants are given on the basis of academic merit, interest in church music (especially children's and youth choirs), and ministry of church music as a vocation. For more information,  visit the Choristers Guild Scholarship page.
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 websitee-mail  or call Andrew Forrest at  450-774-2698.