Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
January 1, 2019 e-newsletter


Advent and Christmas are busy times of year for everyone, and that is especially true for church musicians. I find that it can be challenging to step away from my duties over the holidays. There is always another email to answer or another piece to practice! However, I am always comforted by the words of Psalm 127:2: "In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat--for he grants sleep to those he loves." In the days after Christmas, I hope that you will be able to make time to relax, enjoy the company of family and friends, and re-center yourself on your ministry role.
Best wishes and blessings for the coming year from the ALCM board members and leadership team!
Tom Mueller
Region 4 President

ALCM 2019 Biennial Conference

Our printer made a mistake and it bought you a little more time!

Printing and mailing of the brochure for the Portland conference was delayed by our printer, and we didn't want folks to miss out on being able to register at the reduced registration fee . . . so . . . 

The reduced registration fee of $295 ($340 for non-members) has been extended to January 15, 2019. On January 16 the "early-bird" registration fee of $355 ($400) goes into effect. After March 15, pay the regular registration fee of $425 ($470).

Special registration fees are available for students and for those "second persons" (or third, or fourth, etc.) registering from the same household or church.  Click/tap here for additional information about the conference and a complete list of registration fees.

Remember: the Finale training on Monday (8:30-3:30) is limited to 20 and it's filling up fast. Don't delay!

February 7, 2019

2:00 pm Eastern time

Tips for Leading a
Worship (Praise) Band 

Presented by Kip Fox

ALCM Members: Be sure to log in to the members area of the ALCM website and follow the link on the members area page to get the discounted member rate.
2020 ALCM Germany Tour
Only 8 Spaces Available

The 2020 ALCM Germany Tour announced by email on 10/10/18 has 8 spaces remaining. The tour is hosted by David Cherwien, Michael Krentz, and Jim Rindelaub. Highlights include the Passion Play in Oberammergau (held every ten years), Luther's Wittenberg, Bach's Leipzig, Mozart's Salzburg, Sch├╝tz's Dresden, as well as Berlin, Halle, and more. The dates are July 3-17, 2020. The cost per person, double occupancy, is $3,315. The single room supplement fee is $600. 

The initial deposit registration fee is $350 and is to be made online only at NOTE: It is this online deposit that secures your reservation. Registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis until the tour is filled, so make your deposit now!

The official webpage is You can also view a  brochure with all trip details. Register today to insure your space on the tour!
Board Meeting Highlights

The board of directors of ALCM met in a conference call meeting on November 16, 2018. Here are the highlights from their meeting.
  • The board welcomed new board members Jeremy Bankson, Jim Hild, and Tom Mueller (presidents of Regions 1, 3, and 4 respectively) and Karen Foote, member at large.
  • Secretary/treasurer Michael Krentz reported that ALCM is in a strong financial position due (in part) to generous gifts from our members and friends and the success of the Hearts.Hands.Voices events.
  • As a result of the Hearts.Hands.Voices events, business manager Cheryl Dieter reported growth in our membership.
  • The board committed to continuing local events in 2019 on a smaller scale due to the biennial conference in Portland. Anyone interested in hosting or coordinating an event should contact Cheryl Dieter or Jim Rindelaub, executive director.
  • The board also made plans to convene an employment task force, which will meet for the first time in February.
The board meets again in January for their annual face to face meeting. Questions, comments, and suggestions are always welcome from our members!

National Conference for Sacred Music 2019

January 9-11, 2019
St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
Charleston, SC

There's still time to register for the National Conference for Sacred Music (NCSM) January 9-11, 2019.  NCSM is a unique event designed to engage church musicians with fresh new ideas and a variety of approaches to further your work in creating a vital, growing music ministry. Take part in this annual event to revitalize the Church's passion - and your own - for music in worship!

New in the Members Area

A new "Hymn Settings" category has been added to the members area of the ALCM website. Included in this category are keyboard/instrumental settings of hymn tunes as well as some choral settings of specific hymn texts. ALCM member Paul Otte has created a significant number of hymn accompaniments for "soloed out" melody, and he is sharing them with ALCM members. This is definitely a category that is "under construction," but there are already a large number of entries, especially for those hymn tunes beginning with letters A through G. See the link for this category under "What's New" on the main members area page.

Do you have something to share with other ALCM members? Please see the submission guidelines for more information. Questions can be directed to Cheryl Dieter in the ALCM office at or 800-624-2526. 
New Issue of  CrossAccent

The fall/winter issue of  CrossAccent  is entitled "Singing the Psalms." In addition to regular features it includes the following articles:
  • "Valuing the Psalms in Worship: Why and How" by Mark Oldenburg
  • "A Psalmody Primer" by Chad Fothergill
  • "Psalms We Have in Common" by Cheryl Dieter

This issue was mailed out last week and should be hitting mailboxes within the next two weeks.

2019 Membership Directory Coming

The 2019 ALCM membership directory will be going to the printer soon. If you have had a recent home or church address change, please be sure to notify us no later than Monday, January 7th. You can send an email to or fill out the online form to update your contact information. If you're not sure whether you notified us of the change, send it again. We'll be happy to check to be sure that we have the most accurate information. 
Didn't get to attend a Hearts * Hands * Voices event? You can still get a copy of the take-home booklet, which is filled with lots of practical hints and ideas. For each booklet you purchase, we will include one conference bag. Money from the sale of these booklets will support the 2019 events! Purchase multiple booklets at a discount.

March 10, 2019 is "A Capella Sunday"

The Center for Congregational Song has designated the First Sunday of Lent each year as A Capella Sunday, a day in which worshiping communities commit to singing one or more hymns without accompaniment. Some of you may already do this regularly; for others, it will present a challenge. Visit the resource page to learn more about A Capella Sunday. You can also let them know you're participating by signing up (optional).

Tables of Thanksgiving: How Eucharist Forms Us  
Valparaiso, Ind., April 29-May 1, 2019

"For the Sacrament of Holy Communion has no blessing and significance unless love grows daily and so changes a person that they are made one with all others."
Martin Luther, 1519

Announcing the 71st Institute of Liturgical Studies to be held on the campus of Valparaiso University April 29-May 1, 2019. We will gather under the theme, "Table of Thanksgiving: How Eucharist Forms Us." Plenary presenters will be Charles Aurand, Paul Bradshaw, M. Shawn Copeland and Cynthia Moe-Lobeda plus many workshops and worship. For more information about the institute and to register, visit