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

Hide it under a bushel? NO! I'm gonna' let it shine!
As you can tell from our monthly e-newsletters, from CrossAccent, and from the recent In Tempo - there is a lot going on within ALCM. Our Hearts * Hands *Voices local workshops, webinars, the upcoming summer intensive at Valparaiso, and our biennial conference in Portland, Oregon in June of 2019. Add to this wealth of events the insightful articles and helps in our publications and on the ALCM website and we have so much to be thankful for. God has blessed this organization bountifully. Let's not keep it to ourselves though.
This is a perfect time to invite local church musicians and clergy to an area workshop, to participate in a webinar, or perhaps just for a cup of coffee to spread the good news about ALCM and the tremendous resources and helps it has to offer. Take advantage of the fact that the most recent issue of In Tempo was mailed to 16,000 Lutheran congregations. Personally invite them to become members of our family.
I would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to attend next summer's biennial conference in Portland, Oregon. Portland and the beautiful northwest have so much to offer. It goes without saying that worshiping, learning, and connecting with other ALCM-ers will be a highlight of the conference. In addition are the many opportunities within the city of Portland and within 1-3 hours' drive from Portland. From the International Rose Test Garden and the meditative Japanese garden, the rugged Pacific coast, to internationally acclaimed wine country, Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens, Multnomah Falls, Seattle-the list goes on and on. To top it all off Portland has been proclaimed one of the top foodie cities in the country. Portland is a perfect place to plan next summer's family vacation with the added bonus of our ALCM conference.
Take time for yourself during this long "green" season of the church year but do take advantage of this time to explore the resources of the ALCM, to attend a Hearts * Hands *Voices event, and to share the good news about the ALCM.
May God continue to bless you and those you minister to through his gift of music.
Bill Kuhn
President, Region 4

Registration is open for all events!

Click the links below to see details about the programs for the June events. There are links on each event page to print & mail a registration form. The online registration form is at the bottom of the event page, so be sure to register now for these upcoming events! 

6/2 - Morton, IL - this event was cancelled 
6/2 - Richmond, VA - last chance to register!

A note from Cheryl Dieter, ALCM Business Manager . . . 
The planners of these events are waiting anxiously to see how many people will be attending their events. I personally have already registered for two events, one in August and one in October. If you are planning to attend ANY of the 2018 events, please don't wait any longer to register. I'm hoping to come in to the office on Monday morning and have so many registrations to process that I have to "call in the troops" to help. Let's make this weekend "ALCM EVENT REGISTRATION WEEKEND!" All of the event planners will thank you--and I thank you as well!!!

ALCM 2019 Biennial Conference 

With keynote presentations by Susan Briehl, Robert Farlee, and Samuel Torvend. 

Mark your calendars!

Valparaiso, IN - July 23-26
The votes are in -- the topics have been chosen!

Many thanks to those of you who already registered for the special 4-day Hearts * Hands * Voices event in Valparaiso without even knowing what skill-building topics would be covered! Your input via a post-registration survey has created a wonderful conference with gifted faculty. We'll be sharing the details about those topics in a separate email. 

Each conference attendee will be able to choose four primary sessions. In addition, there will be a number of Ted-talk-like presentations on a variety topics. Registration is open and inexpensive on-campus housing is still available
Please note: Those of you who have traveled via air to Valparaiso in the past will be delighted to know that the shuttles from Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports now come directly to Valparaiso, where the Valparaiso city bus will take you directly to campus! (Those of you who have not previously used airport shuttles to try to get to Valparaiso will not be able to appreciate what a huge improvement this is!!!)

Thursday, June 7, 2018
2:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Central

Recruiting Volunteers to Your
Music Ministry

This webinar is being presented in cooperation with:
Concordia Publishing House
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
MorningStar Music Publishers
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
The cost to attend the webinar (live or recorded version) is $39 for non-members, $25 for ALCM members. Members, be sure to log in to the members area of the website to get the reduced member rate!

Mark your calendars for the following upcoming webinars:

October 18, 2018
Developing and Leading a 
Children's Music Camp 

Presented by Connie Millberg

February 7, 2019
Tips for Leading a
Worship (Praise) Band 

Presented by Kip Fox

May 16, 2019
Basic Principles of 
Worship and Music 
in the Lutheran Tradition

Presented by Carl Schalk

Voting Ends Tonight!

If you have not already done so, please be sure to vote today for new ALCM national and regional officers. Emails with information on those running for office and voting instructions were sent out on May 18. 
Kyries & Glorias

Kyrie - in memoriam Erik Floan
Long-time ALCM member Erik Floan died earlier this week at his home in Winona, Minnesota. Funeral arrangements are still pending, but information should be available later today on the website and/or Facebook page of Central Lutheran Church in Winona, where Erik was director of worship and music. A wonderful article about Erik's being reunited with his birth family appeared in the Winona Daily News

Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. 

Gloria - Bruce Bengtson retirement
Congratulations to ALCM member Bruce Bengtson on his retirement this weekend from Luther Memorial in Madison, Wisconsin, where he has served as Director of Music for 40 years. Again, a wonderful newspaper article about Bruce and his ministry at Luther Memorial appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal.

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Most recently-posted  Kyries & Glorias  are included in a side-bar on the members area page of the ALCM website. Members are invited to request a Kyrie or Gloria be added to the site. See the link under "What would you like to do?" on the members area page.
Raabe Prize Submissions
Raabe Prize
Submissions for the 2019 Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Composition are being accepted. Additional details about the prize and submission requirements are available on the ALCM website.

Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2018.
Christmas in Cambridge

ALCM member (and former president) Lorraine Brugh and her husband Gary are spending two years as directors of Valparaiso University's study abroad program in Cambridge, England. 
As part of the year-long anniversary celebration of the Cambridge study center, the Valparaiso University Alumni Association and the Valparaiso University Cambridge Program invite you to spend Christmas abroad highlighted by an opportunity to attend the 100th anniversary of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King's College Cambridge.  W hile seating cannot be guaranteed, this may be your best chance to participate in this historic event.

Programming begins with an opening reception on December 21st, 2018 and formally ends on December 26th, 2018. Daily itineraries include a combination of worship and reflection along with plentiful free time. View the tentative itinerary  here Options for arriving early or extending your stay are possible through Lorraine Brugh. Her contact e-mail is .

Christ Lutheran Church, Valparaiso, IN
Dedicatory Recital
June 3, 2018 - 4:00 pm

On Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017 Christ Lutheran Church in Valparaiso voted to sign a contract with the Berghaus Pipe Organ Builders to purchase a refurbished W. Zimmer pipe organ made available when Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Louis, MO moved to a new location. The organ was installed in time for it to be used on Easter Sunday this year. A dedicatory organ recital will be presented this Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm at Christ Lutheran Church, 2610 N. Campbell, Valparaiso, IN. The organist will be ALCM member Dr. John Bernthal, retired Associate Professor of Music and Associate University Organist at Valparaiso University. The public is invited to attend and help celebrate this unique blessing in the life of this congregation. You can read an article that John wrote about the process the congregation followed in choosing and installing this new instrument.

A Travel Invitation for ALCM Members
Together In Hope Project works to advance Christian unity through shared song, and  is currently focused on bringing the message of Christian unity to Rome in late October 2018. 
Gary Aamodt and Celia Ellingson, Lutherans with a passion for advancing Christian unity and for choral music, are the founders of Together In Hope Project. They commissioned two significant musical compositions (The Holy Spirit Mass and So That the World May Believe: A Motet for Unity and Service) to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and 50 years of productive Lutheran-Catholic dialogues
The Together in Hope Choir is a select ecumenical group of 60 voices from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. ALCM members are invited to become A mbassadors of Hope and travel with the Together In Hope Choir for a once-in-a-lifetime event, an inspiring week of transformative music and fellowship. From landmark concerts, a private tour of the Vatican Museum, and an excursion to ancient Assisi, every step of the journey will nourish and inspire Ambassadors as advocates for unity through shared song.

For more information, see our website at or send an email to: