Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
June 1, 2020 e-newsletter
Video Greetings from
Summer Friday Webinar Series
Was your summer conference cancelled due to COVID-19? ALCM is providing Friday 2:00 pm eastern webinars on topics you might have experienced at your conference. You are invited to explore and register for summer webinars at
Summer Friday Webinar Series . Sessions include:
June 12 : Why the traditional liturgy works so well during these crazy times - 
John Morris

June 19: New resources in a new era of ministry - Jeremy Bankson

June 26: Joyful noise: percussion in worship - Christopher Wilson

July 17: Leading with body, mind, spirit, voice: the preparation of a conductor - Pearl Shangkuan

July 24: Global worship as the church moves south - Marcell Steuernagel

July 31: Successful handbell choir with small numbers, inexperienced ringers, and limited rehearsal time - Jeffrey Scott Doebler

August 14: Choir after COVID: strategies to come back strong - Tim Fredstrom

August 21: Ten ways to improve the flow of contemporary worship - Clayton Faulkner
Thanks to all 1,324 musicians who submitted recordings making the ALCM Virtual Hymn such a great experience. You are encouraged to share it with the world and make use if it anytime in worship. Links and downloads in various formats are available at ALCM Virtual Hymn. We are grateful to David Cherwien, the National Lutheran Choir and Pauline and John Kiltinen for all their help and support in making this hymn a reality.

Having trouble finding yourself  in the virtual hymn? (Or finding one of your choir or congregation members or friends?) Shoot us an email at with WHERE AM I in the subject line and include the name of the file that was uploaded, or at least the name of the person. Just maybe you (or they) will be found.

ALCM seeks a high achieving contract employee to fill remote responsibilities as editor of the practical periodical,  In Tempo. The editor is responsible for complete development and production of the three issue per year publication. Essential qualifications: detail oriented; excellent written and verbal communication skills; successful project management and time management track record; proven ability to meet deadlines; proficient knowledge and ability to use standard telephone, computer and other technology reasonably necessary in a 21st century nonprofit organization. Exceptional candidates email cover letter and resume to  with "In Tempo APPLICATION" in the subject line. Position available immediately.  View complete job description .

Locations for 2020 Hearts*Hands*Voices events that have already been confirmed include those listed below. Those with set dates include links to the event records, and registration for these events is now open. Additional information regarding each event will be added as it becomes available. 

Events with confirmed locations and dates:

Allentown, PA  -   November 14  
Beavercreek, OH - November 7
Charlotte, NCAugust 8  
Hicksville, NY - October 24
Irvine, CA - October 3
Frankenmuth, MI - November 7
Lancaster, PAOctober 3
Lansing, MI - September 12
Marquette, MI - October 17
St. Peter, MN  - September 12
Santa Monica, CA - November 14
Sioux Falls, SD - September 26
Sugar Land, TX - August 15
Waukesha, WI - October 3
Wichita, KS - September 26
Winchester, VA - October 17
Worcester, MA - September 26

Check the ALCM website for additional sites and event details.

Interested in hosting a local workshop in 2021? Contact Sally Messner at

A growing list of ALCM member led 
Sunday worship streams & recordings is available at:

To be added, please email information to:
2021 Raabe Prize Submissions Now Being Accepted

Raabe Prize Submissions for the 2021 Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Composition are now being accepted. The prize  is awarded every two years for a single musical work, published or unpublished and written within the last five years, that reflects a larger history of excellence on the part of the composer. Dr. William and Pr. Nancy Raabe of Madison, Wisconsin, endowed this prize to recognize and encourage significant accomplishments in composition contributing to the body of sacred music for the church in the Lutheran heritage.

Additional details about the prize and submission requirements are available on the  ALCM website.

Deadline for submissions is  October 1, 2020.

In 2018 the ALCM board of directors appointed a task force to develop a new set of resources to assist congregations in the process of searching for and hiring a church musician. The task force has been working diligently on this project and the initial resources have been posted on the ALCM website. These employment resources are conceived to be ever-growing and evolving and there is still much to be developed, but we invite you to review the initial resources. The task force members welcome your feedback and suggestions. You can email them at

Members of the Employment Resources Task Force: 
Kevin Barger
Rev. James Boline
Cheryl Dieter
Ryan Hostler, chair
Anne Krentz Organ
Paul Soulek

Although we find ourselves in challenging and uncertain times, your biennial conference planning committee continues to plan-both with hope and anticipation-for our Philadelphia gathering, July 4-8, 2021. We're excited about so many of the presentations, performances, and worship experiences beginning to take shape!
We are pleased to announce our plenary speakers:
Mark Miller
Associate Professor of Church Music and Composer-in-Residence
Drew University, Madison, New Jersey
Lecturer in Sacred Music
Yale University
Minister of Music, Christ Church (UCC)
Summit, New Jersey
Jennifer Baker-Trinity
Program Director for Resource Development
Augsburg Fortress and Office of the Presiding Bishop (ELCA)
Co-Director, Institute of Liturgical Studies
Valparaiso University
Jean Boehler
Cantor, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church
The Bronx, New York
Dien Ashley Taylor
Pastor, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church
The Bronx, New York
Stay tuned to future e-newsletters and the ALCM Facebook page for additional information about the conference website, presenters, workshops, the schedule, registration information, and much more!