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

"Christ is risen!
Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!"
These words rang out in our churches about 10 days ago, and they continue on our lips and in our minds - for how long? If you find yourself weary now in early May, weary of a long academic year, weary of choir, weary of wrangling children or volunteers, weary of meetings, maybe even weary of that Easter greeting: I say, "Buckle up! We have a long way to go."
Easter Sunday was very late this year, which means Pentecost is not until June 9. For many of us that means the "choir season" goes until June 9, and "summer" doesn't start until after that. Which is very late!
If you feel weary, remember this: your congregation, your people need you. They need your leadership, your energy, your sparkle, whatever you want to call it, so they can sing. They cannot sing "alleluia" without you. If you are weary, remember this: your work is vital in the underlying sense of that word. It is life-giving!
If you feel weary, remember also that you are not the first to do so, nor are you alone in this. It has always been so. Remember to take care of yourself: enjoy a nice spring day, spend some quiet time alone, be with your family, read a good book just for fun, and pray. And come to Portland to be rejuvenated with other ALCM members.
But do "buckle up," and bring your leadership, your energy, your sparkle, so that your people can sing. They cannot do it without you!

Michael Krentz
ALCM Members: Have You Voted Yet?

Voting is underway for two national board positions: Secretary/Treasurer (4-year term) and Director at Large (2-year term). Information about the candidates and links to the online voting form were sent out to all members on April 26. If you have any questions, please email

May 23, 2019
Note the change in date!!!

2:00 pm Eastern time

Basic Principles of
Worship & Music
in the Lutheran Tradition

Presented by Carl Schalk

ALCM members: $25
Non-members: $39

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.

Can't make the live webinar? All ALCM webinars are archived and available for purchase in the Marketplace on the ALCM website. If you sign up ahead of the webinar, you will receive a link to the recorded webinar as soon as it is available, usually an hour or two after the webinar. If you prefer, purchase the webinar when it becomes available in the Marketplace, usually within 24 hours.

2019 Faithful Servant Awards

At its January 2019 face-to-face meeting, the ALCM board unanimously voted to name Charles Ore and Susan Palo Cherwien as recipients of the 2019 Faithful Servant Award. Charles is a well-known organ recitalist and improviser. His organ and choral compositions have been published by Concordia Publishing House, Augsburg Fortress, and MorningStar Music. Susan is best known as a poet and hymnwriter. The texts of her hymns have appeared in many hymnals and both her hymn texts and poems have been used extensively in choral compositions.

Both Charles and Susan will be in attendance at the Portland conference and will receive their awards at the business meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 24th. Earlier that afternoon, Charles will be organist at the opening service.

Join us in Portland as we congratulate these two individuals and celebrate their gifts and their lasting impact upon the church's worship and song.
April Survey - The Results Are In!

Many thanks to the 95 people who completed last month's survey. Here are the results:

I f you are arriving in Portland on Sunday, plan to attend a hymn festival at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on Sunday evening, June 23 at 7:00 p.m. Bruce Neswick and Benjamin Kolodziej will be the featured organists. Also, in addition to the vendor fair on Monday morning the Church Music Institute is presenting a workshop at Concordia entitled, " Planning Through the Church Year: Thinking Liturgically and Musically ." The hymn festival is free and open to the public. The Monday morning workshop requires separate registration. 

Another optional Monday morning activity will be a workshop entitled "Hosting a Hearts * Hands * Voices Event." ALCM president-elect Kevin Barger will guide attendees through the planning process, both the practical considerations as well as designing a program. Whether you've already hosted an event, would like to host one, or just want to know more about what's entailed, you'll find many good ideas in this one-hour workshop.
In memoriam - Paul Bouman (1918-2019)

We give thanks for the life of Paul Bouman (August 26, 1918 - April 28, 2019). In 2003 Paul was made an Honorary Lifetime Member of ALCM (now called Faithful Servant) and awarded with a certificate that read:
"In thanksgiving to God for your proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ through music and your ministry of calling forth the song of God's people; in recognition of your faithful stewardship of gifts in composition, teaching and performance, your congenial collegiality and your legacy of exceptional work with children's choirs, we do hereby proclaim you Honorary Lifetime Member." (July 3, 2003)
The funeral will be at Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest, IL on Saturday, May 4, at 11a.m. The service will be followed by a reception in Fellowship Hall.

There is visitation with the family on Friday, May 3, 3-8pm, at 
Drechsler, Brown & Williams , 203 South Marion Street, Oak Park. There will also be visitation at Grace on Saturday, May 4, before the service, 9:30-10:30am.
May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Watch for 2019 Hearts, Hands, Voices local workshops. Some of the locations you may see a workshop pop up in include:
Phoenix, AZ
Chico, CA
Irvine, CA
Columbus, OH
Lorain, OH
Valparaiso, IN
Mission, KS
Worchester, MA
Baltimore, MD
Allentown, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
Sioux Falls, SD
Richmond, VA
Waukesha, WI
Interested in hosting a local workshop? Contact Also, if your plans include attending the Portland conference in June, Kevin Barger is hosting a pre-conference workshop on Hosting a Hearts * Hands * Voices event.
Part-Time Remote Position Available
ALCM Events Coordinator

ALCM is seeking a high achieving and collaborative part-time (quarter-time) employee to serve as the staff coordinator of conferences and workshops. The individual will work with ALCM's executive director and business manager as well as planning committees to insure tasks related to ALCM's educational programs are executed in a timely and high-quality manner. Essential qualifications: detail oriented; excellent written and verbal communication skills; successful project management and time management track record; proven ability to meet deadlines. Click here for a full job description. Exceptional candidates email cover letter and resume to with "EVENTS COORDINATOR APPLICATION" in the subject line. Position available until filled.

Utech Music Competition

The Eastman School of Music, Department of Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards, announces a music competition to provide a tune and setting for a newly commissioned hymn text by Dr. Carl P. Daw, Jr.: "Out of Silence Music Rises." If you wish to participate in this competition please contact Isaac Drewes at to receive a copy of the text. Completed compositions are due by July 31st, 2019 and will be judged anonymously. The winning composer will receive an honorarium of $3,000 and travel support to the November 1, 2019 Utech Hymnody Symposium and Festival at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.
ALCM member Wayne Wold was the winner of the first text competition, which took place in 2017. His text "Voices Arise, Let Joy Be Heard," was set to be sung to "Psalm 138" from the Genevan Psalter.

2020 ALCM Germany Tour
Two Spaces Available!

Two people had to cancel their reservation for the 2020 ALCM Germany Tour, so we are now able to offer those  2 spaces on a first come, first served basis. 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 It is this online deposit that secures your reservation. Remember: 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!

Become a Lifetime Member of ALCM
Before Prices Go Up!

Did you know that ALCM offers lifetime memberships for those under 65 (currently $1,500) and for those 65 and over (currently $750)? Pay the one-time fee and you are set for life--no more annual renewals. The prices are going up July 1 to $2,000 for a regular lifetime membership and $1,000 for lifetime membership for those 65 and older. If you're interested in becoming a lifetime member, now is the perfect time to do it.