Association of Lutheran Church Musicians

May 1, 2021 e-newsletter
A video greeting from out-going ALCM board member
Omaldo Perez
Virtual Hymns for the Easter Season
The ALCM Virtual Easter Hymn continues to be available for use during Easter. Also, as you prepare for Pentecost (May 23), consider using the Pentecost Virtual Hymn that was created last year. You may share these hymns with everyone. All copyright restrictions are waived.
The virtual Easter hymn was made possible through the generous financial support of
Mark and Kathy Helge.
The virtual Pentecost hymn was made possible through the generous financial support of Pauline and John Kiltinen.
Last Chance to Vote!
If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to review the bios and vision statements of the two candidates running for the director at large position on the ALCM board--Carol Churchill and Karen Eddinger--and then place your vote. The email containing voting information and link to the ballot was sent out on April 9, 2021. The deadline for voting is May 2nd.
2021 ALCM Norma Aamodt-Nelson Student Scholar Award
Students are invited to be the 2021 ALCM Norma Aamodt-Nelson Student Scholar.

Applicants must be enrolled as a college or university student during the fall term of 2021.
The recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship, which will be paid directly towards tuition at the recipient's college or university during the 2021–2022 class year.

Portions of the recipient’s submitted recording will be played during the virtual ALCM 2021 business meeting on July 29, 2021 and may be included in ALCM promotion.

The deadline to submit the application is May 15, 2021. The winner will be announced in July of 2021.
ALCM 2021 Webinar Series
Webinars in 2021 are offered in four separate series. Each series may be purchased individually (one series is actually free) or you may purchase a full-year webinar package (at a reduced rate!) that includes automatic registration for all sixteen webinars throughout the year.

You may register at any time through 2021 and receive recordings of the live webinars which are completed. In 2022 these webinars will revert to the regular price of $25 members/$39 nonmembers per webinar.

All webinars are on Fridays at 2:00 pm Eastern, unless otherwise noted.

Check out the TWO May webinars below!
ALCM Friday May Webinar (Free)
Introducing the New ELCA Worship Supplement:
All Creation Sings

Jennifer Baker-Trinity, David Sims, and John Weit

Friday, May 14 - 2:00 pm Eastern

All Creation Sings, a new hymn and liturgy supplement to Evangelical Lutheran Worship, was released in late 2020. This resource of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America brings together a wide range of cultural, ethnic, generational, and theological perspectives in its liturgical settings, prayers, and two hundred hymns and songs. This webinar will specifically address the assembly song of the resource with several sung examples, noting themes highlighted in the resource as well as diverse musical styles. Join us as we explore how this new worship and song resource encourages our joining the song of all creation. 
Jennifer Baker-Trinity
Program Director for Resource Development for the ELCA and Augsburg Fortress
David Sims
Music Development Manager Augsburg Fortress
John Weit
Executive for Worship, ELCA

NOTE: If you have already registered for the Free Webinar Series, the Spring Webinar Series or the Full Year Series, do not register again. You will receive a link to the webinar in the morning on the day of the webinar.

To find out more about All Creation Sings, click on the image below. Check out these new features and resources:
  • ACS hymns are now available for download on both S& ( and Prelude (
  • All the ACS content (not just the hymns) is available on S&—the liturgies are available in Prelude, including the bilingual service. 
  • Short assembly song descriptions of every hymn in ACS are available on S& (go to: Library--ACS--Additional Resources).
  • Beginning on Pentecost, May 23, 2021, there are ACS suggestions included with the weekly hymn suggestions on S&
  • Beginning in Advent 2021, ACS hymn suggestions are available in both print and online editions of Sundays and Seasons.
Second ALCM Friday May Webinar
Congregational Song for the Post-COVID Church: Singing love of neighbor

C. Michael Hawn

Friday, May 21 - 2:00 pm Eastern
Though the synoptic gospels all include the twin commandments to “love God and love one’s neighbor” (Matthew 22:34-46; Mark 12:30-31; Luke 10:27), the church, in general, has found it more convenient to sing its love of God and more difficult to sing our love of neighbor. In a related question, Christ asked, “Who is my mother? Who is my brother?” (Matthew 12:48; Mark 3:33). These rhetorical questions are neither simple nor their implications easy. We church musicians have some serious work to do if our liturgy is to speak truth and love to a suffering and skeptical world. This webinar explores what it means to sing a balanced theology of love–with a focus on neighborly love–in a post-COVID world that will need to hear this message.
Michael Hawn
University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Church Music
Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Adjunct Professor of Church Music and Director of the Doctor of Pastoral Music degree program
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

NOTE: If you have already registered for the Spring Webinar Series or the Full Year Series, do not register again. You will receive a link to the webinar in the morning on the day of the webinar.
Raabe Prize
Possible ALCM Raabe Prize
Virtual Anthem 
If we were to make a virtual anthem of ALCM members only performing this year’s Raabe Prize-winning piece, would you participate? If so, please let us know the part(s) you will submit by completing this one-question form. Parts must be submitted by May 10.
In Tempo, ALCM's practical resource publication, is seeking an article for these two topics in an upcoming issue:
1. Paid choral singers in a congregation's regular choir. Are you experienced with this? - finding candidates, compensation parameters, procuring funding, relationship with choir volunteers, unexpected consequences. Contact for more details regarding writing an article.
2. Ongoing invitation: your "Worst and Best of Everything" story. The best and worst experience, advice, or practical tips regarding playing, conducting, singing, hymn introductions, worship planning, technology, resolving conflict, any and everything church music and Lutheran worship. Which strategies turned into train wrecks? Which have you absorbed and made standard practice? If you would be willing to share your hard-earned wisdom and practical tips, please send an article proposal to
WELS Hymnal Update
Christian Worship is scheduled to be released in time for Advent 2021. Extensive introductory and overview materials are available on the Christian Worship website.
LSM 2021 at Valparaiso University:
A Safe Return to Campus
Lutheran Summer Music (LSM) is thrilled to share that LSM 2021 at Valparaiso University is officially moving forward in person!

Made possible by a comprehensive list of Health and Safety Modifications, this return to on-campus learning and fellowship will be a joy and welcome relief for young musicians who have lost so much over the past year. Living in intentional community is a cornerstone of the LSM experience and is more essential now than ever.

Applications close on May 15th and are limited to the first 100 students. A limited number of spots remain for the on-campus program. If you know a young musician looking for a fulfilling, fun, and safe musical opportunity this summer, Nominate a Student today!
Who is that (un)masked man?
Mystery solved!
Last month we asked if someone could identify the man in this photo playing drums with Mark Sedio. Thanks to John Paradowski, who came through and identified this Mark Lawson Doppelgänger!

The man with Mark is Nick White, a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa [where the picture is taken from] who joined in at the closing service of the ALCM conference in Milwaukee in 2009.
Nick is active in the music ministry of St. Matthew's as a handbell ringer and trumpet player. In his previous life he was also the director of bands for a local high school. He has been a professional musician his whole life.
A copy of CrossAccent out-of-print issue 5B (No. 10) from 1997 has been located and scanned. This issue, titled "Love Caused Your Incarnation," is now available in the members area of the ALCM website. Also, to make browsing back issues easier, names have been added to all titled issues in the members area.
COVID Updates from the Center for Congregational Song
As you contemplate a return to congregational singing, you may wish to visit this page established by The Center for Congregational Song that includes several helpful links related to COVID-19 and singing. It also includes a count-down to when singing together will be safe again based on current recommendations from the CDC and other public health institutions. For an explanation on the most recent CDC mask wearing guidance see:
Kyries & Glorias

Kyries (prayer concerns) and Glorias (thanksgivings) are posted in the members area and on the following page on the ALCM website. The following recent Kyries and Glorias have been submitted by ALCM members.
Susan Cherwien
Kari Files

ALCM members are invited to submit Kyries and Glorias following the link in the members area of the website. Non-members may contact the ALCM office at with information for posting.
August Conference Opportunity
A list of ALCM member-led 
Sunday worship streams & recordings is available at:

To be added, please email information to: