Association of Lutheran Church Musicians

May 1, 2022 e-newsletter
Greetings from Board Member Karen Foote
Make Your Reservations Now!

For those of you "last-minute" decision-makers, be sure to make your lodging reservations as soon as possible. Both on-campus dormitory housing as well as conference hotels are filling up fast. If you are already registered and want to add on-campus housing, complete another registration form, this time selecting only the housing options. We have reserved blocks of reduced-rate rooms at local hotels, but once those rooms are taken, you will need to pay full price. If the hotel you want to stay at is full, try another hotel.

Still on the fence about registering for the conference? Check out the list of workshops and group learning sessions. Hear two premier music groups in concert, and participate in a hymn festival led by Martin Jean celebrating the 40th anniversary of Lutheran Summer Music. There are reduced rates for more than one person registering from the same congregation or household. Much additional information is available on the conference website. Please join us!

Valparaiso Conference Sponsorship Opportunities
Would you like to contribute to ALCM and support our July conference in Valparaiso? Gifts are welcome to support the conference and may be made from the ALCM website. As with all donations to ALCM, your gift can be designated in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one. All donations made by May 15, 2022 will appear in the honor role of contributors listed in the Valparaiso conference program book.
2022 Webinars
Webinars in 2022 are offered in three separate series (spring, summer, and fall) each containing three webinars. Each of the three series may be purchased individually for $25 for ALCM members and $50 for non-members or as a full-year webinar package at $60 for members and $120 for non-members. Registration for the full-year package includes automatic registration for all nine webinars throughout the year.

Registration at any time during 2022 will give access to the upcoming webinars in that series as well as recordings of the webinars which are completed. The 2022 webinars will revert to the regular price of $25 members/$39 non-members per webinar on January 16, 2023.

All webinars are on Fridays at 2:00 pm Eastern.
ALCM Friday May Webinar
And May God Give Us
Faith to Sing Always
Friday, May 20 - 2:00 pm Eastern

Recommitting to our purpose and vocation in music ministry.

NOTE: If you have already registered for the Summer 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.
Tom Trenney
Minister of Music,
First-Plymouth Church, Lincoln, NE
Director of Choirs,
Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE
LSM 2022 Application Deadline is May 15

It's not too late for students to apply for LSM 2022, but enrollment for this summer closes soon. Is there a musical student in your congregation or community who would benefit from the joy-filled and welcoming environment of LSM? Nominate them now for LSM 2022!
Part Time Remote Position Available:
ALCM Education Coordinator
The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians is seeking a high-achieving and collaborative part-time employee to serve as the staff coordinator of ALCM’s Hearts, Hands, Voices local workshops including its even-numbered year conferences. The position will also coordinate the development of ALCM’s Leadership Program for Musicians virtual courses, including overseeing the updating of the program curriculum. The individual will work with ALCM’s executive director and office staff as well as planning committees to ensure 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. See the full job description. Exceptional candidates please email a cover letter and resume to with “EDUCATION COORDINATOR APPLICATION” in the subject line. Interview scheduling to begin June 1.
Fourth Friday Happy Hour with ALCM

Recognizing that virtual community IS real community, you are warmly invited to join "Fourth Friday Happy Hour with ALCM" on Zoom every fourth Friday at 5 p.m. Eastern, starting May 27. Moderated by ALCM Executive Director Jim Rindelaub, President-Elect Nancy Raabe and a special guest from the ALCM board or staff, discussion will be oriented around a general theme each month, but the larger purpose is to encourage conversation, sharing, and community. Bring whatever thoughts, comments, or concerns are on your mind, and of course a libation of your choice. Click on this recurring link to join each month.
You are invited to freely make use of the ALCM Virtual Easter Hymn during the Easter season and at all times. Share the hymn with everyone. All copyright restrictions are waived. If you own a One License subscription and offer the hymn recording in worship please include it when submitting your One License report.
St. Cecilia
Dear St. Cecilia is back! 

This popular advice column, located on the ALCM web site at, will now be taking fresh requests. Pastor Ron Koch, the “Dear Abby” of the Lutheran church music world, is the voice behind St. Cecilia, and he welcomes your questions and concerns. You can reach Ron at or by snail mail to: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1735 Hecker Pass Highway, Gilroy, CA 95020. Telephone calls are also welcome at (408) 842-2713. All “Dear St. Cecilia” inquiries and concerns will remain anonymous and confidential. Check the web site regularly for the latest updates.
2023 Raabe Prize
Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Music. The Raabe Prize is established to recognize a recent musical work that promotes and extends the practice of church music as it is informed and shaped by Lutheran theological insight and worship practices. The composition so recognized will have been written during the five-year period prior to the year in which the prize is awarded and should be representative of a larger body of work by the composer. Preference will be given to those compositions that grow out of the heart of Lutheran worship – the song of the assembly that enables all to lift their voices in prayer, praise, and proclamation as they gather around Word and Sacrament.

Call for Essays:
CrossAccent, Summer 2022
Essays on the topic of “Embodiment and Technology in Worship” are welcomed for the summer 2022 issue of CrossAccent. Click here to read about this issue’s theme. Manuscripts are due on July 1, 2022.
2022 Hillert Award

ALCM, in partnership with the Center for Church Music, is pleased to announce that manuscript submissions for the 2022 Hillert Award in Student Composition are now being accepted. Applicant must be a student in a Lutheran college/university or seminary in the United States or Canada. Nominations may come from someone other than the composer.

The submitted piece must be a church music composition (3-5 minutes in length) suitable for a liturgical service. Compositions in all genres and from all geographical areas are welcomed. Cash prize of $1000 will be awarded with a certificate presentation at the annual Lectures in Church Music. The winning piece may also be performed at the ALCM biennial conference in Philadelphia in July 2023.

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2022 and should be submitted to Include a sound recording if possible.
On the May Calendar

May 6-7 - 2022 TUNE UP worship band gathering - Virtual event begins Friday at 6:00 pm CDT

May 27 - Fourth Friday Happy Hour - Virtual event begins at 5:00 pm EDT

Events are now being published both in the website calendar and in the monthly newsletter. Do you have an event that you'd like to include? ALCM members should log in and follow the link on the main members area page. Non-members should send event details to for consideration. 
TUNE UP worship band gathering
Virtual Training via Zoom
May 6 and 7, 2022

Join us for our virtual TUNE UP gathering this year on May 6-7. We will gather on Zoom for training, collaboration, and networking. This gathering is for everyone: instrumentalists, vocalists, worship leaders, pastors, and audio/video techs. We will meet over 3 two-hour sessions on Friday night, Saturday morning, and Saturday afternoon.
In Tempo, ALCM's practical resource publication, invites article proposals for these topics:

1. Your "Worst and Best” story. The best and worst experiences or advice 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? Your stories of “bumps along the way” as well as successes can teach, cheer, and encourage us. If you would be willing to share your hard-earned wisdom and practical tips, please send an article proposal to  
2. Contemporary, folk, or alternative music in worship.  “Contemporary” spans a variety of interpretations and practices, as does “folk” and “alternative” - what are your “best of the best” music and resources from these broadly defined categories? If you’d like to share your suggestions (especially with musicians of modest congregation size and budget) email for more information and writer guidelines.
Can you help?

Paul Grime has a student researching the development of church choirs. Do you know of any published history that gives a little background as to how church choirs developed in this country? Obviously, his interest ultimately lands in Lutheran congregations, but the development within Protestantism would be helpful in that what was going on in Lutheran congregations in the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries would probably apply. If you have suggested resources to share, please email Paul at
2022 Summer Sessions
June 6-17 | June 20-July 1
Pipe Organ Encounters 2022
Sponsored by local chapters of the American Guild of Organists, Pipe Organ Encounters (POEs) offer teenagers and adults a rewarding opportunity to:
  • learn about the pipe organ and its construction;
  • receive instruction from experienced faculty;
  • visit, hear and play outstanding instruments;
  • meet and interact with peers who share an interest in the King of Instruments.

St. James Music Press is offering a grant to a church starting or revitalizing a music program. The purpose of this grant is to support new choir programs or established music ministries that are adding a new element by offering resources and professional support.

Elements awarded in the grant include:
  • Complimentary 1-Year Membership to St. James Music Press
  • $1000 - To support ministry needs
  • Quarterly program consultations with SJMP colleagues meant to help recipients maximize their SJMP membership, discuss program challenges, and celebrate/build upon program successes.

Applications must be submitted by June 30th, 2022. For complete details, visit:
Kyries & Glorias

Kyries (prayer concerns) and Glorias (thanksgivings) are posted in the members area and on this page on the ALCM website. Kyries and Glorias for the following people have been recently posted:

In memoriam



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.
Are you a congregation looking for a musician?
A musician looking for a position?
ALCM can help!

Employment resources have been developed to assist congregations in the process of searching for and hiring a musician. Presented in a step-by-step format, these resources will guide you through the entire employment process.

The ALCM job listing service connects those looking for positions in the field of church music with congregations and other institutions that have openings. By completing an online job posting form, congregations can post their positions on the ALCM website where those looking for employment may view them.

Musicians searching for a job may view posted job openings on the ALCM website, where those looking for positions can view them. Both full-time and part-time positions are listed, and new positions are added as received.
A list of ALCM member-led 
Sunday worship streams & recordings is available at:

To be added, please email information to:
The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
nurtures and equips musicians
to serve and lead the church's song.