Association of Lutheran Church Musicians

November 1, 2020 e-newsletter
Greetings from our ALCM Board of Directors, in the name of the One who was, and is, and is to come, Jesus Christ!

All Saints Day is a day of mixed emotions, of rejoicing and remembering, of looking back and looking forward. In the Northern Hemisphere daylight is short and growing shorter. Leaves are turning colors and falling from trees. It is, in some way, an unsettled time, an in between time.

This surely fits our life outside of the Church. We are in the final days of an election, and deep into a pandemic. The outcome of neither is sure. I find that our lectionary in November fits these days well, as our readings look forward to a time we can only see in our imaginations, in our hope.

On a practical note, our ALCM Board of Directors met on October 22. Here are some notable things to report from the meeting.
  • Jim Rindelaub, our Executive Director, continues to envision and produce strong programming for members and others, which helps us with ministry in these days. Example: a fall webinar series, following on our successful series in the summer.
  • We have an expanding social media presence, ably led by Joan Miller. You can help with this presence by sharing or liking tweets, posts, and pictures.
  • Our financial picture is solid. Especially gratifying in this area is the establishment of the Norma Aamodt-Nelson Student Scholar Fund. This is an endowed fund that will support students for many years to come.
  • As a result of all this, our membership numbers are strong! We continue, even in these uncertain times, to welcome new members.

God bless you in these days, and God bless us with peace.

Michael Krentz
All Saints Day Remembrance

Every two years during the biennial conference we remember those ALCM members and others who have died since the previous conference. Since we will not be meeting in 2021, it seemed appropriate to remember them on this All Saints Day.

Norma Aamodt-Nelson
Karen J. Anderson
Rev. Michael Bodnyk
David Boe
James H. Christensen
Glenda Cunard
Patrick M. Finnegan
Kenneth Garst
Philip Gehring
Walter F. Gresens
Lois Hoger
Judith Johnson
Robert Clifford “BJ” Johnson
Peter Krentz
Janet R. Mangels
Viola Rutz
Mark Schweitzer
Robert Sirko
Rev. Gerald A. Spice
Natalie Wehrman
J. David Wertz
Thelma Williams

May they rest in peace and rise in glory!

If there are others that should be named in future remembrances, please send an email to

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay.

ALCM Virtual Christmas Carol

"Angels We Have Heard on High"

Anne Krentz Organ, arranger

Available to use in Christmas services and concerts beginning Tuesday, December 1st..

All ALCM members, friends and choirs are invited to submit vocal and instrumental recordings for the virtual Christmas carol. Recordings must be submitted by November 8.
As we announced last week, the 2021 biennial conference has been postponed until 2023, but ALCM is still committed to finding alternate ways for us to be a community in 2021. We invite you to help us now by completing this, our second survey. What would you most appreciate as an alternate activity in the coming year? What would be most helpful to you in your professional development at this time? What ways of interacting with friends, old and new, have you found most meaningful over the past months? Please complete the survey by Friday, November 13. Thank you!
2020 Lutheran College Virtual Christmas Programs

Please email with updates or additions. This list is posted and will be updated on the ALCM website.

AUGSBURG (Minneapolis, MN) – Friday, December 4 at 7:00 pm Central

BETHANY (Mankato, MN) – Sunday, December 6 at 3:00 pm Central

CONCORDIA, IRVINE (Irvine, CA) – Tuesday, December 22

CONCORDIA, ST. PAUL (St. Paul, MN) – Friday, December 4

CONCORDIA, WISCONSIN (Mequon, WI) – Friday & Saturday, December 4 & 5 at 7:30 pm Central

GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS (St. Peter, MN) - Saturday, December 19 at 7:30 pm Central

LUTHER (Decorah, IA) - Friday, December 4 at 7:30 pm Central

ST. OLAF (Northfield, MN) - Sunday, December 6 at 3:30 pm Central

WARTBURG (Waverly, IA) – Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 7:00 pm Central
The next In tempo issue will be mailed later this week. We know you can’t wait to see it, so it is available now to ALCM members in the Members Area at

Here are the issue’s article titles to whet your appetite:
  • An Antidote to Despair
  • Hope in Transit
  • Directing Ensembles in Christian Music Ministry: A Manifesto
  • Uniting Congregations through Virtual Music
  • GarageBand Choir
  • Treasure Hunting
  • Veni, Emmanuel: Free resources for Advent Worship
  • What Linus and Charlie Brown Taught Me about Christmas: A Service of Lessons and Carols
  • Where Is Our Hope
  • Fiasco! The Worst Debacles and Lessons Learned for Great Musicians: Know Thy Score, No Lives Were Lost
  • Quiz: How Well Do You Know Luther’s Hymns?
  • Organ Blowers: The Unnoticed Helper
  • Interview with a Church Musician: Nyamal Both
Pandemic Resources
A pandemic resources page has been added to the ALCM website. These resources are not intended to be comprehensive, nor are they a “one size fits all” solution. Instead, this page is intended to be a gathering place for various resources related to worship and music during a time when abnormal has become the norm.

Included on this page are the articles from the summer 2020 issue of CrossAccent, which is dedicated almost exclusively to issues surrounding the pandemic.

As we learn of additional writings and resources, they will be added to this page, so check back often. If you have found something helpful that would be appropriate to add to this page, please email us at
Grace Notes Now Available
Past issues of ALCM's original newsletter, Grace Notes, are now available for viewing and download in the members area of the ALCM website. This newsletter, which ceased publication in 2011, combined news items and brief articles of interest and included an insert of practical ideas related to worship and music called "ResourCenter" (originally "Resource Center"). Issues from 1997-2011 are now posted in the members area of the website. Issues prior to 1997 will be posted as they become available.

Fall Friday Webinar Series
Explore and register for the Fall ALCM webinars at Fall Friday Webinar Series. All Friday webinars are from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm eastern. Sessions include: 
Recording Available
Practical Methods and Uses
of Virtual Church Music Sungjoon Lee
Recording Available
Confused about copyrights
and licensing? Let’s talk
Mark Lawson
November 13
Truly Present: Practicing Prayer in the Liturgy
Lisa Dahill
Registration for the fall series includes access to all three webinars. After December 1, individual webinars will be available at the regular price of $25 for ALCM members and $39 for non-members.
Lutheran Summer Music Webinar:
Creating a Virtual Ensemble

Just in time for Christmas concerts and services, Lutheran Summer Music is pleased to offer as the final webinar in a Fall Webinar Series: Creating a Virtual Ensemble

Creating a Virtual Ensemble
Hosted by Chris Nelson
11/9/2020 at 4:00 PM (CST)

Chris Nelson, sound and video engineer at C. Scott Company, will talk about the process of preparing for and creating a great virtual music offering. He’ll review everything from selecting repertoire best suited for virtual performance, to managing the logistics, and producing the best final product. While the means of making a virtual performance are very different from the music making we know and love, we can still offer an engaging and impactful gift that touches the hearts of viewers as if they were in the room with us. Register to attend the webinar, and you’ll receive a free “virtual ensemble” recording guide to use in your next project. 
Free Recorded Webinar:
Presented by Lauren Grangaard
October 23, 2020
Recordings to Share?
John Rausch is compiling recordings of sung performances of Lutheran Service Book (LSB) hymns by individuals, choirs, and congregations. Although he is interested in all LSB hymns, he is particularly interested in recordings of the less well-known hymns. If you have recordings of LSB hymns that you would like to share, please send the links to John at
A list of ALCM member-led 
Sunday worship streams & recordings is available at:

To be added, please email information to: