Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
November 1, 2016 e-newsletter

Greetings on this Feast of All Saints!
I'm beginning my third month in this position, and I'm still astonished and extremely grateful (pretty much every day) that I am a member of ALCM. From the work that our development committee is doing to help us celebrate our 30th, to the tireless work that Cheryl accomplishes, to the faithful ministry that the membership does to serve the Church, our organization is alive and continues to move in a positive, mission-led direction. Are you as thankful as I am? How will you express that thankfulness, either locally in your church, or directly to ALCM? Will you join me in a 30th anniversary gift? If you have already, THANK YOU!!

This past month we welcomed three new board members: William Kuhn, Region 4 president; Ryan Hostler, Region 2 president; and Jeffrey Blersch, Member-at-Large. Please keep them in your prayers as they begin their service to ALCM. 

I also want to take this opportunity to thank John Weit for his inspired and dedicated service on the ALCM board as president of Region 1. Earlier this month I accepted his resignation, as he embarks on his new call as Program Director, Music at the ELCA. Per our constitution, the Region 1 Vice-President takes over immediately, and that is Jennifer Baker-Trinity. Many of you know of her fantastic work as a church musician and writer, as well as conference planner, most recently for the Region 1 conference in Fort Wayne. Jennifer, welcome to the board! Please keep both John and Jennifer in your prayers as they begin new ministries.

Julie Grindle
ALCM President
In addition to inspiring worship and stimulating plenary speakers, this summer's conference also offers a wide variety of practical workshops:
  • Organist-choir directors can learn about the Alexander Technique and hone skills for conducting from the console.
  • For children's choir directors there's an introduction to the Kodaly and Orff approaches to music education.
  • Choral directors can attend workshops on choral tone and how church choirs can successfully sing Bach's choral music
  • Organists can learn more about Bach's Clavierübung and how to care for the pipe organ.
  • Non-traditional music leaders can learn about using unique instruments like the accordion and banjo, as well as a workshop on creative use of the piano.
  • "Come thou FONT: Renewing Congregational Publications" will be your chance to geek out on church bulletin design.
  • How about a workshop led by a licensed Music Therapist or one offered under the auspices of the Leadership Program for Musicians? 
These are just a few highlights; there will also be a variety of handbell, choral, and organ reading sessions. 

Watch for an email announcing the opening of registration -- coming soon!

Called to Be a Living Voice 
Statement Adopted by Membership

Many thanks to all who provided feedback during the year-long process of revision leading to the September 2016 vote. This document will stand as a snapshot of who we are as Lutheran church musicians at this particular moment in history, complementing the 2003 Statement on Music and Worship. As the church is ever-reforming, we will continue to assess and reflect upon who we are and what God is calling us to do. Read "Called to Be a Living Voice."

Distance Learning Opportunities for Church Musicians

The Leadership Program for Musicians, a cooperative program between the ELCA and The Episcopal Church, is proud to announce online courses for church musicians: Christian Hymnody and Episcopal Liturgy beginning in January; Lutheran Liturgy and Developing a Philosophy of Church Music beginning in March. LPM courses are designed for musicians who desire to expand their knowledge and hone their skills. Pastors and others are welcome to register, as well. 

For complete information, including links to registration, see:

Celebrating 30 Years - Approaching a Goal

Our ALCM Celebrating 30 Years fundraising appeal continues, and we are very happy to announce that we have made great progress on the central goal of the campaign.
In 2015 we had about 170 donors who gave gifts to ALCM. As of October 28, 2016 we already have over 230 donors this year! This puts us well on our way to the goal of 300 donors in a year.
If you have made a gift to ALCM this year, thank you so much. If you have not made a gift yet, please help us reach our goal of 300 donors - no gift is too small. We are encouraging gifts based on the number 30, so a gift of $30, $60, $90, $150, $300 (you can use your imagination to go on) will be gratefully received.
If you need another copy of the Celebrating 30 Years brochure, you can  download it here by clicking on the link to "30th anniversary." Donations may be made online using the same link. If you would like additional paper copies of the brochure to distribute, send an email to .

Michael Krentz
Development Committee
The Lutheran Youth Choir International
...not just another high school choir!

It is SO MUCH MORE, the ultimate music mission trip!

Live and sing for one week in a real German castle 
with other American and German high school students under the safe supervision of experienced American staff members in Mansfeld, Germany, Martin Luther's boyhood town! 

Join us for a  Festival of Global Vocal Music, July 12-25, 2017 in Chicago and central Germany (500th anniversary of the Reformation), including two exciting days in Berlin! Share great times of  service, discussion, sightseeing,  and recreation in addition to music! 

Significant scholarship help for ALL high school students, Lutheran or not.  One adult chaperone travels for FREE with every ten students (or at a discount for four or more participants). 
For more information, go to

Don't delay  - application deadline is December 1, 2016!


First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, N.C.
Jan. 4-6, 2017

Featuring Robert Hobby, Allen Hightower, Craig Mueller, Tom Shelton, Stephen Mitchell and Mark Lawson, the National Conference for Sacred Music is a unique conference designed to provide the practicing church musician fresh ideas to help create a vital, growing music ministry. The emphasis of this conference is providing a variety of new approaches to revitalize and reinvigorate the church's passion for music in worship. For information about the conference, registration, hotels, schedule and workshop descriptions, visit

We Love to Sing the Story

Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN concludes its 150 th  anniversary activities with a celebration of 150 years of faith-filled song. A hymnfest at 3pm on Sunday, November 13, at Zion Lutheran, 1200 South Hwy. 25 in Buffalo will be led by organist David Cherwien, cantor at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and artistic director of the National Lutheran Choir. We Love to Sing the Story will blend the sounds of Senior Choir, congregation, Joyful Ringers, Zion instrumentalists and reflections by Susan Palo Cherwien into many favorite hymns of faith. Also included is an arrangement of Prepare the Way, O Zion, commissioned by Zion and arranged by Josh Bauder.

Free will donations will be used for Zion's music ministry.

For more information go to