Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
October 1, 2017 e-newsletter

New ALCM Website Is Here!

The new ALCM website was launched overnight last Monday. With the new launch come many new member benefits. If you have not already done so, please follow these steps to set your password:
  1. Go to
  2. Enter your email address.
  3. Click the "Reset Password" button. 
  4. An email will be sent to that address with instructions for setting your password. 
  5. On the email, click the "Click here to reset your password" link.
  6. Enter your password (twice) and click "Save."
  7. Log in and you will be taken to the Members Area of the website. 
A few things to note about the site:
  • The main Members Area page is your go-to place for all membership-related activities and benefits, so be sure to log in whenever you visit the site.
  • CrossAccent issues are for sale to non-members in the Marketplace, but members can access both CrossAccent and In Tempo for free on the main Members Area page.
  • If you want to change the password you use to log in to the Members Area, you can either use the "Change my email/address/contact info" link on the Members Area page or just send an email to At least for the time being, I have to make email address changes in the system. You cannot make them yourself.
  • With the move to the new website, there is now a $25 charge for congregations to place ads on the job listing page. Fees paid for this service are deposited directly into the scholarship fund. By paying this listing fee, congregations are themselves directly supporting the raising up of new musicians within the church. 
  • Remember to list your local events on the ALCM site. The link to the event submission form is--you guessed it--on the main Members Area page.

If you have suggestions for additional member benefits you'd like to have included through the website, please either send me an email at or phone 800-624-2526.

Cheryl Dieter
ALCM Business Manager  

Help Wanted: In Tempo Editor 

ALCM seeks a high achieving contract employee to fill remote editorial responsibilities as the editor of the our practical periodical, In Tempo. The editor is responsible for complete development and production of the three issue per year periodical. Essential qualifications: detail oriented; excellent written and verbal communication skills; successful project management and time management track record; proven ability to meet deadlines; proficient knowledge and ability to use standard telephone, computer and other technology reasonably necessary in a 21st century nonprofit organization. Exceptional candidates email cover letter and resume to  with "EDITORIAL APPLICATION" in the subject line. Position available immediately. View complete job description.
ALCM's First Webinar

Mark your calendars and join us for ALCM's first-ever webinar on Reformation Day, October 31st, at 2:00 pm Eastern time (1:00 pm Central). ALCM member David Cherwien, cantor at Mt. Olive Lutheran in Minneapolis and director of the National Lutheran Choir, will lead us in an hour-long discussion entitled:

What Music is "Lutheran" and "Of the Reformation"?

The cost for the webinar is $25 for ALCM members ($39 for non-members). Be sure to  log in to the members area and use the link there to register at the $25 price.

Can't make it that day? The webinar will be archived and available for you to watch and listen to at your leisure. You can register now, even if you will not be able to attend the live webinar. All registrants will receive a link to the archived webinar after October 31st.  See complete webinar details.

Reformation Festival - Luther Seminary
Join Anton Armstrong, Susan Palo Cherwien, Marty Haugen, Donna Peña, Don Saliers, Paul Westermeyer, and many other scholars and musicians on this momentous 500th anniversary of the Reformation. On October 27th-28th at Luther Seminary in St. Paul MN, enjoy a weekend of thoughtful inquiry, music, and fellowship including Worship with ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton at Central Lutheran Church and the world premiere performances of the National Lutheran Choir's Holy Spirit Mass.   For more information and to register, visit
National Lutheran Choir premiere of 
Holy Spirit Mass
Join the National Lutheran Choir for this exciting world premiere of a major choral-instrumental work, Holy Spirit Mass by composer Kim André Arnesen, in Minneapolis on October 27th (8pm CST), or St. Paul on October 29th (4pm CST). Tickets and more information at

Dates have been set for some of the one-day events that will be held next year. Additional dates and locations will continue to be added as information becomes available. Check the main Hearts-Hands-Voices page of the website to see the current list.

For those of you planning to host events, be sure to notify Scott Weidler at when you have confirmed dates and locations.

Evangelical Lutheran Worship invites us to keep Ash Wednesday through Easter in a new-old way. During these days, we will worship using the services for Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Vigil of Easter, and join in reflection, study, and discussion of the cross and empty tomb, baptism and the Bible--the meaning of this journey for ourselves and the world.
Mark your calendars to attend one of these events that will immerse you more deeply in worship for the Three Days. Come and be refreshed in your planning and leading of these worship services that are central to our worship together as Christ's church.
January 18-20, 2018 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Winter Park, Florida
February 1-3, 2018 at St. Martin's Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas
Presenters include: Robert Farlee, John Morris, Gail Ramshaw, Leslie Scanlon, and Miriam Schmidt.
ELCA Staff Leaders: Jennifer Baker-Trinity, Kevin Strickland, and John Weit.
To register visit the ELCA "Worship at the Center" page.
For questions, contact BethAnn Lynch at or by phone at 773-380-2590.

43-rank Casavant - Létourneau pipe organ for sale with 
10-year warranty: $839,000
Orgues Létourneau is offering a 43-stop pipe organ rebuilt to like-new condition for USD $839,000. The core is Casavant's Opus 2295 from 1955 with electro-pneumatic wind chests; the revised specification can incorporate up to eighteen new stops built by Létourneau. Installation costs, on-site voicing, an allowance for casework in red oak, a rebuilt three-manual solid-state console, and a ten-year warranty are included. Transportation from Québec is not included. The organ requires approximately 500 sq. ft. with 20' ceiling for 16' ranks.  

For more details,   visit our websitee-mail  or call Andrew Forrest at 450-774-2698. 

"Rounding Up" Donors Continue to
Build Scholarship Fund

Donations to the scholarship fund have continued to come in both as separate donations and as membership renewals "rounded up" by $5, $10 or more. The following made contributions to the scholarship fund in July, August, and September (in no particular order):
Michael Bareham
Natalie Downs
Thomas Huener
Kenneth Hartfiel
Judith Holden
Timothy Armstrong
Paul Elsener
Roland Jank, Jr.
Harry Wells
Ray Thomas Tipton
Eunice Kanning
Chris Wallhausser
Barry L. Prince
Beverly Molnar
Karen Couturier
Susan Briehl
Richard Durham
Bruce Tonkin
Kurt Schmidt
Robert Wheeler
Lincoln Noecker
Kristin Rongstad
Cheryl Dieter
Jean Anderson

January 3-5, 2018
Charlotte, NC

Leading the Church's Song
Featuring Andr
é Thomas, Isabelle Demers, Zebulon Highben,
Jacqueline Thompson, Heather Potter, David Bone

National Conference for Sacred Music is a unique conference designed to provide the practicing church musician with fresh new ideas to help create a vital, growing music ministry. The emphasis of this conference is to provide a wide variety of new approaches to revitalize and reinvigorate the church's passion for music in worship. Sessions will include the following:
  • New worship planning ideas for your congregation and choirs
  • Choral technique classes with an emphasis on deepening the spiritual experience for the choir member
  • Reading sessions featuring new publications from Augsburg Fortress, Hinshaw, and MorningStar Music
  • Sponsored by three different denominational groups: The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts
  • Workshops for working with children
  • Handbells
  • Morning worship
Registration Fee: $150.00
Meal Plan (Wed dinner and Thu/Fri lunch): $45.00

More information

Organ for Sale

FOR SALE: Allen organ, Protégé, model # C-6. Eleven years old, meticulously maintained, pristine condition. One owner. Willing to assume 50% of shipping cost. Asking $13,000. Phone Lois DeWell, 906-226-3263. 
Disaster Relief

There continues to be an incredible need for contributions to aid in disaster relief. If you are looking for a way to help victims, make a donation to a disaster response organization. Here are the donation links for the three main Lutheran church bodies:

ELCA       LCMS       WELS

Please continue to hold in your personal and communal prayer all those in need all around the world.