Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
October 1, 2018 e-newsletter

October greetings, friends and colleagues!
As I write from Upstate NY, we are finally experiencing Fall weather, and it is truly a Godsend! After a particularly hot and humid summer - we are not used to needing air conditioning much here, and thus don't have it everywhere (even schools, or my office!) - it is a joy to open the windows and BREATHE. May you have that opportunity, no matter the weather, to help stay focused on your mission and ministry.
Fall is also a time when many of us help youth in our congregations apply to Lutheran Summer Music (LSM). This past summer, ALCM partnered with LSM at Valparaiso University, sharing a hymn festival and many worship opportunities. It was amazing to be a part of that community, even for just a little while. ALCM and LSM are now partnering to continue the learning experience for these teenagers after they leave LSM, using our members as mentors. Please be sure to see their announcement later in this newsletter.
For those of us who are not so excited about being back to work, especially if you are in a difficult work situation, ALCM is also here to help you. We have a list of members who have agreed to be chaplains in our organization, willing to lend an ear when times are difficult. I encourage you to take advantage of this resource; while they cannot provide legal help, they can certainly listen, give perspective if desired, and pray for you and with you. 
October blessings,
Julie Grindle
ALCM President

ALCM 2019 Biennial Conference

Registration for the 2019 Portland conference will be opening soon. Watch your email for an announcement!

In the past we have allowed people to take advantage of left-over continuing education funds and pre-register by paying part of the registration before the end of the year and then paying the remainder in January. This year we are trying a slightly different approach to make the conference more affordable to a larger group of people. 

Register and pay by December 31 and pay a reduced registration fee of $295 ($340 for non-members). On January 1 the "early-bird" registration fee of $355 ($400) goes into effect. After March 15, pay the regular registration fee of $425 ($470).

To take advantage of this early, early-bird special, the registration fee of $295 must be paid in full by December 31, 2018. If you want to stay in Concordia dormitory housing but can't pay for that by the end of the year, you will be able to add it later.

Reduced registration fees are available for students and for those "second persons" (or third, or fourth, etc.) registering from the same household or church. Click/tap here for additional information about the conference and a complete list of registration fees.

There's still time to take advantage of our
2018 Hearts * Hands * Voices events:

Webinar Registration Open

October 18, 2018
2:00 pm Eastern Time

Developing and Leading a 
Children's Music Camp 

Presented by Connie Millberg

Connie Millberg introduced "music camp" to St. Stephen Lutheran Church in 2000.
Over the past 18 years the camp has grown from 40 children with 20 volunteers to 132 children (their capacity) with 95 volunteers.  Registration fills in a matter of hours.  St. Stephen music camp week is centered around a children's musical.
Connie will share ideas and processes for you to use to create a successful, fun, creative, and Christ-centered music camp.
Some of the topics will include:  
·        Selecting your musical and restructuring to include parts for kids of all ages
·        Developing and investing in your team of volunteers
·        Equipping your volunteers and helpers to use their creative gifts
·        Setting up your daily schedule
·        Partnering with Thrivent and other businesses

To register: ALCM members log in to the members area of the website and follow the webinar link under "What's new for members?" to register at the member discount of $25.

Save the Dates!

Mark your calendars for other upcoming ALCM webinars:

February 7, 2019
Tips for Leading a
Worship (Praise) Band 

Presented by Kip Fox

May 16, 2019
Basic Principles of 
Worship and Music 
in the Lutheran Tradition

Presented by Carl Schalk

New Regional Officers Begin Today

The following regional officers, who were elected earlier this summer, begin their two-year terms of service today:

Region 1
President - Jeremy Bankson*
Vice-President - Jean Boehler
At Large - Chad Fothergill

Region 2
President - Ryan Hostler*
Vice-President - Kurt Schmidt
At Large - Karen Areheart Ives

Region 3
President - James Hild*
Vice-President - Joshua Lindgren
At Large - Lara West

Region 4
President - Tom Mueller*
Vice-President - Tim Getz
At Large - Susan Friesen

*Regional presidents also serve on the national ALCM board of directors.

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National Conference for Sacred Music 2019

Beat the post-Christmas blahs, and begin the new year in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina by attending the National Conference for Sacred Music (NCSM) January 9-11, 2019.  NCSM is a unique event designed to engage church musicians with fresh new ideas and a variety of approaches to further your work in creating a vital, growing music ministry. Take part in this annual event to revitalize the Church's passion - and your own - for music in worship!

ALCM member Chad Fothergill - organ faculty member at LSM 2018

ALCM Partners with Lutheran Summer Music

Lutheran Summer Music (LSM) is proud to partner with ALCM to launch a new program which will promote the continued growth of young musicians and their passion for church music and encourage practical application of the skills learned at LSM. Under the mentorship of an ALCM member, high school musicians are invited to participate in the Lutheran Musicians Mentorship Program.
Students who attend LSM 2019 (June 23-July 21, Valparaiso University) will be eligible to take advantage of this program. Upon their return home from LSM, the student and their mentor will co-design a program that speaks to the unique skills of the student and draws upon the expertise of the ALCM member, as they work together to meet the musical needs of the congregation.
Learn more about this exciting new program HERE.
Do you know a young musician who would thrive in this program?  Nominate a Student for LSM 2019! has designed a Copyright Check-Up Video to view and share with your teams. Less than five minutes long, it can help ensure that your congregation is copyright compliant from today onward.

Take five minutes now and learn about four simple steps that you can accomplish today!

For more information or to register, go to