Association of Lutheran Church Musicians

October 1, 2021 e-newsletter
Dear friends,

Scripture is filled with examples of new beginnings. We see the new beginning of God's creation in Genesis, and the new beginning of God’s promise to Noah in the symbol of a rainbow. The Israelites experienced the new beginning of deliverance from Egypt, and (after many twists and turns) their eventual entry into the Promised Land. In the Gospels, we see the new beginning announced by John the Baptist and found in Christ’s birth, ministry, death, and resurrection. 

In the past month or two, many of us have returned to our routines of in-person church services, ensemble rehearsals, and teaching. No matter how much we might wish to return to the time pre-COVID, however, we acknowledge the reality of this new normal and recognize our role in shaping new routines and norms in response. Despite the uncertainty that we experience, we have confidence that God is faithful to us and that his Spirit is working through us and our vocations according to his will.

Blessings and peace,

Tom Mueller
ALCM Region 4 President
Thank you, Paul and Lara!
Many, many thanks to Paul Grime and Lara West for their service as CrossAccent book review editor (Paul) and music review editor (Lara). After many years of service, both Paul and Lara have decided to step down from these roles.
We also are pleased to welcome Clayton Faulkner and Melanie Sigafoose , who have stepped in to replace Paul and Lara. As reviews editor (, Clayton's area of responsibility will be books, recordings, CD/DVDs, and web resources. Melanie ( will deal with new music for the church: organ, piano, keyboard, choral, handbells, and hymnody. We wish all four of these ALCM members blessings in their new ventures.
2022 ALCM Germany Tour
One Space Available!

We have had a cancellation for the ALCM Germany Tour, so we are now able to offer that space on a first come, first served basis. The tour is hosted by David Cherwien, Michael Krentz, and Jim Rindelaub. Highlights include the Passion Play in Oberammergau (held every ten years, postponed to 2022), Luther's Wittenberg, Bach's Leipzig, Mozart's Salzburg, Schütz's Dresden, as well as Berlin, Halle, and more. The dates are July 1-15, 2022. The cost per person, double occupancy, is $3,315. The single room supplement fee is $600. 

The initial deposit registration fee is $350 and must be made online. NOTE: It is this online deposit that secures your reservation. Remember: registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis until the tour is filled, so make your deposit now!

The official webpage is You can also view a brochure with all trip details. Register today to insure your space on the tour!
ALCM 2021 Webinar Series
Webinars in 2021 are offered in four separate series. Each series may be purchased individually (one series is actually free) or you may purchase a full-year webinar package (at a reduced rate!) that includes automatic registration for all sixteen webinars throughout the year.

You may register at any time through 2021 and receive recordings of the live webinars which are completed. In 2022 these webinars will revert to the regular price of $25 members/$39 nonmembers per webinar.

All webinars are on Fridays at 2:00 pm Eastern and last for approximately one hour.

Check out the October webinar below!
ALCM Friday October Webinar
Teaching about Music, Liturgy, and the Church Musician’s Role through
Creative Means
Friday, October 15 - 2:00 pm Eastern

In this webinar, Adam Lefever Hughes helps attendees explore the possibilities of teaching about music, liturgy, and the role of the church musician through creative writing, videos, and bulletin preparation. Offering such continuing education opportunities for adults provides forums to deepen our experience of worship, the music we sing, and to further the role of the church musician as a caretaker of the people’s song. In addition to receiving a number of real-life examples from Adam’s own work, attendees will be encouraged to determine what kinds of teaching may be appropriate for their context.
Adam Lefever Hughes
Director of Music
St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran, Lancaster, PA

NOTE: If you have already registered for the Fall Webinar Series 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.
Got an earwig but can't identify the tune?
Find it on has a melody search function that can help you identify snippets of hymn tunes that may be floating around your head. Their melody search function allows you to search for a particular hymn tune by inputting just a few notes. (It's also fun to use.) While you're there, spend some time identifying the other resources available on this amazing free site.
Save the Date(s)
Coming Soon!
Speaking of saving dates, watch for an email this coming Tuesday (October 5) announcing an ALCM conference in 2022. That's all we're going to say about that for now . . . except that you won't want to miss it!
Two ways you can support ALCM financially . . .
. . . at no actual cost to you!
Do you shop at If you are not already participating, join the Amazon Smile program with ALCM as the recipient, which guarantees that a certain percentage of your purchase is donated to ALCM. After an initial set-up in which you select the recipient organization, every time you shop on Amazon, instead of going to you'll go to You get all of the same products, prices, and service as the Amazon site, but a portion of your purchase dollars will go directly to ALCM. You shop. Amazon donates.
Are you a member of Thrivent? If so, you may be eligible to direct Thrivent Choice dollars to ALCM. If you haven’t yet participated in Thrivent Choice but would like to do so or learn more about it, visit the Thrivent Choice page. You can also contact your Thrivent financial professional. If you previously made a donation or directed Choice Dollars to ALCM, thank you for your support!
On the ALCM Website: Resources for Members
Spanish Resources
A new page titled "Spanish Resources" has been added to the members area of the ALCM website. Included on that page are a few items from the upcoming issue of In tempo (2021, #3), which will be mailed within the next week. Also included are links to published worship/music resources. This is a section that will benefit greatly from input by those serving Spanish-speaking and bilingual congregations. If you know of a resource that should be added, or if you have produced some materials that you'd like to share, please send them to All original materials must be free for use by ALCM members.
Call for Essays:
CrossAccent, Spring 2022

Essays on the topic of “The Abiding and Enduring Word” are welcomed for the spring 2022 issue of CrossAccent, the first issue of the journal’s thirtieth-anniversary year. Click here to read about this issue’s theme. Manuscripts are due on January 1, 2022.
Dobson Pipe Organ Update
ALCM member John Panning, president of Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, recently sent out a newsletter update of what is happening since fire destroyed their shop in Jun. You can read it here.
LSM 2022 Applications Now Open!

LSM truly gave me a great appreciation for the music and liturgy of the Lutheran Church. It is at LSM that I discovered I had a God given gift. Soli Deo Gloria!”
-Quote from LSM Alumni Survey

If you ever wonder how to preserve and renew the important musical traditions of the Lutheran Church for generations to come, LSM is the answer!

The best thing you can do today for the church music of tomorrow is Nominate a Student for LSM 2022. Countless LSM students go on to careers, vocations, and lay leadership in church music after an immersive musical and liturgical experience at LSM, empowering them to lead and create with their own unique gifts.

If you have a young musician in your community who would thrive at LSM, don’t wait. Students who Apply Online by November 1st will benefit from NO application fee!
LSM Sunday 2021

Join congregations nationwide in celebrating LSM Sunday 2021 this November 21stLSM Sunday is an opportunity for you to share LSM with your congregation through any combination of curated musical selections, personal testimony, litany prayers, or simply making LSM materials available to your parishioners. Click HERE for a complete list of opportunities to choose from and Add your Church to the growing list of participants (you can add your church even if you hold your LSM Sunday on a different date)!
Kyries & Glorias

Kyries (prayer concerns) and Glorias (thanksgivings) are posted in the members area and on the following page on the ALCM website. The following recent Kyries and Glorias have been submitted by ALCM members.
John Panning, Lynn Dobson, and
employees of Dobson Pipe Organ Builders
Susan Cherwien

In memoriam:
Marva Dawn
Douglas Koons
Fritz Noack

Deanna Witkowski
Pauline Kiltinen
Brad Ellingboe

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: