Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
September 1, 2019 e-newsletter

Greetings from your 2021 biennial conference planning committee! As you may have heard, our next conference will be held in Philadelphia, July 4-8, 2021. We are thrilled to have found a centrally located hotel with a fantastic room rate and are especially excited to welcome you to one of our nation's founding cities for the Independence Day holiday. The committee has met twice now, once during this year's conference in Portland, and again in Philadelphia just this past week, where we explored many potential venues and began formulating ideas for our program and schedule. We will continue to meet electronically on a regular basis over the next 22 months. We stand on the shoulders of all who have planned wonderful conferences for ALCM since the beginning, and we hope to expand in some new directions as well. We particularly take to heart the wide array of constructive comments from your evaluations of our most recent conference, and we hope especially to live into ALCM's diversity statement, adopted by the ALCM board of directors in March, 2018: ALCM nurtures and equips musicians to serve and lead the church's song. ALCM is committed to raising up and supporting the rich diversity of voices within the Lutheran church both in our leadership, and through our conferences and publications.
I am personally interested in hearing from a rich diversity of voices now, as we are still early in our planning process. Please write to me with any ideas you may have: While I can't promise a unique workshop on EVERY idea we receive, know that all your comments will be on the table and seriously evaluated.
Blessings on your ministry as you begin your fall programming, and I look forward to seeing you in Philly in 2021!
Tim Getz
2021 Conference Chair

Updated Constitution (Bylaws)

Proposed changes to the ALCM Constitution (Bylaws) were introduced at the 2019 biennial business meeting held at the Portland conference in June. The board proposed three main changes:

1. Clarify the action to be taken in election of officers in the case of a tie.
2. Since the board now meets annually in a face-to-face meeting, remove the requirement to meet at the biennial meeting. The board can still choose to meet at that time, but it is not required.
3. Reduce the number of regional officers from three to two: president and vice-president. The position of regional director-at-large, which is basically a position without a clear function, will be eliminated. Current regional directors-at-large will serve out their terms.

The changes to the constitution were passed by a majority vote at the biennial business meeting of the Association.

2019 Events

Trinity Lutheran Church - Worcester, MA
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Contact: Mark Mummert
Register for the Worcester, MA event
Online registration closes at noon on Friday, September 6

First Lutheran Church - Lorain, OH
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Contact: Brian Wentzel

St. Luke's Lutheran - Waukesha, WI
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Contact: Michael Schaner
Faith Lutheran Church - Chico, CA
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Contact: Kevin Anderson

Christ Lutheran Church - Valparaiso, IN
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Contact: Cheryl Dieter

Lenoir-Rhyne University - Hickory, NC
Friday Evening, November 1, 2019: All Saints Program
Saturday, November 1, 2019: HHV Event
Contact: Ryan Luhrs

Interested in hosting a local workshop in 2019 or 2020? Contact Sally Messner at

Have you visited the members area of the website lately? 

In addition to the publishers' digital reading sessions, items recently added to the members area include:
  • CrossAccent summer 2019 issue online
  • Additional solo hymn accompaniments by Paul Otte (A-
  • Four-movement organ setting of Wer nur den Lieben Gott by Mark Schultz
  • Three new anthems by Laurel Sanders

September 12, 2019

2:00 pm Eastern time

For Glory and For Beauty:
Poetry in the Service of God

Presented by
Susan Palo Cherwien

Words are not benign. Words are not neutral. How does poetry affect the human brain? The human spirit? How do the words we sing together shape us into a body for praise and for life in Christ? Into what are we being shaped by the poetry that we sing and pray together?

ALCM members, be sure to log in to the members area and follow the link on the members area page to receive the discounted price of $25.
ALCM Launches New Partnership Program

ALCM is seeking to establish long-term partnerships with Lutheran congregations, college/universities, and other institutions that support ALCM's mission: to nurture and equip musicians to serve and lead the church's song. This partnership program aims to bring ALCM closer to other organizations by enabling collaborative opportunities in programming. These events can be developed jointly between ALCM and the hosting entity (public events such as hymn festivals, special worship services, Hearts * Hands* Voices workshops, dedicated concerts, among other possibilities). Monies received from these partnership events will be directed toward expanding ALCM's outreach activities, recruitment, and educational efforts at the local and national levels.
Participating institutions will become ALCM hosting sites and be recognized as partners in mission. Similarly, participating church musicians, educators, and leaders who join us in this promising venture become ambassadors for the organization. The goal of this project is for ALCM to develop new and stronger connections with other institutions, as well as to help the Association become better known within the Lutheran community. If you have a passion for ALCM and its future and would like more information about how you can participate in this program, please send an email to
Sabbaticals Awarded

During the biennial conference in Portland, three lucky people had their names drawn, and each is receiving $1,500 for the funding of a week-long educational or spiritual sabbatical. Congratulations to sabbatical winners Laura Ash, Gary Butler, and Nancy Jordan. Funding for these three sabbaticals was provided by LutheranArts through the generous financial support of Pr. Mark and Kathy Helge. ALCM is grateful to both LutheranArts and the Helges for this wonderful gift!
Raabe Hymn Text Competition Deadline is September 15

The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians invites new hymn texts for the tunes BETHOLD (ELW 317), SEWARD (LSB 415), and ST. CLEMENT (ELW 563, 569; LSB 886, 891; CW 594).

BETHOLD and SEWARD are currently paired exclusively with the Transfiguration text "Jesus on the Mountain Peak." Because these hymns are sung only once a year on Transfiguration, introducing additional texts of a more general nature can assist congregations in learning the tunes. 

The tune ST. CLEMENT is much more widely known, but because the texts most frequently associated with the tune are "evening" texts, the hymn has little opportunity to be sung by most congregations. 

Submissions for BETHOLD/SEWARD and ST. CLEMENT will be accepted until September 15, 2019  (extended from August 15). Entries will be reviewed by a selection committee and evaluated both theologically and poetically. One hymn text may be selected. The writer of the winning text will receive a $500 honorarium.

Fall 2019 Publishers Digital Reading Sessions
New Publishers Added!

To aid in your fall/winter planning, we invite you to view and listen to new music from the following publishers: 

ALCM members, you can also log in to the members area of the website and follow the link under "What's New for Members" to access the publishers' offerings. New publisher links are being added as they are received, so visit the page often.

Paul Manz & Jaroslav Vajda 
Centenary Commemorations

Throughout 2019, several ALCM members have participated in hymn festivals and other events held to mark the 100th anniversary of the births of Paul Manz and Jaroslav Vajda. If you participated in a Manz- or Vajda-themed program as a planner, leader, or attendee, feel free to share details of the event---the program, reflections, or photographs---with for an anniversary feature in the fall-winter 2019 issue.

Are you a "retired" church musician or pastor? 
Let us know!

As we receive membership renewals, we see an increasing number of members joining the "65+" population. While that date signifies retirement for some members, others keep working within the church music field beyond that date; some retire sooner. If you are a musician or pastor who has officially retired, please let us know. We would like to start tracking that info, so that we can better address the needs of our retirees. Simply send an email to letting us know of your retired status. Thanks!
Last Chance for Free Shipping with Your Next Order
from J.W. Pepper!

J.W. Pepper is offering ALCM members and friends free shipping on orders placed through 9/28/19. To take advantage of this offer, send an email request to You will receive a promotion code, PIN number, and instructions by reply email.

Lutheran Summer Music Videos Now Online!

You can now view high definition videos of LSM 2019 Festival Week concerts and worship events! Click HERE to access these recordings and witness the transformative power of LSM.  You can welcome more people into the LSM community by sharing these recordings with your congregation, or by nominating a student for LSM 2020!