ALCM nurtures and equips musicians 

to serve and lead the church’s song. 

The church’s song takes many forms

and is expressed in many ways.

ALCM offers practical education programs

and diverse resources

through conferences, 

publications,

and fellowship

to serve musicians of all types

from paid professionals 

to volunteers.

By connecting servant leaders to one another

and by cultivating their musical gifts,

ALCM supports worshipping communities

in the proclamation of the gospel.

The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians

Music is a vital expression of Lutheran worship. The church’s song takes many forms and is expressed in many ways. By sharing the knowledge, experience and passion that honor our heritage and inspire our future, ALCM nurtures and equips those who lead music in worship. ALCM offers practical education programs and diverse resources through conferences, publications and fellowship to serve musicians of all types – from paid professionals to volunteers. By connecting servant leaders to one another and by cultivating their musical gifts, ALCM supports worshipping communities in the proclamation of the gospel.

 

Registration is now open!

Join us on the campus of Valparaiso University and the beautiful Chapel of the Resurrection as we Ponder Anew how to communicate God’s saving grace to all peoples in meaningful, relevant ways. The emphasis of this conference is on practical skill-building. Learn more at alcm.org/2024-valparaiso.

ALCM Community

Fourth Fridays:  “Talk shop” and socialize with other ALCM members live on the fourth Friday of every month at 6PM ET on Zoom.

Membership in ALCM

Learn about the many benefits of membership in ALCM and/or apply to become a member.

Advertise

Explore the advertising opportunities available in ALCM print & electronic publications.

Marketplace

Issues of ALCM publications, recordings of hymn festivals, and other ALCM branded products are available in the Marketplace.

Donate to ALCM

Your donation to ALCM will help advance our mission to equip musicians for service in the church.

 

Publications

Members receive the journal CrossAccent as well as the more practical In Tempo, both published three times per year. In addition, a monthly e-newsletter keeps members and others up to date on news and events.

Purchase Recordings from the 2024 Winter Webinar Series!

Recordings from the 2024 Winter webinar series are still available for purchase at a reduced rate. The cost for the whole series of three webinars is $25 for members, $39 for non-members. Learn more at alcm.org/2024-winter-webinar-series.

“What Wondrous Love”

Did you miss the 2023 biennial conference in Philadelphia? You can still purchase a virtual registration, which will give you access to all recorded events: workshops, plenaries, reading sessions, worship services, and concerts. Click to purchase all conference recordings.

Virtual Hymns

These three ALCM virtual hymns are available for use with no additional permission.
Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
O Day, Full of Grace
Angels We Have Heard on High

A new set of resources developed to assist congregations in the process of searching for and hiring a musician.

What’s new for members?

Members must log in to access the following:

New instrumental hymn arrangements

100 top CCLI songs with commentary

Newest In Tempo and CrossAccent issues

Member Quicklinks

Renew my membership

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Upcoming Events

Apr
13
Sat
2024
9:30 am Westborough, MA @ Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Westborough, MA @ Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Apr 13 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Register online Apply for scholarship For Such a Time as This We lead music in a time of a changing church. Come explore the challenges and opportunities some of these changes present. What skills are[...]
Apr
14
Sun
2024
4:00 pm Barrington, IL – Organ Dedicatio... @ St. Matthew Lutheran Church
Barrington, IL – Organ Dedicatio... @ St. Matthew Lutheran Church
Apr 14 @ 4:00 pm
Barrington, IL - Organ Dedication Concert and Hymn Sing @ St. Matthew Lutheran Church
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 720 Dundee Ave, Barrington, IL 60010, invites you to join them on Sunday April 14, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. for a glorious concert of organ music, hymn singing, and choir music.[...]
Apr
20
Sat
2024
all-day Denver, CO @ Augustana Lutheran Church
Denver, CO @ Augustana Lutheran Church
Apr 20 all-day
Register online Apply for scholarship ​Join us for this Denver ALCM workshop to gain ideas and expertise for your church music leadership while networking with area musicians. The day begins with a music swap of[...]
Apr
27
Sat
2024
10:00 am Minneapolis, MN @ Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
Minneapolis, MN @ Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Register online Sing Joyfully – Twin Cities Children’s Choir Festival 2024 An ecumenical children’s choir festival on April 27, featuring rehearsals, education for musicians, and a hymn festival. This Twin Cities Children’s Choir Festival is[...]
Apr
28
Sun
2024
3:00 pm Handbell-stravaganza @ Joy Lutheran Church
Handbell-stravaganza @ Joy Lutheran Church
Apr 28 @ 3:00 pm
JOY’s very own handbell choir presents their long-awaited debut concert this season. In addition to the handbell choir proper, there may be a few other musical treats, so don’t miss this one!
May
4
Sat
2024
9:00 am Hackettstown, NJ @ Gethsemane Lutheran Church
Hackettstown, NJ @ Gethsemane Lutheran Church
May 4 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Register online Apply for scholarship Supporting Smaller Choirs While we can all agree that the church choir is an important component of Lutheran worship, many of us who plan for music and direct choirs have[...]
9:30 am Jacksonville, FL @ St. Mark's Lutheran
Jacksonville, FL @ St. Mark's Lutheran
May 4 @ 9:30 am – 3:15 pm
Register online Apply for scholarship Getting Ahead of the Sundays and Seasons: Choosing Music for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Is there a better time than now for planning Year C Worship services? Come to this[...]

ALCM members are . . .

  • Organists, pianists, choir directors, instrumentalists, praise band and instrumental ensemble leaders, and handbell directors
  • Lutherans and non-Lutherans working in Lutheran and non-Lutheran congregations
  • Full-time, part-time, volunteer, retired church musicians, and others who share an interest in music in the Lutheran tradition
  • Musicians, pastors, teachers, choir members, worship and music committee members, and other interested lay people
  • Musicians with a high level of training, musicians with a modest amount of training, and musicians who are primarily self-trained