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.

 

“What Wondrous Love”

Registration is now open for the 2023 biennial conference in Philadelphia. Discover all the conference has to offer at https://alcm.org/2023-philadelphia/

 

“From Generation to Generation”

For the first time in ALCM’s history, the July conference was recorded and live-streamed to virtual registrants. The conference itself may be over, but you can still experience every worship service, workshop, concert, plenary, and group learning session–plus all of the handouts–by purchasing the conference recordings.
 

Worship Streams & Recordings

Here is a list of ALCM member-led worship streams and recordings.

 

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.

 

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.

ALCM is pleased to announce that Tom Trenney is the the winner of the 2023 Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Composition for his anthem “From Generation to Generation.”

Hearts • Hands • Voices events are back! These local half- and full-day workshops are being scheduled for 2023. Registration is now open for: Paradise Valley, AZ (Feb 4) and Lexington, SC (Feb 25). Watch the HHV event page for details and updates. 

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.

Virtual Hymns

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

 

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

Donate to ALCM

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

 

Marketplace

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

 

 

What’s new on the website?

New!  Tom Trenney named 2023 Raabe Prize winner

New!  Register for the 2023 biennial conference in Philadelphia
There are currently no spots available for the Wanamaker tour, but you can add your name to a wait list when you register.

New!  February 2023 e-newsletter

What’s new for members?

Members must log in to access the following:

New!  “Jesus on the Mountain Peak” – anthem/hymn for Transfiguration

Spanish resources

Newest In Tempo and CrossAccent issues

Member Quicklinks

Renew my membership

Edit my contact information

Upcoming Events

Feb
19
Sun
2023
4:00 pm Mardi Gras concert – Bengisu Gok... @ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Mardi Gras concert – Bengisu Gok... @ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Feb 19 @ 4:00 pm
This ensemble features award-winning artists with roots from around the globe: Bengisu Gokce (Turkey) – violin, Nacho Gonzalez Nappa (Uruguay) – guitar, Anastassiya Petrova (Kazakhstan) – piano, and George Lernis (Cyprus) – drums/percussion. The quartet[...]
Feb
25
Sat
2023
8:30 am Lexington, SC @ Pisgah Lutheran Church
Lexington, SC @ Pisgah Lutheran Church
Feb 25 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Church musicians register using the form linked below. Choir member registration is located on the separate form. You may register up to 10 choir members at a time. You may print a physical registration form[...]
Mar
12
Sun
2023
4:00 pm Alice McAllister Tillman, sopran... @ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Alice McAllister Tillman, sopran... @ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Mar 12 @ 4:00 pm
Alice McAllister Tillman is known for her ability to perform a diverse range of literature spanning many genres. Her solo recitals include art songs, operatic arias, spirituals, musical theater and jazz. She is frequently engaged[...]
Apr
22
Sat
2023
all-day Lancaster, PA @ Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
Lancaster, PA @ Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
Apr 22 all-day
Register online Apply for scholarship Hearts • Hands • Voices Current Resources for the Church Musician Come to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lancaster, PA on Saturday, April 22 for a one-day event focused on[...]
May
18
Thu
2023
1:00 pm Paperless Practices for Choirs @ Edina Community Lutheran Church
Paperless Practices for Choirs @ Edina Community Lutheran Church
May 18 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join Dr. Elisabeth Cherland, Director of Choral Activities at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and Paul Vasile as they invite us to explore: Strategies for integrating oral/aural tradition learning in rehearsals; Models of ways paperless singing[...]
May
20
Sat
2023
all-day Jacksonville, FL @ St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran
Jacksonville, FL @ St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran
May 20 all-day
Registration for this event is not yet open.
May
21
Sun
2023
4:00 pm Hymn Festival with Bruce Neswick... @ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Hymn Festival with Bruce Neswick... @ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
May 21 @ 4:00 pm
A celebrated improvisor and composer of organ and choral music, Mr. Neswick performed for numerous church music conferences, including the Association of Anglican Musicians, Westminster Choir College Summer Session, and the Sewanee Church Music Conference,[...]

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