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.

The deadline for submissions for the 2023 Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Composition is October 1, 2022.

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.

Worship Streams & Recordings

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

 

What’s new for members?

Members must log in to access the following:

Spanish resources

Newest In Tempo and CrossAccent issues

New!  Paul Otte hymn harmonizations for:
Christe sanctorum; Dundee; O dass ich tausend (König); In the Sweet By and By

Upcoming Local and National Events

Oct
9
Sun
2022
4:00 pm Greendale, WI – Organ Recital @ St. Stephen the Martyr Lutheran Church
Greendale, WI – Organ Recital @ St. Stephen the Martyr Lutheran Church
Oct 9 @ 4:00 pm
Organ Dedication Recital Andrew Schaeffer will present a dedication recital on the newly installed Casavant organ at St. Stephen the Martyr Lutheran Church.
Oct
15
Sat
2022
8:30 am Marquette, MI @ Messiah Lutheran
Marquette, MI @ Messiah Lutheran
Oct 15 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Topics for the Day Looking at new anthems for 1, 2, 3, and 4 part choirsPastoral care for choirs and directorsLeading congregational song from the keyboardWhat’s new in hymns and songs Register Registration and additional[...]
Feb
4
Sat
2023
8:30 am 2023 Feb 4 – Paradise Valley, AZ... @ Ascension Lutheran Church
2023 Feb 4 – Paradise Valley, AZ... @ Ascension Lutheran Church
Feb 4 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Registration for this event is not yet open. Head to sunny Arizona this February for a workshop exploring the complexities of singing music from a variety of cultures in worship services. Culture Matters: Seeing Worship[...]
Feb
18
Sat
2023
all-day 2023 Feb 18 – Santa Monica, CA HHV @ St. Paul's Lutheran Church
2023 Feb 18 – Santa Monica, CA HHV @ St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Feb 18 all-day
Registration for this event is not yet open.
May
20
Sat
2023
all-day 2023 May 20 – Livonia, MI HHV @ Holy Cross Lutheran Church
2023 May 20 – Livonia, MI HHV @ Holy Cross Lutheran Church
May 20 all-day
Registration for this event is not yet open.
all-day 2023 May 20 Jacksonville, FL HHV @ St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran
2023 May 20 Jacksonville, FL HHV @ St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran
May 20 all-day
Registration for this event is not yet open.
Jul
5
Wed
2023
9:00 pm 2023 Biennial Conference @ DoubleTree Philadelphia City Center
2023 Biennial Conference @ DoubleTree Philadelphia City Center
Jul 5 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 8 @ 12:00 pm
Visit ALCM.org/2023-philadelphia for additional information.

Membership in ALCM

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

 

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.

Donate to ALCM

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

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.

 

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