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.
 

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.

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.

 

 

Looking for Advent & Christmas music for strings? Check out this article included in the issue of In Tempo you recently received. In Tempo is sent three times per year to all ALCM members. Not a member of ALCM? Join now!

Hearts • Hands • Voices events are back! These local half- and full-day workshops are being scheduled for 2023. Watch the HHV event page for details and updates.

ALCM Community

Weekly Compline:  Participate with ALCM members in the contemplative sung service of Night Prayer posted each Monday evening at 8:30 Eastern on ALCM’s Facebook page. Worship time just for you, led by President Nancy Raabe.

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.

Worship Streams & Recordings

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

 

Donate to ALCM

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

 

What’s new on the website?

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!  Purchase July conference recordings & handouts

New!  Register for 2022 webinar series

New!  November 2022 e-newsletter

What’s new for members?

Members must log in to access the following:

Spanish resources

Newest In Tempo and CrossAccent issues

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

Member Quicklinks

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Upcoming Events

Dec
2
Fri
2022
7:30 pm Procession of Advent Lessons & C... @ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Procession of Advent Lessons & C... @ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Dec 2 @ 7:30 pm
Musicians from Holy Trinity and the Akron community present “Savior of the Nations, Come” – an Advent/Christmas hymn festival arranged by Michael Burkhardt, with readings from the pen of Dietrich Bonhoefer. This in-person and online[...]
Feb
4
Sat
2023
8:30 am Paradise Valley, AZ @ Ascension Lutheran Church
Paradise Valley, AZ @ Ascension Lutheran Church
Feb 4 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Register online Apply for scholarship Culture Matters: Seeing Worship Through Another’s Eyes Head to sunny Paradise Valley, Arizona this February for a workshop exploring music from a variety of cultures. Using current worship resources, we[...]
Feb
18
Sat
2023
all-day Santa Monica, CA @ St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Santa Monica, CA @ St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Feb 18 all-day
Register online Apply for Scholarship
Feb
25
Sat
2023
all-day Lexington, SC @ Pisgah Lutheran Church
Lexington, SC @ Pisgah Lutheran Church
Feb 25 all-day
Registration for this event is not yet open.
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 Registration for this event is not yet open.
May
20
Sat
2023
all-day Bellingham, WA @ Trinity Lutheran Church
Bellingham, WA @ Trinity Lutheran Church
May 20 all-day
Registration for this event is not yet open.
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.
all-day Livonia, MI @ Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Livonia, MI @ Holy Cross Lutheran Church
May 20 all-day
Registration for this event is not yet open.

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