Early registration rate extended to May 2

The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, in partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Lutheran Summer Music, invites you to a four-day skill-strengthening gathering for church musicians at Valparaiso University from Monday, July 23 to Thursday, July 26, 2018.

This gathering aims to provide a rich variety of access points to effective music ministry with emphases on practical skills and the convergent, multi-disciplinary concerns of the life of the church musician. To that end, we will have exciting guest speakers (faculty) who will share their points of view and experiences in short, concentrated plenary talks throughout the event. These talks will surround four blocks of group learning sessions in which presenters will address the everyday concerns of ministry, and unpack their perspectives with hands-on activities, teaching, and conversation.

Learning sessions will cover specific topics in these areas:
  • conducting
  • choral leadership
  • keyboard leadership
  • handbells/handchimes
  • worship band leadership
  • musical styles from around the world
  • composition/arranging for worship
  • assembly song
  • integrating instruments in worship
  • worship planning
  • understanding and using core worship resources, and much, more

As a second part of the registration process, participants will be asked to self-evaluate their skill sets and identify potential areas for growth. This event will then be designed around your needs for growing as a leader of the church’s song.

Registration Costs
includes Monday Dinner, Tuesday Lunch, Wednesday Lunch and Dinner
$255     Early (extended to May 2)
$295     Regular
$175     2nd person same address (home or church)
$95       Student
$150     Tuesday only (includes lunch)
$150     Wednesday only (includes lunch and dinner)

Lutheran Summer Music
Our gathering will take place in residence at Valparaiso University during the final week of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival. This will allow for opportunities to learn, worship, and make music together with young musicians grades 8-12. You are welcome to stay after the ALCM event and participate in the various events the Lutheran Summer Music offers throughout the weekend. Beginning on Thursday, and finishing on Sunday they will offer a band, choir, and orchestra concert coupled with many student recitals, a musical theatre performance, and a jazz band concert, ending with a festival Eucharist on Sunday, July 29th. Do you know a student who should attend? Refer them today and they will receive $100 off of their LSM tuition! Contact LSM Admissions with any questions at admissions@lutheransummermusic.org.

Valparaiso University Campus
Most of our event sessions and meals will take place in the Harre Union Conference Center (#31 on the campus map) and the Chapel of the Resurrection next door. Some sessions will take place elsewhere on campus or in nearby churches. Transportation to off-site venues will be arranged for those who will not drive to campus.


Faculty bios

Group learning topics


Transportation to Valparaiso

On-Campus Housing/Hotel Options

Exhibitor Information & Registration

Register for the Valpo Event
Beginning in April, there will be a second required step for registration to self-evaluate your skill sets and identify potential areas for growth. This information will help place registrants and guide presenters in the various group learning sessions. You will receive an email when this portion of the registration process opens.