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 Cantor. To that end, we will have exciting guest speakers who will share their points of view and experiences … in short, concentrated plenary talks. These talks will surround four blocks of two-hour group learning sessions in which presenters will address the everyday concerns of ministry, and unpack their perspectives with hands-on activities, teaching, and conversation. In the registration process, participants will be asked to self-evaluate their skill sets and identify potentials areas for growth.

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.

Housing options will include affordable on-campus air-conditioned residence halls or hotels nearby campus.

The early registration fee is $255 (before April 5) and includes several meals. On-campus housing is estimated to be $215. Full registration and confirmed fees will be posted by February 1.

 

Preliminary schedule

Monday July 23
Gathering begins at 4:00 p.m.
Holy Communion
Dinner (included)
Plenary
Evening Prayer

Tuesday, July 24
Morning Prayer
Plenary Session
Morning Group Learning Session (2 hours)
Lunch (included)
Afternoon Group Learning Sessions (2 hours)
Dinner on your own / Free evening
Compline

Wednesday, July 25
Morning Prayer
Plenary Session
Morning Group Learning Session (2 hours)
Lunch (included)
Afternoon Group Learning Sessions (2 hours)
Free time
BBQ Dinner with LSM (included)
Hymn Festival

Thursday, July 26
Morning Prayer
Final Plenary Sessions
Closing worship
Gathering ends at 12:00 Noon