2022 Webinar Series

ALCM webinars are live one-hour online workshop sessions on a variety of topics. During the webinar, the presenter’s live video and handouts can be viewed on the computer screen. Registrants can communicate if they like by typing into a chat box which is also seen on the screen. Typically, ALCM webinars consist of a 45-minute presentation and 10 minutes of questions. Registrants receive an emailed link and instructions to attend the webinar an hour or more prior to the workshop. After the workshop, registrants receive a link to the recorded webinar as well as any handouts used during the presentation.

Webinars in 2022 will be offered in three separate series: spring, summer, and fall. Each of the three series may be purchased individually for $25 for ALCM members and $50 for non-members or as a full-year webinar package at $60 for members and $120 for non-members. Registration for the full-year package includes automatic registration for all nine webinars throughout the year.

Registration at any time during 2022 will give access to the upcoming webinars in that series as well as recordings of the webinars which are completed. The 2022 the webinars will revert to the regular price of $25 members/$39 non-members per webinar on January 16, 2023.

All webinars are on Fridays at 2:00 pm Eastern.

Spring Webinars

($25 members/$50 nonmembers)

Friday, March 11, 2022 – 2:00 pm Eastern time

Leading Global Hymnody:
Lessons from the World Music Classroom

Dr. Lara L. West

Minister of Music and the Arts, Organist
Trinity Lutheran Church, Mission, KS

Recent years have seen increasing interest in congregational music from around the world, along with the inclusion of this global hymnody in denominational hymnals. Unfortunately, stylistic practices and characteristics often get lost in the process of notating this repertoire for Euro-American songbooks. Drawing on my experience of teaching a college-level World Music class, this webinar will give an overview of general characteristics of selected musics of the world, including Native American, West African, South African, Chinese, and Latin American. We will then consider specific songs that have appeared in recent hymnals, exploring how to retain authentic stylistic practices while simultaneously facilitating participation by congregations of Euro-American background.

Friday, April 1, 2022 – 2:00 pm Eastern time

Concert for the Human Family:
Building Bridges in Uncertain Times

Kory Caudill

Nashville based recording artist, record producer, and co-creator of the
Concert for the Human Family


Baltimore based recording artist, songwriter, and featured artist in the
Concert for the Human Family

Kory Caudill and Wordsmith discuss the process of designing a concert series focused on Becoming Beloved Community and racial reconciliation. Topics will include blending genres during the recording process, collaborating with local diocese to maximize outreach, and helping communities navigate the conversations inspired by the music.

Friday, April 29, 2022 – 2:00 pm Eastern time

TuneUp: A Way to Recruit Singers
by Teaching Them to Match Pitch

Todd Carrico

Former Director of Music Ministry
Faith Lutheran Church, Glen Ellyn, IL

Frustrated that you can’t get more people to sing in your adult choral groups? You have all the resources you need to solve this problem sitting in your congregation every Sunday morning. They are the people who can’t match pitch but would love to sing in your groups. TuneUp may be the answer. TuneUp gets adults to leave their psychological “baggage” at the door and guarantees that people who can’t “carry a tune in a bucket” will leave singing and feeling good about themselves. This session offers ways to recruit people to TuneUp as well as useful techniques to get them to quickly and easily match pitch.

Summer Webinars

($25 members/$50 nonmembers)

Friday, May 20, 2022 – 2:00 pm Eastern time

And May God Give Us Faith to Sing Always

Tom Trenney

Minister of Music, First-Plymouth Church, Lincoln, NE
Director of Choirs, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE

Recommitting to our purpose and vocation in music ministry.

Friday, June 17, 2022 – 2:00 pm Eastern time

Bind Us Together:
Moving Beyond Welcoming

Sunghee Kim

Nowadays, words such as globalization, diversity, and inclusion have become familiar vocabularies that we often hear in our daily lives. While interests in minority groups and refugees have increased in our globalized societies, Christians have also made significant efforts to welcome minorities. This webinar will explore how music can be used to welcome people. The presenter will share minorities’ lived experiences at North American churches, which will give participants new and/or various perspectives on how to welcome people from different cultures. We will then discuss how we can use music and church music ministry to move from welcoming to embracing people from different cultures.

Assistant Professor of Music and the Director of Chapel Music
University Organist and conductor of the University Kantorei
Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN

Friday, August 12, 2022 – 2:00 pm Eastern time

All Things Bright and Beautiful?
Singing a Theology of Creation

Michael Hawn

University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Church Music
Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Adjunct Professor of Church Music and Director of the Doctor of Pastoral Music degree program, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

Is your congregation singing a robust theology of creation, ecological care, and environmental concerns? Hymn writers through the centuries provide a record of the church’s theology of creation. We will start with St. Francis of Assisi and conclude with hymns written in the twenty-first century.

Fall Webinars

($25 members/$50 nonmembers)

Friday, September 9, 2022 – 2:00 pm Eastern time

A Mighty Fortress:
Copyright Reporting as a Commitment to Justice

Dr. Katie M. Deaver

Assistant Manager, ONE LICENSE, Marquette, MI

Worried about worship planning? Concerned about copyright? Join us as we cover some copyright basics to help you feel more confident. We will also explain why reporting your music usage truly is a justice issue, and share insider tips and tricks for more easily searching and reporting through your ONE LICENSE account.

Friday, October 7, 2022 – 2:00 pm Eastern time

Tried and True—with a Twist!

G. Phillip Shoultz, III

Associate Artistic Director, VocalEssence
Cantor for Worship, Music, and the Arts
Westwood Lutheran Church, St. Louis Park, MN

Come join GPS for an exploration of ways that we can expand our musical horizons while remaining faithful to who we are as Lutherans. The session will share musical ideas appropriate for all facets of the liturgy and will be interactive, allowing God to unite our voices into one as we sing from the comfort of our own space.

Friday, November 4, 2022 – 2:00 pm Eastern time

Presenting Bach Cantatas

Rick Erickson

Deacon Rick Erickson, Cantor
Director of the Church Choir and Bach Society Houston
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston, TX

A practical conversation concerning aspects of presenting Bach Cantatas, including choosing works, preparing the singing forces, working with instrumentalists, language issues, liturgical choices, translations, funding, and more. Questions, observations,, concerns welcome!