The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians is pleased to announce that Jacob B. Weber has been named winner of the 2021 Raabe Prize for Excellence in Composition for his choral submission Festival Gloria, scored for SATB choir, organ, and brass quartet. Congratulations also to the following, who received honorable mention: Nicholas Palmer for his piece, Jesus, Remember Me (SATB a cap.), and Carl Schalk (d. 2020) for his composition When Memory Fades (SATB, organ).
The Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Composition is awarded every two years for a single musical work, published or unpublished and written within the last five years, that reflects a larger history of excellence on the part of the composer. Dr. William and Pr. Nancy Raabe of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, endowed this prize to recognize and encourage significant accomplishments in composition contributing to the body of sacred music for the church in the Lutheran heritage. In 2016 the Raabes funded an expansion of the Raabe Prize to support additional projects.
While any sacred piece may be submitted, preference is given to those compositions which grow out of, but are not necessarily restricted to, the worshipping assembly of the baptized who gather around Word and Sacrament. Works that include the voice or voices are preferred over those for instruments alone. The composer need not be Lutheran nor a member of ALCM. The $2,000 monetary award is shared equally by the winner and a musical or ecclesiastical organization chosen by the composer. Submission guidelines for the 2023 prize will be available early in 2022.