ALCM Summer Friday Webinar Series

2:00 pm Eastern (1:00 pm Central)


Special Summer-of-the-Pandemic Registration


ALCM Member Rate $40 – all webinars included

Non-ALCM Member Rate $80 – all webinars included

Individual archived summer webinars to be available starting in September at the regular webinar rate.



June 12

Why the traditional liturgy works so well during these crazy times

The treasure of the liturgy, gifted to us over the centuries, is particularly helpful and necessary during this time of pandemic and disorder. Join me for a discussion on why the church’s liturgy is so helpful.  Its inherent biblical nature, its rhythm and reliability, its familiarity and structure can bring solace and comfort in the midst of so much chaos and heartbreak. While the normal rhythms of our lives have been broken, we can still find ourselves once again if we attach ourselves to the deep patterns and profound depth of the liturgical tradition. As church professionals, we need to do everything we can to embrace our liturgical roots and remind our people of its promise and hope.  The good thing is – most of them already know it!

John Morris
Senior Pastor
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Dublin, OH




June 19

New resources in a new era of ministry

Explore a variety of resources that are available to those who continue to faithfully plan and lead worship services and music ministry amidst a world pandemic. Resources will represent a variety of publishers.

Jeremy Bankson
Director of Music
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Dublin, OH




June 26

Joyful noise: percussion in worship

How to incorporate percussion instruments in worship from hymns to assembly songs. Included will be tips for when and how to use instruments such as timpani, drum set, hand drums, and more. We will also cover basic technique so that everyone in attendance can learn how to play percussion!

Christopher Wilson
Director of percussion,
McKendree University and
Lutheran Summer Music Academy
Lecturer in percussion,
Southeast Missouri State University




July 17

Leading with body, mind, spirit, voice: the preparation of a conductor

A holistic approach to choral leadership of all ages in music ministry incorporating musical, pedagogical, physical and spiritual preparation.

Pearl Shangkuan
Professor of Music and
Director of Choral Activities,
Calvin University
Chorusmaster (Covenant Chair),
Grand Rapids Symphony
Editor, Mosaic: the Pearl Shangkuan choral series, earthsongs
Editor, The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship choral series, GIA




July 24

Global worship as the church moves south

Explore some of the ways in which church music is changing in relation to the “North-South inversion” of the global church. Ministry models, media networks, issues of style and performance; all of these aspects of church music are changing as the cultures in which the church itself is embedded find local ways to express their faith. 

Marcell Silva Steuernagel
Assistant Professor of Church Music
Director of the Master of Sacred Music degree program
SMU/Perkins School of Theology



July 31

Successful handbell choir with small numbers, inexperienced ringers, and limited rehearsal time

What if your church handbell choir is comprised of a small group of ringers, most of whom are inexperienced, all of whom have occasional conflicts with weekly rehearsals and monthly church appearances, and the whole group can only rehearse about 30 minutes per week? One of the great things about handbell choir is that a small and inexperienced group can sound great, as long as the repertoire and parts assignments match the ensemble. 


Jeffrey Scott Doebler
Professor of Music 
Director of Music Education and Bands
Valparaiso University




August 14

Choir after COVID: strategies to come back strong

Who would have thought choirs around the world would be on hiatus as we are? No doubt there has been great disappointment and longing to be back singing. By the grace of God we will be back, and it will be a great day of celebration to lead our congregations again in song. We will focus on practical strategies choir directors can use to reinvigorate their choirs after this time of unplanned hiatus, addressing:
1. ways to strengthen and care for voices that have likely not sung as frequently for a time, 
2. ways to propel learning through thoughtful planning
3. ways to encourage choir members through focus on joyful and ministry-focused music-making.

Tim Fredstrom
Professor of Choral Music Education
Illinois State University





August 21

Ten ways to improve the flow of contemporary worship

Explore different techniques for creating an engaging atmosphere for worship. Geared toward band-led worship, there will be application for all approaches and styles. Some of the ideas presented will come from a book published this year called, Flow: The Ancient Way to Do Contemporary Worship (Abingdon Press, 2020), edited by Lester Ruth.

Clayton Faulkner
Pastoral Intern and
Director of Worship, Music, and Technology 
Faith Lutheran Church
Bellaire, TX