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Hillert Award

The Center for Church Music, in partnership with the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, wishes to honor the legacy of Concordia University Chicago distinguished professor of music Dr. Richard Hillert. This legacy includes not only his many liturgical pieces and musical works, but also his many gifts for teaching composition.

The Richard Hillert Award in Student Composition is awarded every other year to a current student at a Lutheran university or seminary.

The award includes a cash prize of $500

The prize is presented at the banquet during the ALCM biennial conference.


Inaugural Winner Announced (March 28, 2017)

A panel of judges has announced the 2016-2017 winner of this competition….

Philip Biedenbender from St. Olaf College in Northfield MN

“And You Will Sleep”  (Unaccompanied SATB choral anthem with text by Laurie F. Gauger)

The anthem will be published by earthsongs in the spring of 2017.

The jury also strongly recommended for honorable mention…

 Scott Gercken from Concordia University Chicago

“Psalm and Hymn for the Evening Service”