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Ash Wednesday 2015

“...O Lord, throughout these forty days ..."

As the Time of Lent begins, life is full for church musicians---weekend liturgies, midweek services, visiting choirs, Holy Week preparations, Easter planning, all in addition to our own time of baptismal renewal in the Christ we all proclaim through our art and service. Our vocation has a deep spiritual richness.  We are truly blessed!

Much has happened recently at the Center for Church Music...    

There's plenty to regularly check out as our website grows---

  • “Devotions on the Hymn of the Week”  This popular series continues with fine reflections from a wide variety of people. Very useful for personal use, staff devotions, choir openings, etc.
  • “Profiles in American Lutheran Church MusicNew interviews have been posted including Carl Schalk's conversation with Philip Pfatteicher about the legacy of Luther Reed (who played a pivotal role in liturgical renewal in American Lutheranism) and Kevin Hildebrand's interview with Rev. Richard Resch (long-time kantor at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne IN) More video interviews are being planned.
  • "Discoveries" - Tom Leeseberg-Lange describes a number of choral gems for the season which may not be known to you.
  • We will soon be posting online the annotated index to the Schalk American Lutheran Hymnal collection. (See more news about the collection below.)

If you have any comments or suggestions about the website, feel free to send them to Barry.Bobb@CUChicago.edu.

Other recent progress:

If you have already visited the “About the Center” feature, you know that this website is but one of an array of activities seeking to fulfill the Center’s purpose and vision.

Print Publications

The Center is preparing to publish Singing the Church's Song: Essays and Occasional Writings by Carl Schalk.  We expect a release date in summer 2015.

Luther Reed: The Legacy of a Gentleman and a Churchman by Philip Pfatteicher (a new monograph in the “Shaping American Lutheran Church Music” series) will be published soon. All of our monographs are available for sale through the Lutheran University Press website and Amazon.


  • The archiving of the original manuscripts of Ralph Schultz, Jaroslav Vajda, and Walter Pelz is well under way.
  • Other manuscripts are on their way to the Center.

Digital Initiative 

The Center is working on a partnership with hymnary.org at Calvin College to digitize the Schalk American Lutheran hymnal collection. Phase I is now finished, comprising twenty-three first editions included in the collection. The North American Dictionary of Hymnody is an amazing, searchable resource for church musicians, worship planners, and all those who love the Church's treasury of hymns. These are the hymnals that were a part of Phase I with their hymnary.org codes. Check them out!

Deutsches Gesangbuch (New Pennsylvania Ministerium)  DGEL1849

A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy (New York Ministerium) CHAL1814

Das Gemeinschaftliche Gesangbuch (Lutheran-Reformed) DGGG1817

Church Hymn Book (Tennessee Synod) CHBC1816

Hymns, Selected and Original (General Synod) HSAO1828

Book of Worship (General Synod) BW1870

Book of Worship with Hymns (General Synod) BWHT1899

Book of Worship (United Synod of Ev. Lutheran Church in the South) BW1867

A Collection of Hymns, Prayers for Public and Private Worship (Ohio Synod) CHAP1845

Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal (Ohio Synod) ELH1880

Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal with Music (Ohio Synod) ELHW1908

Gesangbuch fur Gemeinden des Ev. Luth. Bekenntnisses (Ohio Synod)GGEL1870

Kirchen-Gesangbuch (LCMS) KGEL1862

The Lutheran Hymnal (LCMS) LH1941

Church Book (General Council) CBWM1872

Kirchenbuch (General Council) KELG1877

Hymn Book for the Use of Evangelical Luth. Schools & Congregations (Norwegian) HBUE1884

The Lutheran Hymnary (Norwegian) LHPN1913

The Wartburg Hymnal (Norwegian) WHCS1918

Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church (ULCA) LHTC1918

Hymnal with Order of Service (Augustana Synod) HOoS1901

Lutheran Service Book (LCMS) LSB2006  [public domain material only]

Your Support Is Needed          

If you would like to support the work of the Center financially or with your time and expertise, please contact me.  There is plenty of work to be done!

"Be with us through this season, Lord..."

Peace and joy,

Barry L. Bobb

Center for Church Music

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