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From the Director

Easter Monday 2015

“...With high delight let us unite ..."

Our one-year anniversary!  It's hard to believe that the Center's website launched a year ago.  How it has blossomed!

This flowering is due to the work of many people---content providers, editors, technical assistants. Permit me to mention a few:

* Content providers -- the authors of the fine devotions; Paul Westermeyer, Victor Gebauer, Carl Schalk for their fine columns; those who have interviewed various "Profiles" subjects and the subjects themselves;  writers Scott Hyslop, David Christian, Tom Leeseberg-Lange; and presenters David Mennicke, Dien Ashley Taylor, Paul Soulek and Betsy Werner, and Philip Pfatteicher

* Editors -- Nancy Raabe, Linda Kempke

* Technical assistants -- Karla Hein, Jim Kosinsky, and Aaron Schalk, all at CUC; and the various videographers around the country who have worked on the "Profiles."


New on the website since Ash Wednesday....

* Paul Westermeyer has posted four new reflections.

* Victor Gebauer has posted a wonderful profile of Theodore Hoelty-Nickel whose vision and energy, primarily at Valpo, the church continues to benefit from even today.

* Also in the "profiles" feature....various interviews are planned for this spring including Irene Beethe interviewing Charles Ore at his home in Seward NE and Mark Bender interviewing Henry Gerike, long-time church and seminary musician, composer, and editor.


Several has asked about the Schalk American Lutheran hymnal collection, what it includes etc.  An annotated listing of all the hymnals will appear on the website soon including those which are now available for digital perusal at hymnary.org. (Yeah,  know I promised this weeks ago; life's been busy!)

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

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.

Charles Ore: An American Original by Irene Beethe is slated for fall 2015 release.

Digital Initiatives

The Center is exploring an open-source, Wiki program for making composer manuscripts available for research on online.

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!

"This joyful Eastertide away with sin and sorrow!"

Peace and joy,

Barry L. Bobb

Center for Church Music

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