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 2020 Richard Hillert Award Winners in Student Composition

Formal presentation of the award certificates, cash prize, and an opportunity to hear the pieces will be at the 2021 ALCM national conference in Philadelphia.

Thanks to everyone who submitted pieces for consideration!

Thomas Johnson (Concordia University Nebraska) for his women’s choir anthem “Closet Prayer”, using a poem from fellow CUNE student, Carrie Black.

Owen Duncan (Concordia University Irvine) for “I Am Still Seeking You”, a setting for SATB choir, clarinet, and piano.

Past Winners

Hillert 2018

Austin Theriot (Concordia University Nebraska) for his SA and keyboard setting of "Psalm 8."

David Gilson (Concordia University Chicago) for his TTBB acapella motet "Isaiah 12.