January 2022

Catch up on what's been accomplished and learn more about the Center for Church Music's new initiatives!

Even as the pandemic continues to linger, much has been happening at the Center…. 


Three video presentations from last fall’s Lectures in Church Music have been posted to the “Conversations” feature on the Center’s website….

“Still a Resonant Voice for the Living Voice: The Life and Legacy of Carl Schalk” [Steven Wente & Barry Bobb]

“The Hymnody of Herman G. Stuempfle, Jr.: A Call for Christian Outreach and Social Ministry” [Deborah Jackman]

“Amanda Husberg (1940-2021): An Appreciation of Her Hymn Tunes” [Scott Hyslop]


Thanks to the leadership of Linda Witte Henke, the Center’s advocacy for the visual arts in worship continues to blossom! On the homepage of the Center’s website, you will find…

            “The Arts in Worship” (“In Due Season”)

Provides free, downloadable, editable visuals following the church year. Suitable for bulletins, newsletters, screens, banners, etc.

            “Artist Interviews”

Video conversations with Lutheran artists. Ft. Wayne artist John Hrehov was recently featured.

            “William Wolfram Student Award in Liturgical Art”

Similar to the Hillert Award, this award is open to any student at a Lutheran university or seminary. The award’s name honors the distinguished service to the Church of William Wolfram, Professor Emeritus of Art at Concordia University Nebraska.  It recognizes student artists who evidence commitment to the Christian faith and practice, excellence in artistic expression, sustained connection to the liturgical worship tradition, and commitment to the creation of art purposed for use within liturgical worship settings. The recipient will receive a certificate and monetary award of $1,000.00. Applications must be submitted as a single PDF attachment emailed to Barry.Bobb@cuchicago.edu no later than 12 midnight on May 1, 2022.


The Center in partnership with the ALCM is again accepting manuscript submissions from any student in a Lutheran university or seminary in the United States and Canada. Nominations may come from someone other than the composer.

The submitted piece must be a church music composition (3-5 minutes in length) and suitable for a liturgical service. Compositions in all genres and from all geographical areas are welcomed. Cash prize of $1000 along with a certificate presentation at the annual Lectures in Church Music and possible performance at an ALCM national conference. Deadline: June 1, 2022. Submit to Barry.Bobb@CUChicago.edu. Include sound recording if possible.