September 2020

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


Grants for 2020 Events

2021 Events Two workshops originally planned for this year — one for aspiring hymn writers and the other for composers of hymn tunes — have been moved to 2021. Watch for more information.

2020 Richard Hillert Award in Student Composition Winners

The Center for Church Music, in partnership with the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, is proud to announce the following two winners of the 2020 Richard Hillert Award in Student Composition:

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.

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.

Third Schalk Scholar Appointed

The Schalk Scholar program seeks to identify and support up-and-coming scholars in the area of church music. The program provides an annual stipend of $1,000 for research, public recognition, publication (in print and online), as well as opportunities to present their work to the public.

Our newest appointee is Daniel George Baker. Daniel is a graduate of the DPM program at Concordia University Wisconsin and recently completed his masters at the University of Florida. He has been accepted into the PhD program at the University of Birmingham.

Profiles in American Lutheran Church Music

• PDF essays

Recently posted on the Center’s website are profiles of Hugo Gehrke, Donald Busarow, and Carl Halter. There were all prepared by Schalk Scholar Benjamin Kolodziej.

In early August Bob Batastini sat down with Michael Silhavy to discuss the life and work of Richard Proulx. Then, in turn, Michael interviewed Bob about his remarkable career and influence at GIA. Both of these are currently being edited and will soon be posted.

Composers Manuscript

Indices David Fienen’s extensive and wonderful archive on the life and work of Jan Bender is now available on the Center’s website.

Also added last month were composer manuscript indices for Donald Busarow, Henry Markworth, Robert Bergt, Donald Rotermund, and Hugo Gerhke.

Paul Bouman’s original manuscripts arrived at the Center in August and are being organized. Paul Weber’s will be delivered to the Center in November.

Online Research

“Martin Luther and Music Education: The Impact of Luther’s Philosophy on Lutheran Music Education Today”, a master’s thesis from Daniel George Baker, newly appointed Schalk Scholar, has been posted on this website. Fascinating!

New Partnership

The Center has entered a partnership with CMI (Church Music Institute) in Dallas TX as it developed an extensive Liturgical Choir Reference Library. To be unveiled onsite and online in fall of 2021!