January 2020

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

Grants for 2020 Events

The Center has received two generous grants from LutheranArts for events in 2020.  One will be a workshop for aspiring hymn text writers and the other for composers of hymn tunes. Watch for more information!

Hillert Award in Student Competition

Open to any undergrad or graduate student at a Lutheran university or seminary. Submissions are due June 1st. Winners will be announced in October

Digital Initiative 

  • The scanning and coding of the American Lutheran Hymnal Collection is complete.
  • Scanning of original manuscripts continues.

Print Publications

I Walk with Angels: The Life and Work of James Engel by Carl R. Ziebell is in print and is available through Amazon or Fortress Press.

Resource Room

Lots of new books have been accessioned and added to the collection. Work has begun on an extensive liturgical choir reference library. Come and see for yourself!

Manuscript Archive

The original manuscripts of Paul Bouman will be moved to the Center soon. Archiving is currently progressing on the works of Robert Bergt, Don Rotermund, and Hugo Gehrke.


Both of our recent Hillert Award recipients---Austin Theriot & David Gilson--- heard wonderful performances of their winning pieces at this summer's ALCM conference in Portland OR.

Both of our current Schalk Scholars---Sam Eatherton and Ben Kolodciej---had impressive summers: Ben played the opening service at ALCM Portland and took his church choir to England. He's working on several projects for us. He'll be presenting at the annual Lectures in Church Music next month.

Sam Eatherton finished his DMA at Baylor and had a couple of papers published in journals. He's currently looking at combining his work at Zion, Dallas with being a research fellow. In November he'll be presenting on spiritual formation in children through hymnody and liturgy at the Good Shepherd Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN.