The Center for Church Music serves as  a repository for special collections and works by history’s influential Christian church musicians, including significant contributions by American Lutherans. Through its work, the Center extends the legacy of a gifted generation of Lutheran church musicians. It seeks to foster an appreciation and understanding of the Church’s song among pastors, musicians, and laity, all the while encouraging the next generation of composers of sacred music. Here is what we do:

  • Presentations
    • Including some during the CUC’s annual Vi Messerli Memorial Lectures in Church Music
  • Online publications
  • Print Publications
    • Monographs and books, some in partnership with established publishers
      • “Shaping American Lutheran Church Music” series
      • "Essays in American Church Music" – David Music & Paul Westermeyer (A partnership with MorningStar Music Publications)
  • Resource acquisition and cataloging
    • Constantly adding important publications to the Center’s resource room
    • Manuscript libraries of important American Lutheran composers and hymn writers are being organized and acquired by the Center
  • Digital initiative
    • Creating global awareness and facilitate online research
    • Involving both the hymnal collection and the composer/hymn writer manuscript collections
    • Also including hymn festival recordings
  • Encouraging the next generation
    • Hillert Award in Composition
      • This award encourages young composers to write for the Church's liturgy and congregational song.
    • Schalk Scholars
      • Stipends for research projects, both large and small, in the area of study in congregational song
  • Webinars on practical church music topics
  • Fundraising for these various activities