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.

What we do

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


Website launch set for April 21st with a variety of initial features
“Devotions on the Hymn of the Week”
“Profiles in American Lutheran Church Music” with Video interviews and PDF essays
“Reflections” – Paul Westermeyer
“Perspectives” – Carl Schalk with Nancy Raabe
“Discoveries” – various contributors
“Conversations” – video dialogs and panel discussions on current topics
“E-newsletter” – Linda Kempke, ed - coming soon!
“From the Director” – Barry Bobb

Additional features, including curriculum offerings, to appear in summer of 2014

Online video series: “Congregational Song and the Lutheran Liturgy” – Rev. Dien Ashley Taylor

Print Publications include 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)



Contact Information



Website: The Center for Church Music

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Other: Print Publications

Other: Devotions on the Hymn of the Week


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