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Center for Church Music

What We're Doing

In support of these convictions the Center for Church Music is involved in a number of educational activities:

  • 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