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Hillert Award

The Center for Church Music, in partnership with the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, wishes to honor the legacy of Concordia University Chicago distinguished professor of music Dr. Richard Hillert. This legacy includes not only his many liturgical pieces and musical works, but also his many gifts for teaching composition.

The 2018 Competition

The Richard Hillert Award in Student Composition is awarded every other year to a current student at a Lutheran university or seminary. Nominations are now open for the 2018 competition.

* Nominations may come from someone other than the composer.

* The submitted piece must be a church music composition (3-5 minutes in length)--suitable for a liturgical service.

* Compositions to be considered by the panel of judges are invited from all geographic areas and from all genres.

* The cash prize of $500 will be awarded at the ALCM biennial conference (July 2019) which may also include a performance of the work as a part of its program.

* The Center for Church Music also provides $500 toward the winning composer's travel to the conference.


1. Two electronic copies of the submitted work---one unattributed (without the composer's name) and one with the composer's name are required.

2. In addition to the required musical scores, composers may submit a recording of the work. 

3. Submissions for the 2018 award must be received by June 1, 2018.

4. Only one composition will be considered per composer.

5. Submissions should be sent to Barry.Bobb@CUChicago.edu


2016 Winners

Philip Biedenbender from St. Olaf College in Northfield MN

“And You Will Sleep”  (Unaccompanied SATB choral anthem with text by Laurie F. Gauger)

The anthem will be published by earthsongs in the spring of 2017.

The jury also strongly recommended for honorable mention…

 Scott Gercken from Concordia University Chicago

“Psalm and Hymn for the Evening Service”