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Augsburg Fortress develops engaging resources for Lutheran congregations In our ministry as the publishing house of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we create substantive and innovative materials to support the ministries of faith communities in communicating the good news of God's liberating grace. To meet the evolving needs of Lutheran communities, we continually invest in the development of new ministry resources, seeking ongoing input from theologians, educators, church leaders, and church members.
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Solos and Duets for Pentecost and June

Posted on May 15, 2020 12:12:31 PM by Augsburg Fortress in Music Ministry, in COVID-19, in Coronavirus

This is a challenging time to work in church music. Choir plans have been scuttled as a result of public health guidelines and we are working with new methods of connecting with one another. Many are streaming music from home as part of online worship services. To assist with this, Augsburg Fortress is extending through July 31, 2020, its temporary permission for worshiping communities to include Augsburg Fortress administered liturgical text and liturgical music copyrights in a livestream or podcast. Read more about this in our landing page.

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Free Sheet Music for Eastertide Vocal Solo

Posted on Apr 8, 2020 2:19:34 PM by Augsburg Fortress in Music Ministry

“’Twas on a Sunday Morning,” a solo from composer Evelyn Larter, is perfect for Easter Sunday or Eastertide. Augsburg Fortress will be releasing a collection of vocal solos from Larter next year, but in the meantime we have made this manuscript available for free in the hopes that churches will find it useful when many congregations are unable to assemble in person. Permission is granted by the composer and Augsburg fortress to reproduce this piece for worship through August of 2020.

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One License and LicenSing Online Merge

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 8:35:21 AM by Augsburg Fortress in Uncategorized

As of January 1, 2017, these two principal providers of hymn and song licensing for mainline Protestant and Roman Catholic communities merged, retaining the One License name. What does this mean for Prelude Music Planner subscribers who reprint or project music covered by these licenses? Those who held only One License may have already noticed that more content is covered than before, especially from copyright holders like OCP Publications, whose works were previously only covered by LicenSing Online. Those who held both licenses will find it less complicated to report usage in one place rather than two.

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Heinrich Schütz and Reformation 500

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 3:11:44 PM by Augsburg Fortress in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in Planning

Each year on July 28, the church commemorates a trio of important musicians—Bach, Schütz, and Handel—and prays for those who nurture and equip the church’s song. While Schütz (baptized October 9, 1585; died November 6, 1672) is probably the least known among the three, his music was influential in setting the stage for the mixture of national styles seen in the music of later composers such as Buxtehude, Böhm, and Bach. Today, Schütz’s works continue to appear in new editions and creative arrangements, some of which are listed below as suggestions for the 2017 anniversary year.

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Register today for the National Conference for Sacred Music!

Posted on Nov 20, 2015 1:32:31 PM by Augsburg Fortress in Uncategorized

Leading the Church's Song

January 6–8, 2016

First United Methodist Church | Corpus Christi, Texas

Featuring David Cherwien, Eric Nelson, Susan Briehl, Heather Williams Potter, Jackson Henry, and Ed Rollins

National Conference for Sacred Music is a unique conference designed to provide the practicing church musician with fresh new ideas to help create a vital, growing music ministry. The emphasis of this conference is to provide a wide variety of new approaches to revitalize and reinvigorate the church’s passion for music in worship. Sessions will include the following:

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How do I get my 20% Prelude discount when ordering music through augsburgfortress.org?

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 2:47:23 PM by Augsburg Fortress in Uncategorized

As you’re probably well aware, Prelude subscribers receive 20% off print music published by Augsburg Fortress (does not apply to hymnals and other core worship resources). But how does this work when ordering music online at augsburgfortress.org?

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A Little Child Shall Lead Them

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 12:16:35 PM by Augsburg Fortress in Potpourri, in Uncategorized

“A[nother] biblical quotation about children is the “a little child shall lead them” in Isaiah’s vision of the peaceful kingdom (Isaiah11:6). When considering the practical aspects of children in worship, it is wise to ask how children can lead.

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I Got Circles of Rhythm

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 9:58:55 AM by Augsburg Fortress in Instruments and Ensembles, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in Potpourri

From Ted-Ed and contributor and educator John Varney:

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Ten Tips for Introducing New Music

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 1:17:19 PM by Augsburg Fortress in Assembly Song, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in review-prelude

There are churches in all denominations in this country where congregations do sing well, and it is always because there is at least one person who is actively expecting it.
—Alice Parker, Melodious Accord

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New Choral Titles for Lent, Easter, Spring 2015

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 8:32:41 AM by Augsburg Fortress in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in Planning, in Potpourri, in review-prelude

Sometimes we confuse somber with slow, penitential with plodding. Although the pace of worship and music matters, and in some ways tempo and piety are intertwined, they are not as formulaic as their use in Christian worship sometimes might suggest. Faster does not equal more joyous. Consider popular music. Some of the quickest music around—bluegrass and death metal—can be both dark and penitential, often in the extreme.

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