June 9, 2010
Samford To Host Hymn Society Conference, Workshop
Samford University will host the annual conference of The Hymn Society--"Sing of Justice-Sing of Peace"--July 11-15.
According to the Society, conference plenary speakers, daily hymn festivals and sectional events "will give voice to the ways people have expressed their longing for justice and freedom."
Plenary speakers will include Mary Louise Bringle, Dan Damon and Andrew Donaldson.
Samford's Division of Music will host a post-conference workshop called "Refresh," offering church musicians an opportunity to explore current developments in resources, methods, and thought. Samford faculty and guests will lead presentations and discussions in the areas of choral repertory, worship leadership, work with children, readings and resources and renewing a sense of vocation. The workshops will be interspersed with worship and small groups for dinner and discussion.
The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, founded in 1922, is an ecumenical not-for-profit organization for those who value learning about the origins of the words and music they sing, who believe that congregational song is an integral component of worship, and that the writing and singing of new texts and tunes needs to be promoted.