2019 Hymn Festival Search

As part of The Hymn Society’s ongoing commitment to the enrichment of congregational song, the Executive Committee has announced a search for an outline and script for a hymn festival focused on the theme of welcome towards refugees and immigrants.  The winning entry will be announced at our July 2019 conference in Dallas, Texas.  This search seeks creative and thoughtful outlines and scripts that help us reflect in some way on the current immigrant and refugee crisis in North American and around the world.

This search is for an outline and script for a hymn festival.  Festival outlines should utilize (but not be restricted to) hymns and songs from Singing Welcome: Hymns and Songs of Hospitality to Refugees and Immigrants (freely available at https://thehymnsociety.org/resources/singing-welcome/).

Additionally, festival submissions should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Festivals should be a minimum of sixty and a maximum of 120 minutes in length, and be submitted in PDF or Word format.
  • Any musical notations or texts not in public domain must be included in line or as a separately attached file, also in PDF or Word format.
  • All music and texts must include proper credits/copyright information.
  • Desired instrumentation for selections encouraged to be included.

A prize of $500 will be offered to the winning entry.  The awarding of any prize money is conditional upon the assignment of copyright to The Hymn Society.  The winning entry, as well as other strong entries, may be published in a resource to be made available on The Hymn Society website and may be produced at a future annual conference.

All entries are expected to follow the search guidelines and must be received by The Hymn Society by May 15, 2019 in order to be considered.  The judges reserve the right not to name a winner in the event that no entry adequately fulfills the criteria of the search.


Resources for Creating a Hymn Festival

The following resources might be helpful for those who are crafting their hymn festivals for this search.

What Is A Hymn Festival by Eric Wall