As part of The Hymn Society’s centennial celebration in 2022, we are curating a collection of congregational hymns, songs, and choruses that will launch us into our second century. This collection will speak to the needs of the contemporary church, but also be prospective and prophetic. Its focus will be the theme of community.
The global pandemic and climate change are but two of many crises that have vividly reminded us that we are all connected, that we are all part of the fabric of Creation, and that we need each other. The awareness of our need for community—the challenges that community presents, the threats that it faces, and what will nurture and strengthen community in its broadest sense—is a theme which will continue to be vital in our singing life.
This collection will showcase a variety of voices, cultures, forms, and languages. Melodies should be singable and text should use inclusive language, language that addresses or describes both humanity and God. In an effort to be forward-looking and inclusive, this collection will include hymns, songs, and choruses that are paperless or best taught using audio/visual aids. Submissions that use audio/visual aids must include either a music score or written text.
All nominations are expected to follow the search guidelines and must be received by The Hymn Society by September 15, 2021, in order to be considered. The committee reserves the right not to include nominations that do not adequately fulfill the criteria of the search.
The collection will be presented at the Centennial Celebration in the summer of 2022.
- Nominations will be for congregational songs and hymns already composed, whether published or unpublished. We are not seeking new compositions written expressly for this collection, nor will there be a song/hymn competition. For published pieces, please include copyright information.
- Texts submitted without music should include a tune recommendation.
- Texts in a language other than English must be accompanied by an English translation, either a singing translation, or a literal, non-singing text for comprehension.
- The melody of the tune must be within the singing capabilities of an average congregation.
- In the spirit of community, you may submit one nomination of your own work and up to ten of someone else’s.
- The nomination should be submitted as a PDF document that can be printed on 8.5” x 11” paper.
- Engraved manuscripts are not required, but hand-notated manuscripts must be clean and legible. Illegible submissions will not be considered.
- Audio files should be submitted as mp3, wav, m4a, flac, mp4, wma, or aac files. Video files should be submitted as mp4, mov, wmv, flv, or avi.
- Nominations must be received by September 15, 2021 in order to be considered. All nominations will be acknowledged upon receipt.
- The musical score, text, video, and/or audio should be uploaded here.